June 10, 2004

Kamloops to Vancouver

Train on one side, landslide shelters on the other, of the Thompson River, British Columbia

I stayed up far too late last night. The prospect of cheap internet was so enticing, and I hadn't had it for nearly a week, so I stayed up and caught up with all my email and blog reading (well most anyway :) ). So didn't get to bed til midnight, oops :)

Today was another driving day. The goal was Vancouver via a scenic route. And it took all day to get there! The drive down past the Thompson and Fraser rivers was interesting. Very arid for the most part along the Thompson river, and no rock - just big hills of sand and pebbles. The scary thing is that they built not one but two railways down the canyon - one on each side. It would have been like building a railway on the side of a sandhill. And it looks like they fight a constant battle to keep the track clear of pebbles and rocks. We were trying to find a spot where both tracks switch sides of the canyon at intersecting bridges, with a road bridge thrown in for good measure. We didn't find it though, but we think we know where we missed it.

We had a very late lunch (again), and as we were driving through Yale, a big cold front from the south east swept in over the mountains - the clouds coming over the tops of the hills looked fantastic.

We finally arrived in Vancouver, after dropping into a visitor information centre in Chilliwack, around 6pm. Currently eating tv dinners heated in the motel microwave and watching discovery channel :)

Posted by kazza at June 10, 2004 01:49 PM