Day # 108 – September 4th, 1995
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While we are almost back to where we are travelling in a straight line when it comes to the road, our start point is at the Halton Regional Police headquarters as we begin making our way east from Burlington. When I think back to when we started, we are a long way from those first days on the road in Northern Ontario when no one had ever heard of us and things were sometimes very quiet.
Now, things are very busy on the road and people seem to know who we are and what we are doing, and, they are being very generous. Sherene and Ron Calhoun join us at mid-morning. I’m happy to see Sherene and Jesse is happy to have his mom along for the day. More and more I am realizing how much I dislike being away from Sherene.
We had lunch in a park along the road before pushing on through Oakville. Once again, we are lucky and blessed to have great helpers along with us. Helen Wainman from the CFPL-TV newsroom and her husband Gord are working like mad along the road. I can tell that their feet are hurting, but they keep working car windows and soldiering on.
At the end of the day we move back to the Comfort Inn, in Oshawa. From here on, our route resumes a straight line as we have had to do a lot of juggling to get through Toronto and the golden horseshoe, touching as many communities as possible.
We are now a little deeper into September and in the back of my mind, the countdown to Ottawa is starting. I’m pretty sure Jesse is thinking about the days ahead and getting back to school.