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The end of the Road….

October 19, 2007 // Canada 2007, Out and About

I'm back on Vancouver Island and the road-trip part of my Canadian Adventure is now at an end. We traveled about 3,000km in all; passing through 2 states and countless towns and cities. Click on the map below for an interactive version of our route. 

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The Beast we rode in…

October 18, 2007 // Canada 2007, Out and About

Here’s a short video of the car that took us approximately 3,000km across British Columbia and Alberta. The car is almost as old as I am. Unlike me, however, it got a lot of admiring glances during the trip, including: Several people wanting their photo taken with the car. Numerous gas station attendants commenting on…

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Gettin’ down with the locals

October 15, 2007 // Canada 2007, Out and About

We're in Osoyoos. It's in the Okanagan Valley, a desert in the middle of the Rockies. It's rather incongruous that during the few hours it took to get to Osoyoos from our last stop of Nelson, we were passing through cool forest and snow-capped mountain terrain. At one point I saw a hobo walking along…

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Optimism

October 12, 2007 // Canada 2007, Out and About

During the past two days, I've travelled about 400km and experienced two different ways of looking at the world. The first was when Nev and I had just finished climbing Tunnel Mountain, just outside Banff. During the 2.3km climb, we were overtaken by some rather nubile young ladies. "If only We were a bit younger" we…

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Beware of Bears!

October 8, 2007 // Canada 2007, Out and About

I'm in Jasper in Jasper National Park. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site – one of the largest protected areas in the world. When you drive in here – you need to pass through a toll booth and pay your way in, declaring how long you intend to stay there. The site's enormous, so you…

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Rocky Crossing…

October 8, 2007 // Canada 2007, Out and About

We're in the Rockies, in Jasper. It took a good few hours, but we cleared almost 500km today… Jasper's on the other side of the Rockies, in Alberta. It's the first time I've driven across a time zone which hasn't involved going into France. France doesn't really count, since it's the same latitude as most…

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Self-preservation…

October 6, 2007 // Canada 2007, Out and About

  I sometimes worry that I take my life a little for granted. Truly, honestly: what's the point in life? You work, eat sleep and that's about it… I'm not confessing to being suicidal or anything. I'm just conceding that on the cosmic scale, there isn't much point is there? Being an atheist, I don't…

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It’s not the size of the dog in the fight…

September 30, 2007 // Canada 2007, Out and About

I'm in Canada now, visiting my friend Nev on Vancouver Island. For once, I'm the first one up and doing things, but that's probably more to do with the fact that for me it's past two in the afternoon and for everyone else it's around six am. By "everyone else", I'm referring to Nev and…

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Fear and Loathing in British Columbia

September 28, 2007 // Canada 2007, Out and About

  I'm off on a three-week road trip with my good buddy Nev. We're going to cruise around British Columbia in a 1979 Lincoln Continental. I've no idea what our route will be, where we'll sleep each night or what each day will hold; and I'm not sure I want to know either. Just the…

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