Photos of the “Big” Drive…

Sun 30 Dec, 2007 at 5:49 pm 2 comments

So for those who are interested here are some photos of the drive – sadly my camera kind of gave up battery life around Winnipeg (figures! see below).
Click here for the pics:

In case you are wondering why I am outside so many Tim Horton’s it is simple. They had an advert a couple of years ago that claimed you could drive coast to coast and eat in a Tim Horton’s for every meal. Jen told me this was impossible – so I was just proving the Tim Hortons publicity department right! (I am willing to be in their next TV campaign!

Now for some observations on the drive:

1. Not many people seem to drive the Coquihalla highway in December – we passed about 3 cars and about 2 trucks on the whole drive – see the snow on the pictures!

2. When we got over the Coquihalla our windscreen washer line froze and we were left without windscreen washing for the rest of the trip. What we did was buy a sports water bottle thing (you know the type of thing – a litre bottle with a sippy top type thing). The person in the passenger seat leaned out the window and sprayed the window – works ok!

3. The Rogers pass at the edge of BC is much higher than the Coquihalla – which was a surprise!

4. Sunshine in Banff is not a patch on Whistler – the runs are too short

5. Calgary is a nice town – we really enjoyed the Irish pub opposite the Ramada downtown. A great lamb burger!

6. Why do so many people smoke in Regina??? Ok it is a bit grim – but drink whiskey or something – every hotel, shop, bar whatever had hoards of people smoking outside. It was freezing cold and you had to brave the smokers and lung damage to get into any establishment. Regina is a little sad. It seems a very nice, friendly, but depressed town. I liked Regina. The biggest thing it seems to have is the casino. It was packed the Saturday we were there.

7. Winnipeg is just about the most grim city I have ever been in. Maybe it was the hotel (never stay at the Marlborough downtown – it is just awful), maybe it was the 1960s grim architecture, maybe it was just the town, I do not know, but I do not want to live there, that’s for sure! It is cold, it is dead, it is just bleak. Maybe the summer is better – who knows!

8. The North Dakota landscape is flat. Very flat, with very straight roads. What I was expecting Highway 1 to be in Canada is what North Dakota actually is.

9. Minneapolis is nice – try the Brit pub downtown. The Guinness beef and the Lancashire hot pot were a treat!

10 Chicago is great! although don’t get into a discussion with the staff in Walgreen’s – painful!

11. Indiana has the worst roads I have ever had the misfortune to drive on. I used to think that no roads in the western world could be worse than rural Republic of Ireland. It always amazes me when you cross the border in the rural areas and how bad the Republic of Ireland roads are compared to the UK (although they are improving). Indiana roads must have been built by some Irish road building immigrants – truly awful.

12 It was great to cross back into Canada and make it to First Line!


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Sushi, baby, and Christmas Christmas 2007

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Melissa  |  Mon 31 Dec, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Mac was telling friends of mine about the Winnipeg experience and both of your impressions of the city. The guy was from Winnipeg and agreed with there not being much to do if you don’t know anyone. Apparently while Winnipegers don’t do a lot “out” of their homes they know how to have a good time in their homes …..

  • 2. timothycairns  |  Mon 31 Dec, 2007 at 11:14 am

    I commented in reply before but was signed in as Jen – so I deleted that one and am posting the same comment as before in reply:

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! – Indeed!!!!!!!!!


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