Why fly to training camp, when you can take a used RV, instead?
That’s what Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan thought, anyway.
He and his wife Danielle decided to travel over 3,000 km from their home in Jackson, Wyoming to Ottawa in a “pretty used” motor home.
“We bought an RV this summer, a motor home, it was pretty used but we just thought it would be a cool way to see the country,” Ryan told the Ottawa Sun. “I’ve done it a few times in other vehicles to cross country.
“We camped out. We had some fun.”
There were plenty of stops on the Monday-to-Friday journey, including a skating stint with the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers and another with a few members of the Minnesota Wild’s farm team.
The couple camped along the way at various KOA sites. They also made a pit-stop in Rochester, N.Y. to be the “Cousin Eddie” to Clarke MacArthur’s “Clark Griswold” for a night.
“It was a good time,” said Ryan. “I pulled the RV right into (MacArthur’s) driveway.”
The roadtrip capped a “hectic” off-season for Ryan — a summer of many weddings (“I guess we’re at that age”) including his own, in June.
Talk about needing home for a rest — until training camp, of course.