Louies’ message “Silly Faces” Bob and I are at the dinner table with Louie and Bella.. we’re all making funny faces at the camera. Funny! Thats’ what Grandparents do-teach their Grandkids to be silly, don’t take life too seriously..and they don’t get in trouble for it! Ha Ha.
Outside Mount Brydges heading towards Komoka, The Caradoc Public had a nice message for Bob and Jesse’s Journey and all the kids were at the fence cheering him on. They also have a donation that will be forwarded to Jesses Journey office. Thanks Kids! These are truly the special moments on the road.
The crew today are, Jake and Irene, Marsh O, Rob H, Peter .Tony Pomponio, cousin Glen, and two special Newbies, Louies other set of Grandparents, Mark and Robin Taylor from Omaha!! We had a bit of a rain delay, it is so hot out here that thunderstorms are rolling thru, but they are moving fast. It wasn’t a long delay and it was our first break anyway. Gino Citton sent a platter of baked goods for everyone so that is good.We stopped at the Tim Hortons in Komoka. We had a special vist from Fred Bauer, owner of the Lambeth Jr D Lancers. He presented Bob with a cheque from the spring tryouts. Rob is an alumni, he played Jr D with the Lancers at the age of 14. Hockey people are family. That was special. Another business man came out of his office and offered to buy Peter M and I a coffee-he left a Tim Hortons card and went back to his office and took a collection (priceless)
Louies’ message: A close up picture of Louies hand resting on top of Grandpa Bobs’ big hand. A touching picture.
“Our Last Monday!” It’s HOT! 33 degrees with a humidex of 40-45. I want to turn the generator on in the m/h (it runs the main air conditioning) Silence…….oh oh, I need air today.. I’m waiting for Peter M to get here to see if we are out of propane? Everything is okay the generator is back on..cool air.
Wayside Inn-Paynes mills- Shedden- Iona Louies’ message of the day ” Laughter is good for the soul” Its’ a picture of Rob in his friend, Jeff Blashills’ ( assistant coach for Detroit Red wings) hockey equipment which is about 5x too small for Rob..with a hockey helmet sitting high on his head, hilarious, thanks for the laugh.
Newbies today are Cindy Burt, Darren Williams, & Jamie. Carrie, Zoe, Grace, Jake, Rob H Peter M Carol and me and of course Bob. Zoe brought us more cards for Louie from the grade 0ne class, they are so cute. There was one card (this kid is going to be a professional artist) it was a scene with lots of buildings and a figure flying like super man with a cape and everything and it said “Super Louie”.
The first 5 k is done. It is really windy today and cloudy & they are walking against the wind. We are parked in front of a church and behind is a farm. The dairy farmer’s wife came all the way down her laneway ( I swear it must have been 5k long) to give us a donation. Peter M and I made our way, past Shedden -we parked at the Shedden Cemetary & we had an oops!! Peter M drove the m/h under some large, low bearing tree branches and we’re stuck! Literally. We cannot move forward or back and it sounded like the top came off the M/H. We’re waiting for Grandpa Bob , Dale and Jamie to come and Help. Here they are, both Jamie and Dale climb the tree, Jamie got up on the roof, they lifted the tree branches up off the roof while Peter inched forward. It worked we were free. Jamie is a firefighter and Dale use to clear big trees for the hydro lines…so we were lucky to have two experts on board. Peter tried to blame Rob Hammond, but Rob left after the first 5k today, (Rob you’re lucky)
We had a nice lunch provided by Evelyn’s Sausage in Shedden, we had fresh sub sandwhiches. Thank-you Evelyn . Lunch break over- we had storm clouds and it was windy this morning- London and Strathroy got the rain, the storm clouds went right by us and then the sun came out and so did the heat! It’s around 90 degrees out there.
Next 6k took us to Holland Resturant in Iona- we turned right making our way thru Iona Station and ending our day south of the 401 . Darren williams suggested we go to Dutton on Saturday- the town is having their big garage sale and car show- so we may alter our route tomorrow. So another day done , 5 more to go. It is so hard to believe that we are this close to home. While we are busy walking down the k’s my daughter Lisa, my Brother Allan and cousin Lisa Battel are all busy working on the Gala at the Marconi Club Wednesday May 30th at the Marconi Club.
It’s May 23rd and we are heading to Aylmer today. Louies’ message of the day “Seek the Wisdom of the ages, but look @ the world thru the eyes of a child.”
I’m sitting in the m/h it is 6:30am, waiting for everyone to arrive. Peter M has gone to get our coffee. Rob H just showed up. It’s going to be another HOT day ! Dana Vanderspank has joined us! long time friend of our Lisa.
So off we go driving to our starting point at theGreenline sign outside of Tillsonburg. Brother Gino & Sharon are here ready to go. We have a good group again. Dana, Gino, Jake, & Bob. walking. Rob H and Sharon in the lead car,Carol and Irene in the rear van and Peter M and I in the motor home. They just walked the first 6.5K-took a 1/2 hr break. Brother Gino wanted cream for his feet already and blisters have started. But he is determined to walk the next 6 K with Dana’s encouragment. She’s the young one of the group!
We stop at 6k and head to Summers Corners where Mike and Trudi Wolfe are waiting. It is literally “Louie Day” at the Malahide Fire Dept. They greeted Louie with a large gift basket full of cars, colouring books et. The Firemen greeted him with a firemen’s hat and coat his size and made him A firefighter for the day,( we got great pictures of him sitting in the pumper truck with cousin Oakley as a passenger). The smiles could not have been wider!!!!!Louie was honking the horn and Oakley was blasting the siren.
They had a BBQ going for lunch, a raffle table set up with beautiful gift sets. Shaw’s ice cream sent a icecream cooler and staff to serve ice cream. The Family even went on a beautiful horse wagon ride. There were two beautiful Black horses all dressed up in their riggings. But the big attraction was the old clunker of a car with about 6 sledge hammers. You could take a swipe at this car and they called it “CRUSH DUCHENNE’ how appropriate!
It’s Sunday and our starting point is Dundas St. Woodstock. Another beautiful day! We cannot believe the weather!….hopefully it will continue..(cooler would be nice)