I sat with the discernment if I have enough physical spiritual and emotional balance to take the trip. Well, spirit opened the door to what he envisioned to be a 5 day trip and quickly it became clear we had to "Trust the spirit" and the process, and let go of the illusion of control and trust tunkashila, our Higher Powers to support us in a good way for the expanded 6 days. . Thanks, Pidamiya tehanshi Bob for the shared adventure. Here is this authors view of the adventure. As always, take what fits, and leave the rest. Pidamiya for the journey.
Here is my first real camera image on the trip. Tehanshi Bob having the Sante, "Health" Breakfast in French in Riviere-du-Loup, on the coast of the St Lawence River in Quebec, Sunday morning, after two full days of driving. The first day from St Louis Park to Sudbury ON, then through Montreal up the coast of the St Lawrence to Riviere-du-Loup Quebec. I enjoyed a couple of Cafe Latte's here. mmm. Pidamiya.
My hearty breakfast with jambon (ham) with eggs, fruit. Hearty breakfast before our day driving up into New Brunswick, Nova Scotia then onto PEI, Prince Edward Island where Murray and Lea awaited, with the gleaming aluminum covered Airstream asleep in the cool evening breezes on the island.
Here is how the Trailer welcomed us upon our arrival on PEI . After a smudging ceremony with palo santo to honor the space with Murray and Bob, they went about there safety checks. Safety first! Bob and I had nicknamed the Airstream, on the way out, landing on the "Aluminum Turtle Twinky" - a trailer in the shape of a Twinky, that carries the energy of the Turtle and Turtle Island. Wicozani Wo Wokiya. May tehanshi Bob, and his black stallion Ford 350 Diesel, welcome all his relations in a good way. We noticed a spider, some consider a heyoka spirit, a contrary, that Murray carefully carried out side. A reminder to Bob and me, of the power of language, and how some 2-leggeds can spin stories in English, the language of "spin"...and it can be used for good or bad. Re membering our intentions and missions of service in a good way.
View of the Airstream from Murray and Lea's home looking west.
Bob and Murray reviewing the trailers "appointments" as Bob referred to the various options and attributes of his newly acquired RV. I served as a listener, and navigator during the next phase of the trip. On the way out, I was given the reigns to the Ford Diesel Black Stallion in a good way, and shared the driving of the steed. My sense, seeing this 31 ft wagon, is that I would support Bob in learning about his new wagon, from the position of his navigator and spiritual support, working to support balance and nutrition in a good way, for our bodies, minds and souls.
Bob and Murray going over the basics of the maintenance of the skin of the Aluminum Turtle.
Close up of Bob's new Hensley Arrow.
After the lot cleared out while we had breakfast, and the chan oyate and pejuta oyate, tree and plant people, like the cherry tree and milkweed with a green pod for seeds, told me to slow down, easy does and listen to our hearts and bodies, we noticed Nelson Mandela encouraging us on in a good way. My JT's bag carries balancing herbs and plants as teachers about nutrition and balance!
Here is Bob on the bed of the Black Ford Stallion, as we share a typical snack with cut up cheese, heirloom tomatoes from my garden, crackers and water. Easy Does it, with embodied self awareness.
Bob chose to learn more about where to find diesel fuel and how to pay for it here, first stop to feed the stallion in PA. Interesting we were surrounded by these cyclists from Brasil, Only could say Obrigato (sp) to a man. They were stopped by the rain. and Bob commented on all the stylish outfits and the similarity of the bikes. We made it through Cleveland OH and with our Ohio Coupon book spied a 29.00 motel at the Maumee Exit. Bob backed up the rig and we walked to a super market for sushi and dumplings we ate in our motel, run by some ethnic Indian Folks who honored Sai Baba. He welcomed us to the motel.
Lacking an early breakfast at the motel, we left about 6:30 AM to go to a rest stop with a Starbucks. Here Bob learned more about DEF in the manual as he added a gallon of the stuff here to the Stallion. DEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_exhaust_fluid
I focused on my plant teachers, here the fragrant leaves of the bay leaf type shrub with fruits while I enjoyed my morning coffee.
After leaving Ohio, we focused on getting through Chicago Safely and staying balanced on the red road. With a few "close calls" past the downtown loop, we ventured west to Rockford and then north into Wisconsin, when Bob's Stallion's dashboard twinkled a little error message tune, about his DEF levels, threatening to reduce his speed to 50 mph.
We spied a station with Diesel as the little twinkle sound emerged from the dashboard to see if we could find some more DEF ....fluid for his Stallion. A trucker informed us he "drained them of their diesel" and recommended a Kwip Trip nearby by Janesville that not only had DEF, the had a nozzle to fill Bob's stallion's tank! Grateful for messengers along the trail. So here is the first sign the DEF priceing, just below the gas and diesel pricing. hmmmm
And here is the DEF pump on the left, with the regular diesel to the right. Blue and Green color coding for us to discern. Father Sky and Mother Earth, is this balance or what. :-) Bob got on the phone with how to reboot so the little tinkling sounds and messages might go away.
As in the past , we got out some soul food, and made a picnic. Here on the table outdoors by the Kwik Trip. Yogurt, olives, cheese, heirloom tomato and peaches. When we we done, and got back on the road, after filling the DEF, no more messages. Pilamiya tunkashila
My sister Jane Newell agreed to meet us on Montreal in St Paul, to give me a ride to the western suburbs so Bob could corral his stallion and wagon for the night somewhere in St Paul. Here she is after getting the Aluminum Turtle Twinky Tour.