After a quick phone call back to Florida to figure out where they had made a wrong turn they were directed to I-94 and from there it should have been a pretty straight forward 7+ hr drive into Detroit, across the bridge or tunnel to Windsor, and up the 401 all the way to Toronto before heading almost straight north. I just gave the cottage a call and they said Andrew had called about two hours before saying they were about two hours out, so I hope to get a call soon saying they have safely arrived.
Just to try and make things a little more interesting I'll try and post a little something that I'm interested in also. So for today we'll talk about gas prices. For those of you not as familiar with Canada, the speed limits are higher, 100 on provincial highways. Knowing Joia she was probably doing 110 or 115 . . . km/hr that is. While their speed limits are deceptively higher, their gas prices are deceptively lower. Most gas stations have their prices posted at about $1.164 to $1.418 according to the GasBuddy site for Ontario. The downside is that this is per liter (or litre if you really want to be Canadian aboot it) not per gallon and in Canadian Dollars (CAD) not U.S. Dollars (USD). With an exchange rate and the fact that a liter is larger than a quart (4 quarts to a U.S. gallon) that works out to about somewhere between $4.50 and $5.50 USD per U.S. gallon. This can be summed up in the formula below.
Thanks to http://boating.ncf.ca/convertgascdn.html for the formula and easy reference conversion table as well as to Yahoo Finance for the exchange rate so that I didn't have to think very much while tired.
And what would be a Joia blog entry without at least one picture . . .
This is a gas price "temperature map." Red means high prices, green means low prices, yellow and orange are in between. On GasBuddy.com you can zoom in all the way down to the county level, or even zip code in some parts of the U.S. to see where the good deals are.
I'm on call tomorow, but will try to give an update on Monday after I hear how things are going.