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Driving into Toronto on the Express

 

6.17.10                    Toronto's Zoo & Glen Rouge CG

 

Another great day!

 

The mere 48 miles through Toronto were a white-knuckle drive that felt like 6 hours.  I want the memory to fade, but the drive is worthy of explanation.

 

First, here’s how the highways work (I think).  There are 3 lanes called “the collector” and you use those lanes to exit or enter the highway.  There are 3 lanes further left, parallel to the collector, separated by concrete, called “the express” and that’s for straight driving.  You cannot exit the highway system from the express, but you can exit to the collector.

 

So here’s the deal.

How I felt after driving Toronto!
  You enter on the collector and move over to the express when you get a left exit lane to it.  Then you ride in the express until just before your exit.  You exit right onto the collector, and then you have about a kilometer or two to take a right  exit off the collector.  Get it? 

 

Trucks here drive, as Jazy described it, more like they are cars than trucks:  tailgating, excessive speed, and swerving in and out of lanes.  We prefer more conservative behavior by enormous trucks.  I worried about them sideswiping me as they erratically would weave along.  They were scary!

 

Toronto is Canada’s biggest city!  Did you know that?  So other driving will be a piece of cake after Toronto, right?

 

I did not kiss the ground when we arrived, but I wanted to.

 

This blog will be short - its 10:30 and I’m tired.

Campground hostess, Karen (wonderful!)
  Plus, Ned votes for shorter blogs.  J  So to the meat of it!

 

Glen Rouge Campground is wonderful!!  It is lovely, peaceful, and green with water and electric on grass along the Rouge River.  Delightful!  ($30).  Thanks to my friend, Harvey, for the info- more on Harvey in a minute!

 

Karen in the campground office gave us maps, directions for public transit into Toronto, and took a long time helping us.

 

The famous Toronto Zoo was our afternoon fun ($21 adults, $13 Lia).  A 3-mile easy drive in Ciao and lots of zoo parking ($10).  We rested and snacked mid-day in the RV, returning when it was mostly empty.  Delightful!  A beautiful day with mid-80’s temps.

Polar Bear, Toronto Zoo
  Loved the polar bears best.

 

Our campground neighbors are great- some from B.C. and others from Germany!  They gave us excellent Ontario info and we may expand our visit thanks to their help.

 

Lia’s 11th birthday is tomorrow so Jazy helped her bake a cake.  Exciting!  We'll visit in-town Toronto tomorrow, so it will be awaiting our return.

 

The G-8 conference is north of here this weekend and the G-20 is here in Toronto next weekend - chaos is expected.

 

Gas this morning was $.98.  A liter.  Times 3.8 to get a gallon!  Exchange rate is 1 to 1.  So I guess that $2.95/gallon in Perry, NY doesn’t seem so bad now.

 

I must run email Harvey.  Let me tell you, Harvey is another trip angel like Evelyn.  He's is a Toronto friend from my Lazy Daze online group who has generously provided wonderful information!  It is thanks to Harvey that we had the confidence to even come to Toronto.  We are so grateful for Harvey’s priceless help.  Thank you, Harvey!

 

 

macdavid says:
Heyyyy! I *love* the blog entries long & detailed. Fascinating reading. Tessa... your description of the road system in Toronto is SOP here in SoCal. No problemo. Some trucks can be scary, but, on the whole, I have great respect for the professional truck drivers around here. For the most part, they're safe drivers & courteous. When possible, I'll caravan behind them. Torontonians (first cousins of Klingons and Maldorians) may be diff though.

Enjoy your travels. It all sounds like great fun.
- David
Posted on: Jun 18, 2010
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