Tuesday, August 16, 2005

smart sailing

The Chi-Cheemaun - South Baymouth, Manitoulin Island to Tobermory, ON

We bought our first smartcar, an all black 1999 passion, in Dusseldorf, Germany and drove it back to the UK. The fare charged by Hoverspeed varies with the size of your vehicle. We made the trip from Calais, France to Dover, England for the same price a motorcycle would.

At the end of our North American tour, we decided to "head for home" instead of spend another night camping or in a motel. We drove from WaWa, ON onto Manitoulin Island so that we could take the ferry accross Lake Huron/Georgian Bay to Tobermory. This would provide a break for the driver as well as be a fun experience. Unfortunately, the Chi-Cheemaun does not offer discounted prices for smartcars. We had dinner on board which was quite reasonable. As usual "Trudi" got a lot of attention as we waited to board. Many people asked what it was like to drive a smartcar on the highway and what the fuel consumption was like.
Back on terra firma we headed south for Toronto and did some grocery shopping on the way. En route we clocked up 872 km for the day and a total of 14,474 km for the five week tour. We had a fantastic trip but it's always great to be back home.

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