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Scenes Through a Dirty Windshield #3 – Kamloops to Vancouver

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All photos taken on July 20, 2021.

Our hotel included breakfast and we wondered how they would handle this so soon after Covid. Their solution was a brown paper bag breakfast, so after a cup of watery brown liquid from the in room coffee machine, I went down to grab our bags. Back in the room, we found that they contained (1) large juice box, a gummy stick to your teeth Cellophane bagged muffin, a granola bar and either a thick peeled orange or a green apple. Heck, at least it was something. But, what?

Given the quick breakfast, we found ourselves on the road by 7:15 AM and once we had gassed up at the local Mobil for $1.55/liter. Yikes! The cost of fuel would only get higher as we approached our final destination.

Turning onto the Coquihalla Highway, we were soon zipping along at the posted speed of 120 k/h (75 m/h). Road signs flicked past the car window as we steadily climbed upward.

As they say, What goes up, must come down. Who are they, you ask? I don’t know. Some guys. A long descent followed our long climb. Away from Kamloops, things seemed to green up, partly from the cooler climate and partly from irrigation. The smoke seemed to be lessening a bit, as well.

The road might not look it, but it had a fairly steep descent. To handle semi tractor brake failure, there were frequent Runaway Lanes to the side.
Dry hilly pasture conditions again began to appear about halfway between Kamloops and Merritt.
Warning sign about possible winter road conditions.
Downhill again. Our hybrid burned a ton of fuel going up the hills and no fuel going downhill. I would say, it all evened out.
Interlude at Britton Creek rest area. Thank goodness for Public Rest Stops

More downhill. It seemed there was a construction site slow down about every 20 km, so workers could repair damage done to the road during the long winter months.

One of the steeper areas with another Runaway lane
Heavy concrete snow sheds are built over the road at high avalanche zones, such as this one.
Going into the snow shed
Inside the snow shed. The columns were mesmerizing in the dark tunnel as they flicked by the windows.
The final descent before Hope

It was somewhere near Hope that we realized we would have some time to spare before our reserved ferry crossing to Vancouver Island. We opted to head for Pajo’s fish and chips in Steveston, a suburb of Richmond. The route took us through Surrey, past the Patullo and much older Alex Fraser bridges and then into Delta, past fields of potatoes and corn. This area grows a lot of Canada’s fresh veggies. After a bit of GPS and driver error, we were on the right track to Steveston and lunch.


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Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

23 thoughts on “Scenes Through a Dirty Windshield #3 – Kamloops to Vancouver

    1. It is the fastest way to get between Kamloops and Vancouver. The high speed can lull many into a false sense of security and accidents can happen on the steep down hill sections. It can also be quite treacherous in the winter when heavy snows fall. It definitely suited our purposes on this trip. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Hi Marion. All those photos are thanks to Patty’s skill. As to the breakfast, with Covid cases climbing, the buffet would be fine, if it were a served buffet with a bit of distancing. Still not ready for the shared experience. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. They have prettied up the snow sheds from what they used to be on other routes. The Rogers Pass route has several snow sheds. Good to keep motorists safe from avalanche. Thanks for reading Joni. Hope your week is going well. Allan

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      1. You know I don’t think we saw those in Washington State even when going over the passes. I thought those were nice. Probably expensive but I imagine have saved lives. All is well here. Sending y’all my love. Joni ❤️🤗🦋😘

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    1. Hi Lyssy. While the drive was more duty than vacation, we did manage to see some sights. Hopefully a bit more relaxed when next we go back. Thanks for reading. Have a great day. Allan


  1. What a scenic drive, Allan. Makes me think about our time in Canada. I loved our road trip and the route from Kamloops to Vancouver as we made a detour through Whistler. Drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, past rugged fjords and mountain peaks was a dream come true moment for me. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Having the time for a road trip can be freeing for sure. It helps when the timelines are not tight. The Sea-to-Sky highway is a nice drive and Whistler is enjoyable to visit. So glad they improved that road in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics. We have driven the route on past Whistler through Pemberton and on to Kamloops. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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  2. It’s been a LONG time since I went on this highway – it was new back then! Snow tunnels and the lighting in them actually make me nauseated so I usually close my eyes and just keep breathing.

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    1. I remember the lighting in those days had a bit of a flicker and di give one a bit of unease. I could never close my eyes, as I was the driver. Thanks for reading Bernie. Alan


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