The Long Drive Home

Our morning in Edmonton started early. I didn’t want to get home too late in Vancouver. So we woke around 6:30 am and were on the road by 7:30 am.

We took the Yellowhead Highway (aka. Hwy 16) west out of Edmonton. It’s great quiet prairie driving from Edmonton to the Rockies. The prairies were made for cruise control (or is it the other way around?).

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We stopped for breakfast around 9:30 am at the Smitty’s in Edson. Good old road trip breakfast. I’ve been craving pancakes since not getting our free flap jacks in Calgary. So I just had to order the Classic Pancakes.

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We drove onwards to Jasper. I originally wanted to make a quick stop at Maligne Canyon, but the lady at the park gate said it would cost me $19 to do any activity in Jasper National Park. I didn’t think the price was worth it for a short stop. So all we did in Jasper was buy gas before driving into BC.

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Parts of the drive along the Yellowhead Highway are breathtaking, especially along the Highway 16 portion. Along the Highway 5 part of the Yellowhead Highway, things started to flatten out a bit and the majestic mountains of the Rockies faded away. There were still some good views, but not when we got stuck behind a tractor for half an hour.

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We pulled into Kamloops around 4:30 pm. I had been driving since partway down Highway 5 and we hadn’t eaten since breakfast. I felt like I was floating when got out of the car. We found an A&W so we grabbed food there. The fun thing about A&W’s in the BC Interior is that they serve their root beer in frosted mugs. It’s the classic way to have a root beer.

My wife took over for the drive down the Coquihalla Highway to Hope and the Trans-Canada into Vancouver. Meanwhile, I tried to float away into nap time with intermittent success.

We arrived in Vancouver around 8:30 p roughly 13 hours after we started. We were both really tired. We showered and hit the sack. That was our long drive home.

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