The car is packed, the cooler has bottles of water and snacks ready for the long road trip we have ever taken. 6055 kilometers to be more specific. We drove from Victoria, BC to Frederiction, NB, in six days. We chose to drive through the United States because the gas was cheaper and we wanted to drive through some of the iconic areas of the country, like Yellowstone National Park. I loved witnessing Old Faithful Geyser first hand.
Our last two days of travel were the most challenging. I will be honest, the drive from Cleveland to Connecticut was not my favorite. My hubby would have to agree. He drove five days out of six and I completely understand why people may get upset on the highways. When I think of highway driving, I recall when my parents and I would drive from Nova Scotia to Ontario to visit my grandparents. There didn’t seem to be a lot of cars on the road, yet when we checked in a hotel there were a lot of people from all over the country checking in and sharing road trip stories. That was over thirty years ago. The population of our earth has grown. In 1984 the world’s population was 4.5 billion. The population of the world thus far is 7.7 billion. Why am I sharing these stats? Firstly, I was curious. Secondly, I wanted to compare the number of people that I remember when I was younger to the number of people we encountered during our recent adventures. At times it felt like everyone was moving along like zombie’s in the movie, Night of the Living Dead. Just slowing moving in their cars to the parking lot to get out and shuffle to see the next local attraction. These observations may sound darker than my usual upbeat stories, but I think it is important to share what is real. I was looking forward to getting back to our home in the country and not competing for space to move, to breath.
The scenery along the highway to Connecticut was highway and forest. It wasn’t as picturesque as the western mountain views, however, I enjoyed watching the trees whip by as we moved forward to our next destination. We made our way through New Jersey and drove across the George Washington Bridge in New York. I saw seas of cars, people and buildings. I noticed how much I didn’t like being in the city. I kept quiet and stared out the window until there was a little break on the highway and we were able to go at a normal speed for a few miles. Though we thought it would take just less than eight hours to get to our hotel, we were on the road for ten hours that day and I felt it once we got out of the truck and checked into the hotel. We were exhausted. We walked to the nearest restaurant to have dinner then headed back to the hotel and I think we asleep by 9:00 pm. We knew we would have another long day for our last day of travel and losing another hour when we crossed the border back into Atlantic Canada time zone.
The next morning started off with a lot of traffic trying to get out of Connecticut. There was an accident and that slowed the morning up. Each lane of the three to four lanes on the interstate where full, maybe two or three-car lengths between each car, but there was nowhere to move fast. There wasn’t much we could do but move along like a cow in a heard to the barn for the night. I think the cows would be moving faster than we were on the high way at times. Once we got past New Hampshire the cars seemed to be less and the drive went by quickly. By 6:00 pm we were at the US-Canada Border and once we headed into Woodstock, NB the time changed to 7:00 pm and by 8:30 pm we were parking the truck in our driveway being greeted by family with open arms and welcome home’s. The road trip was over and now it was time to settle into our home.
We have been in Frederiction for two weeks now. I have unpacked some boxes and setting up my writing room, and I’m sure it is going to be a process. I found a vintage teachers desk that I stripped and restained my first week at the house. I started my new job at the Radisson Kingswood Hotel & Suites on August 12 and I still feel like it’s all surreal to me that we left Victoria, BC only three weeks ago. My first week of work was interesting and I may get into that a little later. For now, I need to get back to writing. I can tell that I haven’t done much writing, I am short with myself and my hubby. I think about my next memoir but don’t take the time to sit down and be with it as I need to. I am aware and will be focusing on my new writing routine.
Thank you so much for being here with me and reading our road trip adventures. If you haven’t had a chance to catch up to the start of our adventures here is the link to our first few days on the road.
Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…