A jaunt through the State Fair of Texas on the final day of the season, October 21, 2012.
Mileage at the start of the trip - 121,141. It was overcast and threatening showers when I left Dallas.
The weather cleared up very nicely once in Oklahoma.
The long drive up to Eufaula. Not much to talk about here, other than blue skies and lots of small towns.
Going over Lake Eufaula.
Made it to Eufaula about 3 1/2 hours into the trip.
At a gas station outside Eufaula. Leah drove out and met me here.
Country roads leading to the house.
A views of Lake Eufaula from Leah's and James's neighborhood.
Jame's fishing boat. Had breakfast at the house and stayed about two hours before heading out. Didn't remember to get a picture with them.
Gas station in Muskogee, Oklahoma. This was the lowest gasoline price I would see on this trip.
Gas prices in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Entering Missouri after an agonizingly long drive through Oklahoma, with numerous small towns traversed on the way up to the Will Rogers Turnpike.
The drive through Missouri was long and uneventful.
Jay's is an essential brand to pick up whenever I'm in the Midwest.
Filled up in Springfield, IL. Gas was already much more expensive.
Home for the night, in Bloomington, IL. On the way up I phoned my friend Ted and we tried to work out a way to meet up, but it was late and there wasn't enough time.
In Dwight, IL, more than an hour outside Chicago.
Gaoline prices in Dwight.
Mileage at Dwight. 850 miles driven so far.
Arrived in the heart of Chicago about 1:00 and parked, and waited for my friend. Parking in downtown Chicago is outrageously expensive.
Parked at a garage a block from the intersection of State Street and Hubbard, waiting for my friend Bunny.
A stroll around downtown Chicago.
Taking the blue line.
On the blue line.
View over the tracks at one of the stops on the blue line.
Left Chicago later than expected and hit rush hour traffic on the way out. From there it was on to Michigan to see Jessi and Mike.
Gasoline in southwestern Michigan, in Mattawan.
Arrived in Highland some hours later, at night. 1,213 miles traveled so far.
Crossed the border at the Blue Water Bridge without any delays, and headed toward a planned stop in London for food and gas.
100 km/hr on the dot. Not about to get a speeding ticket up here.
The transfer from Hwy 402 to Hwy 401, the main route through Toronto.
Approaching London, Ontario.
Stopped at a Flying J truck stop outside London for gas. The price was about 3 cents per liter less than it was when I was here last year. There's a Denny's attached to the truck stop, where I stopped for lunch.
Getting gas at the truck stop.
3.2 gallons of gasoline outside London. This is why I always fill up just before leaving the U.S.
Denny's veggie burgers in Canada are better than the ones here in Texas. No, really.
Back on the way toward Toronto.
Nearing Woodstock, Ontario.
On the way to Toronto.
51 miles to Toronto.
Arrived in the city in the evening, and headed toward the motel where I'll spend the first of two nights in this country.
My arrival at the motel in Scarborough. I only booked one night in case I didn't like the area.
There's one in every community, it seems. Amazingly, this closed at 10 PM, meaning I had to wait until the next morning to get my junk food fix.
Home for the night. Took this on the way out the next morning.
The room itself was adequate, but I wasn't big on the view out the window of a run down looking complex.
Funny seeing one of these so far north.
Beer store in Toronto. I don't drink, so I didn't go in.
Grocery store in Toronto.
My second experience with the new penny-less sytem up here.
Gasoline in the city was quite a bit more expensive than at the truck stop.
Went to the Ontario Science Centre on Wednesday, the first major stop of a busy day.
Entering the Science Centre.
The Procter & Gamble Hall.
The space exhibit.
The planetarium show was a lot of fun.
Ridiculous mark up in the concession machines.
The Weston Family Innovation Center, where the "Game On 2.0"
exhibit was housed.
The "Game On 2.0"
video game exhibit, the main attraction that drew me to the Science Centre.
"Game On 2.0"
The Jacquard loom.
The "nerve centre"
of the museum.
A view of the Science Centre and grounds on the way out.
The Science Centre grounds.
The IMAX Dome. I didn't arrive early enough to see a film there.
Toronto is a very nice looking city with lots of scenic views. It's one of my favorite cities to drive through, especially at night.
Heading into downtown.
Walking around downtown Toronto.
Walking around downtown Toronto. Being a bibliophile, I stopped in the bookstore on the left.
I wondered during my stay in Canada if this chain had any connection to Little Caesar's Pizza. It doesn't.
Adult oriented businesses exist side by side with places like the tea shop on the left.
Adult oriented businesses exist side by side with places like the waffle house on the left.
The Hard Rock Cafe.
In the Square I was offered the chance to ring the doorbell to help raise awareness of the need for affordable housing in Ontario. Each ring counted toward their ultimate goal of 156,358.
The subway at Dundas Street.
Yonge Street, a major thoroughfare in these parts.
The "World's Biggest Bookstore"
was big on floor space but not very densely stocked on the inside.
RBC Royal Bank. Earlier in the day I'd stopped at a Scotia Bank near the motel and obtained a roll of Loonies to bring home as souvenirs.
Heading back to the subway for a ride.
Subway station underneath downtown.
Inside the subway station.
I went for a ride down the line and back.
A warning inside the subway station.
There's one in every community, it seems.
Still feels a bit strange to see these places.
It would have been interesting to have checked out this restaurant.
Went to the CN Tower after roaming around downtown. The tower rises 1,815 ft up in the air and is an integral part of the city skyline, as well as a major tourist attraction.
Looking up at the tower from ground level. Ascending to the very highest observation point, the SkyPod, costs $12 on top of the regular admission price.
Outside the motion simulator ride.
About to enter the elevator going up.
The story behind the tower, told along the walls inside.
The story behind the tower.
Great towers of the world.
Looking down at the greater Toronto area from 447 meters up, in the SkyPod.
Looking down from the SkyPod.
The Rogers Centre, near the CN Tower.
I wanted to get a picture of the flag waving in front of the Rogers Centre.
Home for the night, at the Aloft-Vaughan Mills motel in Vaughan, Ontario. I decided to stay in the same suburban area as last year.
Inside the room at the Aloft-Vaughan Mills.
Home for the night. I wasn't too big on the area the Comfort Inn had been in (I booked it online from the Golden house), so I opted for the nicer, suburban area of Vaughan for my second of two nights in Canada. Naturally, the price was a bit higher.
The clock next to the bed, which I thought was pretty nifty.
View out the window of my room the next day. The Aloft was built behind a mall.
As is typical for more affluent suburbs, the gas prices in Vaughan were higher than in Toronto proper. I decided to skip filling up at this point and wait until returning to the U.S.
About to leave Canada, after a trip to Richmond Hill to mail some postcards back to the States.
Heading back into the U.S. on Wednesday afternoon.