Saturday, June 28, 2008

Day 64: Ottawa

Location: Ottawa, ON
Date: Fri, Jun 27th

Friday included a stop by CHUO to visit So Nice on his Cypher show from 1-3 pm.

After a hair cut and more inventory count, I met up with some friends for sushi at Sushi Kan. Again I forgot my Camera!

Then I bolted to CKCU to meet up with DJ Ducats on his 'Peaceful Journey' every Friday night 8-10 pm. In the house were DJ Frame, Floyd, Val (of Vos Media) and God Bless.

I headed to Standard to meet up with friends. After driving around 10 minutes looking for parking, my friend Ania phoned and stood in a spot outside of Standard to save it for me :)

We had some drinks and enjoyed Frame & Ducats at The Standard before heading upstairs to dance at Nine. Frame & Ducats are much nicer with the music...

Oh, and finally, it was so humid and hot in Ottawa that my roommate begged me to install the A/C. It was nice!

Day 62 & 63: Ottawa

Location: Ottawa, ON
Dates: Wed, June 25th - Thurs, June 26th.

Wednesday I was up early running errands, and when I got to my apartment I was greeted by a nice gate blocking me from my parking space. Figured it out and handled business until 5 pm.

I went for a nice picnic along the river and saw a ground hog. The wine tetra packs hit me a bit hard with me being so exhausted. Highlight was sitting on the front stoop of Chateau Laurier sippin' the tetra packs. I forgot my camera again!

Thursday was dealing with a hangover, so I ran tons of errands (oil changes, canada day props, etc). I started an inventory count that I legally have to do every 6 months for me to own a business in Ontario. I have to pay provincial sales tax on merch sold or given away as promo. Huge pain.

I met up with Team Flail Strikes Back for some volleyball. We fought hard and finally won games #5 & 6. I take personal responsibility for our wins! :) Dude Super! Out for drinks at Quinn's on Bank.

I finished the night with a shrimp ring with my roommate (in place of the usual Shrimp Ring Sundays I've missed). He's Manic Mike from CHRI in Ottawa!

For the first time in 60 days, I got a night's sleep in my bed... the 8 hours were glorious!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Day 59, 60 & 61: Thunder Bay to Sault Ste Marie to Ottawa

Location: Ottawa, ON
Dates: Sun, Jun 22nd to Tues, June 24th

Total kms driven: 16,862
Total $$$ spent on gas: $2,446.49 (my budget is shot)
Total $$$ spent on groceries, drinks, etc: $467.79 (approximately $8 per day)

The 20+ hours of driving from Thunder Bay to Ottawa were pretty boring. The weather alternated from pouring thunder showers to beautiful sunny skies about 5 times.

Gas in White River (the birthplace of Winnie the Pooh) was a disgusting 145.9.

The skies cleared around Lake Superior Provincial Park, so I stopped at Katherine Cove to enjoy the beaches and sunset.

While wandering the rocks, I discovered a dude playing guitar.

I saw four more moose along the drive, including this one that ran across the road in front of me.

About an hour outside of Sault Ste Marie, I pulled off at a carpool parking lot and slept a good 7 hours in my van. It was the fourth time sleeping in the van, and by far the best sleep yet. Above zero temperatures and shade seem to help :)

The next day, I had the most amazing breakfast at Busy Bee's Restaurant. It'd been about a month since I last had bacon & eggs, so it was a treat!

I was glad when I made it to Manitoulin, where gas was 131.8 - the cheapest I'd seen since Edmonton.

I was welcomed back to Ottawa by backed up 6 pm traffic due to construction.

I met up with my good friend Stephanie. I'd brought back some Old Dutch potato chips, which I'd never heard of before travelling west, and her cat Riley took quite a liking to them.

Check the youtube video:

I've done some walking along the river in Ottawa and saw lots of geese and a turtle, but I forgot my camera. I also fit in a game of softball...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Day 58: Thunder Bay

Location: Thunder Bay, ON
Date: Sat, June 21st

I was up early to climb Mount Mckay, which is quite a trek. We drove to the highest outlook point, which features an impressive drop off before the trail (if you can call it that) to the top.

We arrived at the top just in time to witness the sun rise providing a breathtaking view of Thunder Bay. The hike took a couple hours and I was pretty disappointed that I forgot my camera. The best I could do was my fuzzy cell phone snapshots.

