In the last week I closed off 50 of my open cases at work so my return isn't too painful and I can ease back into it. It didn't help that the phones were wringing off the hook for the first three days as we had several network outages caused equipment failure at our backbone provider. I should have booked this week off as well. Hopefully the ongoing lag issue we've been experiencing the last 5 weeks will be resolved when I return as well as I'm getting sick of dealing with irate customers and trying to explain that the problem is out of our hands and it's a top priority but there's nothing we can do to fix it. So far out backbone provider has replaced the fibre duplexer, cards at either end their catalyst router at our end and the actual fibre and the lag hasn't improved at all. Tomorrow they're doing some software upgrades on a rack of equipment at their end and there'll be another outage when they do but this time I don't have to care as I'll be driving east fast. At least this time it'll be at 5am on a saturday not 9 am on a wednesday.
Wow, this venting about work woes does make you feel better. I should do this more often.
So I'm driving east tomorrow. Why? Well HusiStock sure but also because I've never been east of Alberta so I figure I might as well check out the rest of the country. This is my first year with a vehicle, the time (although not really as much as I would like) and the money to do what I've wanted to do since highschool. I've been to Europe, Asia, Australia and 8 states so I figure it's time to stop taking home for granted.
The plan so far involves getting up super early tomorrow to try and get to Lake Louise by noonish or early afternoon. [Map] Do a hike or two that afternoon and find a campground for the night.
Sunday morning I'm driving up the Icefields Parkway towards Jasper (no map as google can't seem to find directions even though it's on the same damn road), stopping along the way to see what ever catches my interest and taking lots of photos with my new camera. Hopefully I'll make it to my brother's place in Edmonton to stay Sunday night and do another diary.
Monday I'm heading down to Calgary [Map] for lunch at Peter's Drive In. A bit of a detour but I haven't eaten there since I lived in Calgary 5 years ago and yes it is that good. That afternoon I'm heading east to Dinosaur Valley [Map] to take some more pictures as it's one of the neatest spots in Alberta outside the mountains.
That takes me about as far as I've been and it gives me 4 days to get to Toronto for the party. Beyond Drumheller is completely unknown to me and I'm open to suggestions and ideas of where to go and what to see/do. I am completely flexible with these plans so here's your chance to guide me across the country. I plan on keeping a journal and I'll try posting it here including pictures whenever I get the chance. Once every couple days or so hopefully.
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