Family of 8 travels 20,000 km through 10 provinces, 19 states for 3 months - all survived

    VICTORIA, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Imagine a three-month long school trip,
covering 20,000 km, and taking your classroom along for the ride. Normand and
Kirsten Schafer and their six home-schooled children have done just that.
    Since leaving their Saanichton home near Victoria BC, on May 30, the
family has crossed the continent twice, visiting 10 provinces and 19 states in
the process. Their classroom-cum-residence is a 31-foot motorhome emblazoned
with their website,, and slogans such as "We may not
have it all together, but together we have it all." It is also outfitted with
hi-tech gadgets that allowed friends, relatives and even total strangers to
follow their sojourn in the virtual world of Facebook, Twitter and their own
website blogs replete with GPS-mapped photos showing the many places they
visited en route.
    "We spent the first seven weeks of our adventure promoting Canada," says
Normand, owner of Victoria based "During this year's
economic downturn we decided to show Canadians that they don't really have to
travel to far-away places to experience spectacular scenery and the
hospitality of strangers. It was an amazing experience to meet Canadians from
coast to coast and to discover some of their great local places to visit,"
Normand says.
    Not everything went smoothly. The RV went in for repairs four times to
fix everything from a broken propane line to replacing six worn tires. They
nearly decapitated their 11-foot high motorhome in Boston while going under a
bridge with 11-foot clearance and, due to an electrical problem, travelled for
days with the vehicle's retractable boarding steps hanging out.
    However, Normand points out that the family bonded because of their
experiences together. "Perhaps the most unique part to our trip was the people
we encountered along the way," he sums up their cross-continental adventure.
While the landscapes, landmarks and dialects changed from place to place, they
found a common friendship and friendliness wherever they went. "It was a
dream-come-true for us to visit our country and an opportunity for us to see
places that we would like to visit again and explore a bit more in depth --
one place at a time."

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For further information: Normand Schafer,, Ph:
(250) 386-5555 Ext. 133

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