It's been a busy few months and I've only just been able to sit down and put together the final review of the year.
Just looking back, the camping kicked off again when I retired. Well, the retirement didn't last long and I was back working, driving school bus, before the end of October. Actually, I started driving again just a few days before we put Towed Haul to bed for the winter. The two events are linked.
Anyway, the review of our very short and very wet camping season:
Three trips and nine nights
735 Km or 457 miles towing
Gas consumption while towing: 18.9 litres/100 Km or 12.5 miles per US Gallon
We stayed local for all our trips, needing to be near dear daughter and her rapidly growing prodgeny, and the general theme seemed to be rain. A huge but not unexpected thunderstorm on the first trip, pretty much constant rain and flooding on the second, and a lot of rain on the last night of the last trip. I guess that's the way it goes sometimes, isn't it?
The first run out to Rondeau had us on a disappointing, and ultimately muddy, site. The hound (now the late lamented hound) made it impossible for two adults to share the queen bed so one of us, DW on this occasion, was displaced to the sofa bed at the front. It's not that we didn't enjoy the trip but there were frustrations all around.
The trip to Science Hill was a complete wash-out, as was documented at the time, and I was displaced to the sofa bed. Actually, the storm there was quite unprecendent and had the trailer rocking about for hours, and not in a good way.
Our final run to Rondeau was much more agreeable, with fine weather right up until the last night. Again well documented, our site (as diappointing as the last one) was bounded by rain water when we came to leave, although the Toadmobile dealt with the difficult hitch up and drag off procedure better than expected.
As a final hurrah for the season, we asked some friends over for dinner in Towed Haul when we were parked on our driveway at home. A pleasant evening was had, although four adults around the dinnette (it wasn't awning weather, this is Ontario in October) was a bit of a squeeze.
Towed Haul and the Toadmobile performed well on our trips. We had a little leak around the kitchen vent exhaust that I thought I'd fixed. It turned that just resealing the top and sides of the plastic cover wasn't sufficient, but a bead of caulking along the bottom edge solved the problem.
Our hitch receiver is looking the worse for wear having struggled through ten Canadian winters and I think it needs replacing. I forsee a trip the CanAm RV in my future.
So for 2022, we may yet be limited by COVID travel restrictions, who knows? I suspect that we'll stay local again, but we are intending to get out a bit more this year. Yes, I'm working right know, but I see an end to that. We do have an Airstream-free trip to the UK planned, but even that may get COVIDed, so we're sat here in the January sub-zero temperatures hoping rathing than planning for a full 2022.
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