So I thought I’d take this chance to chat a little about how the trip is going. Less than 3 weeks in and we are still adjusting, constantly. So far the one good thing we consistently do is not fight, I hope the lasts.
However there are still some things that need work. First and foremost we need to plan. We did a terrible job of this through Canada and I’m hoping it’s just because we thought, “hey it’s Canada in early June we don’t need reservations or a general idea of what we’re doing”. We showed up places that were full, we drove hundreds of kilometres to a place where we realised there was nothing we wanted to do (or more that we couldn’t afford to do it) which is a bit frustrating when filling the gas tank pretty much puts us over budget for the day. I do feel better though as we head south that we have made a few more plans, we have a clearer idea of where we’re going and now trying to research a little more about the place as we get closer, so Canada we apologise for doing such a crappy job of exploring you.
Another problem we encountered was contaminated water. We still aren’t 100% about this but I was suffering some serious GI distress after Regina, as was Dan. We filled our tank in Regina at the trailer park, we don’t think it was necessarily the water, it may have been our hose which did claim to be safe for RV’s or just the process was done incorrectly. Apparently attaching your hose to the tap turning it on and the sticking it in your tank is wrong. First you should run the water for a few minutes then you take your proper non toxic drinking hose (that has been stored with the two ends attached while not in use) attaching to the tap, run more water, the you AIM the water into your tank ensuring that the hose NEVER goes in the tank. We had to spend a whole day sanitizing everything including the tank, which is a hassle when you do have access to water like say at a house, an even bigger hassle when you are in a provincial park. Touch wood, we’ve been fine since, so hopefully we won’t have to worry about GI distress until Mexico.
Staying on budget at this point is near impossible (although we have had below budget days) but we knew this portion of the trip was going to be difficult to stay on point. We’ll just keep doing the best we can.
And please don’t get me wrong, we are having an amazing time, I just need to learn to manage my expectations and to realise it’s ok to still want your bed at home some days.