A big day for England with the World Cup semi-final against Croatia, and a day for us built around the big game.
We’d scoped out somewhere to watch the match, so we had a slow morning at the campground before heading down into Owen Sound. Parking downtown cost us a flat fee of $5, somewhat cheaper than Inglis Falls, and with more value, and I didn’t mind making this our first paid parking jaunt. Mind you, the ticket machine had a handy-dandy digital display that was all but unreadable behind its much-degraded plastic cover, and the whole thing worked at a glacial pace. Still, I suppose that’s what you get for $5/9hours parking.
Like so may towns in Ontario these days, the main shopping street was dead, with barely anyone wandering around, and this on a midweek lunchtime. The shops people want are all out of town now, so the traditional downtown centres are all but finished. We did a bit of shopping, discovering a fairly large shop selling hardware and kitchen gadgets. A lot of the kitchen stuff was high quality and much of it from Europe, and while pricey, they did have a huge range of useful bits and pieces in there, and we came away with handfuls of things we didn’t know we needed. Well, that’s what you do on your holidays, isn’t it?
Then it was off to Shorty’s Grill on Third Street East, where the menu had a couple of vegan options and the football was on the TV. It was pretty quiet in there, too, although the staff did say that the match last Saturday had the place packed out. Well, we know the outcome of the game, so I’ll move on from that. Suffice it to say, Shorty’s was not a bad place to spend a few hours, and we left in reasonable spirits.
Outside it was hot, so we headed back to the trailer and while Mrs. T did some distance teaching with the younger tadpole (who is still at home; isn’t the Internet wonderful?), I read and pottered around for a while.
Needing petrol, we decided to make a late evening run into Meaford to fill up. Meaford is about 30Kms from here but the gas prices were, for some reason, significantly lower than in Owen Sound. Anyway, I fancied stopping off at the lookout on the escarpment to get some nice photos of the bay in the evening light. The photos didn’t happen, though, because there was a haze across the lake and we couldn’t see the other side at all, but the petrol expedition did work. In Meaford it was 13 cents per litre cheaper than in Owen Sound and I saved over $7 on the tank. Of course, a 60Km round trip made a dent in my savings, but we did have a nice evening run and saw all manner of wild and domestic livestock on the trip. Also, my dad would have proud of me searching out cheap gas.
We rounded off the evening with a DVD and some beer and cider. Unfortunately, the cider didn’t really agree with Mrs. T, but we’ll draw a veil over that episode.
Still no rain at all this week, and the car is looking like it lives in the Sahara Desert, so dusty is it. I’m not hankering for rain, but it’s unusual for us not to have any at all on our trips. There’s still Friday’s forecast to consider, so maybe we won’t have an entirely dry trip.
Tobermory tomorrow; that’ll be nice.
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