Just getting to the rally is often half the adventure. Unusual for us, departure from Martin's place was precisely on schedule.
Angela Cosner, who happened to be visiting in Ottawa, joined us for the ride down to New Hampshire. We would also be stopping briefly in Montreal to pick up Jennifer Daly on the way.
On the 401 near Cornwall we came across this bizarre hybrid vehicle. From a distance it looked like a van with a tall-ship's sailing rig on its roof, including masts, yard arms and crow's nest. If he ever ran out of petrol, he'd could just unfurl the sails and... avast mateys, thar she blows.
Upon closer inspection though, it was revealed that the roof assembly is actually the mother of all ham radio antennae. This guy is one serious hamster!
Nearing Montreal we sent Jennifer a text message to confirm our ETA and, since none of us had ever met her before, we asked how we would recognize her. Jennifer answered that she was wearing "knee socks and a huge backpack", to which the ever-witty Martin replied that we'll be certain to recognize her if that's ALL she's wearing!
Sure enough, we spotted her right away at the prearranged Tim Hortons meeting point, but were sadly disappointed to discover that she was otherwise fully clothed.
Next up, the border crossing...