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The Open Road Project exists to spread kindness and meet the needs of strangers. We travel in a 1979 GMC Vanguard named Lily. These are our stories.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Escaping Niagara

On Friday May 11 we finally escaped the clutches of the Niagara Region and were open road bound in our basically brand new RV! That morning we woke up in Jordans orchard, where we had camped out. This was our poor attempt at finding adventure in Niagara. 

This past week was pretty stressful since we wanted to leave on the 5th, and because all of us had stopped working, we felt fairly useless and unproductive. Leave it to Rudy Enns to fix that problem. I love my dad a lot, and have learned a bunch from how helpful and generous he is. His project this week was to fix the private road that we and the 15+ neighbouring houses live on. Without going into too much detail, our road has always had a pot hole problem and it's usually a topic of conversation among neighbours. Continuing on, the four of us helped my dad all afternoon sweeping, shoveling and raking asphalt into the holes. Calvin made a good analogy about the afternoon.

Rudy was this dude we met in Nova Scotia. He helped us fix our RV and fed us all kinds of free food, and we got to help him fix his road. All of his neighbors were super stoked because their suspensions were saved from the dreadful potholes. It was really a win-win-win situation (I pursue these types of solutions wherever I can). Thinking of our time in Niagara in this way really helped us understand what it was okay that we were still in Niagara, and that we could still be kind and help others.

(As a side note, due to our successful and efficient afternoon with my dad, I have decided to use my new business education to start up College Pro Paving, a new pyramid scheme where I enjoy being at the top)

We had a refresher course on patience this week, an important lesson to learn in such a fast paced, getwhatyouwantwhenyouwantit society. We packed up the RV at Jordans place and had a nice last meal with his parents. Also a huge thanks goes out to Mr. D for our first tank of gas! That night, we made it to Kingston and when we woke up, we went to Jacklyn and Phil's (friends of Calvins). This young married couple has an awesome apartment close to Queens University and we enjoyed a fantastic breakfast. On the menu was fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, fresh hommade muffins, coffee AND orange juice and toast.

In return for breakfast we washed some of their windows with our handy dandy squeegee and bucket. It was a great first stop and we enjoyed their company thoroughly! We continued on, venturing into the possibilities of the open road...


  1. Hey hello from Quebec City !
    Ashton poutine is the best !
    God bless you guys,

    1. Thanks for the message Jean! We are still thinking about and praying for you guys in Quebec! It was great to meet you!