13 October 2017

TRAVEL SNAPSHOT: 183 Days in 2016 / 2017

The travel statistics for this period begin in mid-December 2016 with an ' Around the World Trip. ' We visited 3 new continents and 6 new countries in almost 15 weeks. All that tired us out somewhat ... we returned home, took care of some adult-type responsibilities and then found time to embark on a few day trips exploring our own backyard. Once we were rested up even more, we tackled a couple of shorter adventures.

The maps below are interactive. To view our routes in detail you will need to begin by clicking on ] (top right corner) for full screen. Use the 'hand' to pan and +/- to zoom and reduce, as needed. The first map displays our Around the World trip, the second tracks a couple of adventures around Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI, for the remainder of 2017

If you've been following our most recent BASECAMP posts you'll understand why we've launched a new Series, Exploring Our Backyard. You'll also know why we were only able to road trip around our home province until early August, before escaping to Eastern Canada for a few weeks.

This snapshot includes Trips 141 - 142 (from our Trip Index) and covers from the last half of December 2016 to mid November 2017


December 13, 2016 to November 11, 2017 / 332 days / 183 days

1 Art Exhibition: Pablo Picasso in ES

1 Helicopter Flight: To Fox Glacier NZ

1 Jail Toured: Kingston Penitentiary ON 
1 Nation Territory Visited: Gibraltar UK

1 Solo Adventure: Wry to Las Vegas 
Trip Around The World

1 Truck Camper Rally: Merrickville ON

1 US State Visited: Nevada

2 Vineyard Tours: (1) Quinta dos Vales, Estombar PT (2) Mercury Bay Estates, Hahei NZ

3 Moochdocking Camps 

3 New Continents: ASIA  AFRICA  OCEANIA

4 Boat Cruises: (1) The Grottos, Lagos PT (2) Bay of Islands, Paihai NZ (3) Poor Knights Islands, Tutukaka NZ (4) Doubtful Sound NZ

4 Provinces Visited: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island

4 Temples: SINGAPORE - (1) Sri Veerama Kaliamman (Hindu) (2) Sri Srinivasa Perumai (Vishnu) (3) Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya (Buddhist) (4) Hock Siew Tong (Chinese)

5 Caves Explored: (1) Cave of Hercules MOROCCO (2) St. Michaels Cave GIBRALTAR (3) Rikoriko Sea Cave, Poor Knights Islands NZ (4) Te Ananui Caves, Charleston NZ (5) Cathedral Caves, Caitlins NZ


5 Craft Brewery Samplings: Ontario: Napanee Brewery, MacKinnon Brothers, Perth Brewery, Barley Days, Lake On The Mountain Brewing Company

 5 Repairs LOAFin Around: New electrical connector on fresh water pump, re-built air difuser, replaced bike tube, broken bike light, new fresh water pump

5 UNESCO Sites: (1) Chapel of Bones, Evora PT (2) Templo do Romano, Evora PT (3 & 4 ) Tongariro & Fiordland NPs NZ  (5) Bruce Peninsula NP ON CA

7 Castles: (1) Knights of Templar, Peniscola ES (2) Castillo de Santa Ana, Roquetas de Mar ES (3,4) Castillos Catalina & De Guzman El Bueno, Tarifa ES (5) Castello Aljezur, Aljezur PT (6) Castle of Silves, Silves PT (7) Sao Jorge Castle, Lisboa PT 

8 National Historic Sites: Kingston Penitentiary ON, Peterborough Lift Locks ON, Algonquin PP ON, The St. Andrews Blockhouse and Ft. Beasajour - Ft. Cumberland NB, Port-la-Joye - Fort Amherst PE, Dalvay-By-The-Sea PE, Merrickville Blockhouse ON

9 Provincial Parks Visited: ON: Sibbald Point, Killarney, Algonquin, Oxtongue River/Ragged Falls, NB: Herring Cove, The Anchorage, New River Beach PE: Jacques Cartier, Linkletter
10 National Parks Visited: NZ: Tongariro, Abel Tasman, Paparoa, Westland / Tai Poutini, Mt. Aspiring & Fiordland, CA: Bruce Peninsula ON, Fundy NB, Prince Edward Island PE, Kouchibouguac NB 

11 Ferry Crossings: (1, 2) Tarifa ES return MOROCCO Africa (3) Russell to Paihai NZ (4) Wellington to Picton NZ (5) Tobermory return South Baymouth ON CA (6, 9) L'Etete return Deer Island NB CA (7, 8) Deer Is return Campobello Is NB (10, 11) Blacks Harbour return North Head NB
11h 37m Longest Airline Flight: Auckland NZ > Los Angeles USA

12 Travel Companions: Peggy & Tom, Paula & Gerry, Michelle & Al, Darlene & Mark, Nancy & Jim w. Charlie, Chris G

14 Kilometres Kayaked

33 Kilometres Cycled

40 Days: That Wry Went Without Taking A Bath
45h 55m Total Flight Time: CANADA > SPAIN, PORTUGAL > UAE > SINGAPORE > NEW ZEALAND > USA > CANADA and Kingston > Toronto ON CANADA to Las Vegas NV USA & return
105 Deepest Underground Elevation Reached (metres): Te Ananui Caves, Charleston NZ

183 Adventure Days: 26 weeks 1 days / 0.5 years

183 Kilometres Hiked / Caved / Tide-pooled

2415 Total Kilometres Driven With Van Kiwi: South Island NZ
5350 Total Kilometres Driven With Rental Cars: CANADA (60) SPAIN (1840) PORTUGAL (1150)  NEW ZEALAND (2300)

9013 Total Kilometres Driven LOAFin Around: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI CA

50179 Total Kilometres Flown: CANADA > SPAIN + PORTUGAL > UAE > SINGAPORE > NEW ZEALAND > USA > CANADA and Kingston > Toronto ON CANADA to Las Vegas NV USA & return



Almeria Coastal Plain ES - The World's largest concentration of greenhouses, 26000 hectares
Tarifa ES - Most south-westerly city on mainland Europe
Cabo de Sao Vicente PT - Most southerly point of land on mainland Europe
Dubai UAE - The city in the world with the most records of any city in the World
SINGAPORE - The World's only island-city nation
Poor Knights Islands NZ - Largest sea cave in the World, tallest sea arch in the Southern Hemisphere 
Knoll Ridge Cafe NZ - Highest cafe in NZ at 6624 feet
Slope Point NZ - Most southerly World location travelled to, 46 40 31.39 S 169 00 20.34 E
Tuma Toka NZ - Walked in an 18 million year old petrified forest
Baldwin Street NZ - Saw the steepest residential street in the World @ a 35% grade

'Old Sow', Deer Island NB CA - The World's second largest tidal whirlpool
Grand Manan Island NB CA - The World's largest sardine industry is here
' Burrowing Owl Sighting', Grand Manan Is. NB CA - Endangered and only the second sighting in NB
Confederation Bridge, Northumberland Strait CA - The World's longest to cross ice-covered water


If you're still following along, watch this website's CALENDAR for our on-going travel plans. 

We had a blast once again ... thanks for everyone's interest and comments. See you soon!

Wry & Crusty ...  Travel Safe!

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