The early morning led to some naps during the day, but there was a trip to Chippewa and lunch with Rogue of Def Kontrol Entertainment.

The big event of the day was my show at the Addy 227 on Simpson St. The show was one of the best of the tour. Fan response was great... I had a blast!

First up was Derty Thought:

Second up were Leo B Dope and Plan B:

Third up was Problem Child:

Fourth up were Dystrakted and John Suave.

I went fifth followed by Sleep Clinic. They consist of Ayough, Bajmahaj, Nevamind and Miss Flow

The final act of the night was the show's promoter, Webster Death

This newly married couple became new fans of mine!

I ended the night by leaving a Wendy's burger minus the burger, just the buns, on a stoop on Simpsons street. Along with a lighter someone donated to my tour donation dog bowl! :)

Day 57: Winnipeg to Thunder Bay

Location: Thunder Bay, ON
Date: Friday, June 20th

I was up early and on the road by 9 am. After being on the road for 57 days, I wasn't surprised at how excited I was to see the "Welcome to Ontario" sign!

The drive from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay took quite a bit longer than expected due to all the frikin construction!

I took a break in Dryden by the big moose to eat lunch.

While stopped in Dryden I met a nice couple from Moncton, NB who were on a trip similar to mine. Being from NB, they mentioned how it was strange that they hadn't seen any moose yet. I'd only seen two up to that point. Well, after leaving Dryden I saw 8 moose on the drive to Thunder Bay!

On this drive, I made sure I stopped at the Arctic Watershed line to take pictures!

Finally around 8 pm, I arrived in Thunder Bay to link up with Dystrakted again.

We had some drinks, worked on a new track and then headed out to the bar. There was a bit of an after party with new friends Krystal, Jay, Miranda, Missy and Nishina.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Day 56: Winnipeg, MB

Location: Winnipeg, MB

Up at 10:30 am, I handled business until 2:30 pm, then set out to check the St. Andrew's Rectory National Historic Site and Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site.

I travelled north out of Winnipeg, along the Red River.

The first stop was the St. Andrew's Rectory National Historic Site, which I actually found to be a bit boring. Basically in the 1820s, Christians moved in to teach their ways to the trading post people and first nations folks. This church burnt down, and was replaced by the stone rectory in 1854. It was one of the first stone houses built along Red River, which became the architectural trend for the area. Oh, there was a harmonium which was used until 1888.

I made a stop at the St. Andrews Dam where boaters could be seen driving up the post-dam rapids trying to catch fish. I found it interesting was that the water was running North, which goes against my conventional wisdom. But then I remembered that when I drove from Thunder bay to Winnipeg, I passed the line of the Artic Watershed

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site was more interesting. They had a ton of employees, all of whom were expected to act as if they were from the days when the fort was build. Some pulled it off in the laid back style I like, others were too laid back or too over the top.

Lower Fort Garry's buildings were completed in the 1840s, and are one of the finest collections of early stone buildings in Western Canada.

Its central purpose was to support the trade of the Hudson's Bay Company.

Later the buildings served as training grounds for North-West Mounted Police, a provincial penitentiary, and a mental health facility.

Apparently, the warehouse of the 1800's included plastic mannequins and wooden guns. :)

What I find most striking is the impact the fur trade had on aboriginal people. Two hundred years ago, this land belonged to them... Evidence has shown they were the people of the land as far back as 1240 AD. In Edmonton, I was chatting with Arlo Maverick & Mother Peace about the new evidence that has surfaced regarding the "taking the native out of the children" practice enforced by schools a hundred years ago. It leaves me conflicted and wishing there was more going on to encourage the growth of the first nation cultures. Why should they have to adapt to us?

Of course, any trading post had a store. They couldn't have liquor in the store, so out back is where the rum, gin, brandy, port and sherry was stored.

And of course, any trading post also had a furloft.

Around 6 pm, I met up with my friend Dave, who was umpiring a couple ball games. I tagged along and managed to sub on with one of the teams, 'Beer Garden Bound', for two games. We won the first 3-0, and lost the second 7-5 despite my two out last inning RBI double. :)

Afterwards we headed to this prairie restaurant called Earl's, which is renown for their beautiful lady employees. I had some sushi and a few cocktails with Dave, Cheryl, Johnny, Steven, Matt and Alanna. It was nice. I forgot my camera though.

Sleep now. Thunder Bay tomorrow...

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