Print Story ♫ On the Road Again ♪
By Greener (Fri Jun 24, 2005 at 06:09:29 PM EST) (all tags)
♫ I can't wait to get on the road again ♪

HuSiStock or BUST
Day 0

Price of Gas: 96.9
Km travelled: 0

Tomorrow marks my first time off other than weekends since I started this job a year and a half ago. I will be spending it out on the open road. No computers, no phones and no customers for 2 weeks. Plus I'll be meeting many of you fine folk at CBB's little shindig.

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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Jasper by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jun 24, 2005 at 07:17:07 PM EST
is teh fun!

I'll be here too... by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Jun 25, 2005 at 04:40:06 AM EST
At "CBBs Shindig" - I think I may be a little tired of reading that considering the headaches I'm having getting everything together. Anyway, we are looking forward to seeing you and the drive will be awesome. You must stop and see the giant goose, maybe the big nickel... you know the really impressive stuff. Have fun!!

Screw CBB. by blixco (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Jun 25, 2005 at 05:54:59 AM EST
You're the Light of the North, madam.  I sing your praises with a chorus of haggard voices from this junta-driven desert to your south.

We know who really runs the show.

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[blush]*scuffle*scuffle* by littlestar (4.00 / 1) #5 Sat Jun 25, 2005 at 12:19:53 PM EST
Thanks blixco. I appreciate that. The light of the North eh? Well, that may be overstating it, but I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. I'll be the light of the North... and why not. ; )


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Like the Wizard of Oz by Greener (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Jun 25, 2005 at 10:05:39 PM EST
You are the person in the booth pulling all the strings while CBB is the figurehead that gets all the attention I suppose. 

I look forward to thanking you in person for your efforts.

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i'm excited for you by 256 (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Jun 25, 2005 at 08:59:24 AM EST
road trips rule.

i can't be much help as i've a;ways just flown over those middle provinces.

i've done the BC and Yukon thing, and travelled Ontario and eastward pretty extensively, but have never set foot in Man, Sask or Alta.

Northern Ontario is a bit of a wasteland and will take you much longer than you expect to get through (at least a day and a half of driving to littlestaria once you hit the ON border, prolly two full days).

Thunder Bay is a pretty cool town, although a little out of the way.

i also have kind words for kenora.

see you this weekend, my man.
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