Smugler-Nemeth 1, Bambi 0

November 6, 2012, U.S. Election Day, and the day we’ve decided to head out for Florida, having visited family in Carnarvon, Stouffville, and now Toronto. We’re both still recovering from colds but we figure we’re on the mend and roadworthy.

So we rise before dawn, pack about half our worldly belongings back into the car, have a bite of breakfast, make a coffee for the road, and by 6:00a.m. we’re well on our way down the Gardiner Expressway. It’s a beautiful morning, traffic is light, we watch the sun rise as we drive over the Burlington Skyway and past Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and finally Niagara Falls and on through the Peace Bridge border crossing. The border guard asks a couple of odd questions — what’s in the car (um, everything?), are we bringing any new stuff with us, like appliances, electronics, microwaves, etc. (??) — and then hands us back our passports and wishes us a nice day.

After our first stop — and our second breakfast — we’re happily noodling along a fine road on a fine sunny day, when suddenly Bambi jumps in front of our car. (more…)

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