The Drive Into Canada
Trip Start Apr 06, 2010
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13th April 2010
We decided on an early and excitable start as we were collecting the 'Windstar' today; our long awaited car / van to travel in for the next couple of months! The market was awake as early as we were, so we headed down to the second hand bookshop and made a few purchases to keep us going on the road trip, including another installment of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books which complement travelling so well.
The next few hours were spent sorting out the paperwork and insurance for the car, and much to Dan's delight the building of a wooden bed in the back...yes, this did involve power tools too! The guy we bought the car from gave us loads of advice about the 'do's and dont's' of travelling by car in the States, but most helpful was the fact that parking up and sleeping in any Wal-Mart store carpark is free and legal and for the most part safe...cool
We hit the I-5...amazingly this same road runs the entire West coast of America from North to South, and we were passing exits in the 4 digit numbers. It felt great having our own set of wheels and knowing we were heading for Canada. Luckily enough the border crossing was pretty uneventful (apart from maybe a little over-interest from the staff about why we had a wooden platform with two roll-mats nailed to it built into the back of the car!) and we made it from Seattle to Vancouver in just over 3 hours. A really nice B and B called Douglas Guest House had our name on it for tonight (not quite ready for Wal-Mart yet), with off-street parking, a bottle opener and a veranda just perfect to enjoy a couple of beers on. Oh yeah, it had a really nice view of the city and the snow capped mountains that recently starred in the Winter Olympics in the background as well.
14th April 2010
As ever, the best thing about a B and B is the latter of these Bs, and it somehow becomes obligatory to eat your entire body weight in eggs, toast, fruit, muffins, coffee, juice...etc. But we were planning a mega walk around the entire city of Vancouver today, so we did just this, and then set off. Highlights included the waterfront pathways and harbour, Granville Island, and the bikes we hired to cycle around Stanley Park in the sunshine. Mine even had a basket on the front which I put my bag in, much to the amusement of some locals out for a power walk! We carried on the walk through trendy Gastown, ran out of steam before China Town, and ended the day with plans for our drive and visit to the Okanagan Valley where we were meeting up with Dan's friend Russ who now lives in Vernon. Really looking forward to it...