2013 Bowmanville tour report

The June tour was most capably hosted by the Mottashed family in the Bowmanville area on June 21-23rd, 2013 at the Cedar Park Resort. The owners of this facility arranged for us to stay in a back corner of the campground where we could be by ourselves to enjoy the area but they were most accommodating for any and all concerns. Campers began arriving late morning and continued to dribble in throughout the rest of the day. It was so nice to see everyone and especially those we had not seen in a very long time. Following dinner we all enjoyed a fabulous campfire (thanks Ron) and the mosquitoes enjoyed us!

Saturday began with RAIN but of course that did not slow us down at all. Our instructions included a quiz so everyone had to really pay attention – no dozing off today. While some of the intended stops had cancelled we set out with tops up and raincoats on. While travelling the roller coaster like hills, we drove by the Oshawa Zoo and were able to see some of the animals outside. Next stop was the Pickering Village Museum with re-enactors inviting us into the various buildings and they were filled with information. I think the highlight of the stop for the men in particular was the machine shop filled with dedicated volunteers who were busy at work on the many pieces of machining equipment. It was a very good stop (and also a very soggy one!) We carried on down dale and up hill or at least some of us got up hill. There were three cars who were very happy to see a tow truck come along to pull us the rest of the way up. That`s what happens when the gas tank is not full. Oops! By the time all of the T`s had gone by, even the modern cars were having trouble on the slippery hill. We travelled on to Stouffville Country Market and there was certainly lots to see. I certainly hope everyone got their ice cream at the Kawartha Dairy. We carried on and travelled along the Port Perry waterfront which is quite lovely. Ontario really does have a lot to offer!! There were a few breakdowns. Radiator and transmission issues as well as more than one flat tire. Everyone arrived back at camp safely finally though and we enjoyed a beautiful catered dinner under shelter. However the rain had stopped for the evening and we were able to have another lovely campfire (with a few less mosquitoes).

Sunday morning was foggy and getting really warm but again after breakfast we were off on another adventure. We passed through Orono and stopped at a few antique stores and by the time we got to Courtice Flea Market, we had full SUN. We passed by Camp-X Monument which was a spy school in WWll and rumour has it that Ian Fleming was there. Our stop for the day was at the Ontario Regiment Museum. They had several guides for us and there was a lot of memorabilia including medals and uniforms and a lot of tanks and armoured personnel carriers. Then it was back to site (via ice cream stop) where we had a lovely parting meal. Then it was packing up and heading home. We thank all of the Mottashed`s for their fabulous hospitality and more so as we learned that Fred`s mom had just passed away with the funeral being on Wednesday. An especially warm thank you and heart felt sympathy is extended to all of you.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the next tour or down the road. Yours in Model T`ìng, Jo Eagles