The Journey Begins - So Does the Learning
This is my bed for the next undetermined amount of time. Doesn't look like much but it's actually pretty comfy. I'm lucky that Acura somehow managed to fit a nearly 6 foot long trunk space into sport compact.
I definitely felt my inexperience the first few days. Finding free campsites, areas that didn't have heavy foot traffic, or weren't patrolled was not nearly as easy as I first thought. My first night was restless as the July 4th travelers rolled into the hotel parking lot I ended up setting up at. Second day was spent in Toronto, but I realized how all those problems were amplified in a big city where police are much more vigilant about parking enforcement and vagrancy issues. I ended up driving out of the city until I hit an "OnRoute".
Between Chatham-Kent and Montreal are these beautiful Canadian rest stops. Nice bathrooms, WiFi, a couple food choices (Tim Horton's is a new addiction), general store, and gas station. It's totally fair game to pull over and sleep here and the lots are regularly patrolled for safety. I slept much more soundly without worrying about a knock on my window.
The following day was spent in Montreal and I ended up getting an AirBNB in the Mile End neighborhood. A proper bed and shower after a few days on the road was much appreciated (and for $25/night I was happy to part with a little cash).
My first week on the road has proved to be not nearly as carefree as people always sell it as, but it has definitely been rewarding. Stay tuned for posts detailing my days on the road and drop a line if you have any questions on how to start your own journey.