Giddy Up Tales: Part 7 – One Last Leg Down Lake Erie
A 9-day road trip in the Advanced-RV Giddy Up takes Andrew and Katharine from Advanced-RV headquarters near Cleveland, OH, along the shore of Lake Erie, and into Canada. Follow along in the final edition of our 7-part series, as the couple stops at Woodbury Vineyards on the way back to Advanced-RV’s headquarters.
Saturday started with a lovely morning on the cranberry bog. Today’s quests while en route back to the USA was to find a place to dump our recycling and get more fresh water onboard. Our fresh water meter was looking suspicious around 35 – 40%, and we wanted to have enough to take a shower.
Cabela’s stores often feature RV dump outs as well as fresh water, but the Cabela’s in Barrie did not offer fresh water. We headed south toward Toronto and popped off at an “On Route” pull out (highway stop) and successfully unloaded our recycling. We continued onto the QEW toward Niagara and the USA. The QEW ends at the border crossing over the two-lane Peace Bridge. It is an old, small, narrow bridge that takes you right into Buffalo. We successfully navigated customs and took NY-5 down the coast of Lake Erie.
We had one more “Hail-Mary” plan to find water—Evangola New York State Park. Before we stopped at Evangola, Giddy Up needed a big fill up on diesel—slightly over 17 gallons—that included fuel not only from the drive down from Lake Muskoka (230-ish miles) but also a full night’s worth of heat during a 36-degrees night plus heating some hot water. Most parks, like commercial campsites, are closed until May 1, but Evangola appeared to be open. It’s a large, lovely state park surrounded by forest with a big beach house and beach right on Lake Erie. We drove to the RV camping site area, and as you can guess, it was closed. We decided that we would get to Woodbury Vineyards—17 miles or so down the lake—and beg our hosts if they could spare us some water, or we could purchase some from them.
Maria greeted us in the wine shop, and she was as lively in person as she was on the phone. Phil, the winemaker, also came out of the back to greet us. As we started to talk about parking options, I took the moment to ask for water. Phil immediately offered up water and a water hose from his wine-making area—the cost was a tour of Giddy Up, with which he was fascinated. We bought a bottle of wine for dinner and one for Viki at Advanced-RV. We took a jaunt into the vineyards and found ourselves crossing into an overgrown area of vines and fruit trees, scaring away a few (big!) bunnies in the process. The fruit trees looked particularly old and overgrown but were also impressive and venerable.
Maria indicated that they had “taken on” the vineyard seven years ago to help save it and bring it back. This small section of old, untamed growth in the midst of the cultivated section seemed to tell part of that tale. We watched a lovely sunset from Giddy Up and made dinner as part of operation “clean up the rest of what we have” in the van.
Sunday morning began with an intense, beautiful sunrise over a frosty vineyard. It got down into the low 30s overnight, but Giddy Up’s furnace kept us nice and warm. After coffee, we packed up our clothes and things, including a couple of bottles of wine. We bade farewell to our new friend, Maria, at Woodbury Vineyards and headed back to Cleveland.
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