And we're off! We set off under cloudy skies and managed to hit rain about one hour out of town. This downpour had the added benefit of camouflaging a sink hole which appeared near the Tim's at Nairn Centre. The hole almost swallowed the Beast - we managed to hit it with all 10 tires, not to mention hitting rock bottom on the hitch. Nui was not impressed. However, the stop at Tim's was not a total loss. As we were playing cards after lunch, a man came by, unzipped and proceeded to relieve himself not 10 feet from our window. Dining and entertainment in one place!
The gas station next door had huge bays, perfect for RV's. However, this did not pose enough of a challenge so we opted to keep going until we found one that was narrow and very hard to get into and out of. The owner ran out to remove his flag when he saw us coming. We filled up and asked to have the windows washed. This was quite a confusing proposal to the man running the place. He couldn't quite figure out what liquid to use (and wound up using plain water) and he couldn't quite grasp that you use the spongy side first, then the squeegee side. Obviously, he's never washed a window in his life - perhaps he's more management than staff.
We made it to Sault Ste Marie without further delays, under bright sunny skies. That's when Nui found out that she could not connect to WiFi, which is disastrous since there is no way to navigate in the US without MapQuest, unless you use old-fashioned technology like looking at a map. R3's daughter came to the rescue and walked us through the hook up process.
All in all, it was a good day and we're looking forward to Frankenmuth and shopping tomorrow.