Posted On: October 24, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017 – Albuquerque, NM to Chicago, IL
The “Hafa adai – Half a Century” reunion with RPCVs and spouses wound up Saturday on the high note of the chair lift ride to above 11,000 feet on Aspen Mountain. The next day, Sunday, I began to make my way home: the American Airlines flight to Chicago was uneventful, and my sister, Judi, picked me up at O’Hare in the trusty, tried and true Camry. The Camry’s odometer crossed the 180,000 mile mark while in Judi’s custody, and true to Zink family form, she recorded the data point for me.
Monday, October 9, 2017 -Chicago, IL to Kitchener, ON
My destination on Monday was the home of Beth’s brother, Ric Hewson, and his wife, Dorothee, in Kitchener, Ontario. The drive was just under 500 miles, a long haul on a sunny, breezy, beautiful Canadian Thanksgiving Monday. I was very grateful that Ric and their son, Michael, came home early from their weekend at their cottage to welcome me. Ric had some special “Dad burgers” for dinner, and I relished the chance to kick back and put my feet up for a while, reading the Globe and Mail and watching the Cleveland Indians’ play-off game.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Kitchener, ON to North Bay, ON
At last, the final leg of this remarkable journey. I reached North Bay about 4 p.m. on another lovely day. In my 22 days away, I changed time zones six times, slept in ten different beds, and renewed connections with 75 people, some of whom I have not seen in decades. Oh, yeah, our 2003 Toyota Camry logged over 2,500 miles (that’s miles, not kilometers) by the time we returned to the carport at 127 Campbell Avenue on this twenty-second day.