Woke up in Kamloops after a nearly 10 hour sleep feeling refreshed and ready to get back out on the highway. After caffeination and getting Harold settled back in to his co-pilot bed and blanket we made our way to the Coquihalla highway. The weather forecast showed a lot of rain for the entire day so I tried to find some decent tunes on the radio (which didn't last long) and got comfortable with the conditions as they were only going to get worse throughout the day.
Despite the rainy conditions I could not have timed this move better. While I was driving the Coquihalla, the Rogers Pass was getting dumped with snow. Then today I woke up to news and weather from Calgary showing an astonishing amount of snow as well. Whew!!
I needed to stop in Merritt for a quick walk for Harold and randomly found a mural of Elvis! Luckily it had stopped raining for a few minutes to set up the tripod for a quick photo.
After returning to the highway from Merritt it was a straight drive through to Langley before we stopped again. The roads were nearly white-out conditions from the rain and clouds/fog so I still have no idea what the area looks like. A future road trip will need to be planned to see it in better conditions.
Once we arrived in Langley the rain was far more sporadic and less downpour and thank goodness for that since I had never driven through Vancouver before and wasn't sure what to expect. I hadn't made any reservations for the ferry trip as timing was unknown due to the roads and there was a slim chance I would make it on the 3:30 pm sailing out of Horseshoe Bay. Luckily, the Trans-Canada highway leads directly to the ferry so I didn't need to do anything other than just follow the signs all the way through to the terminal. Even with clear roads and steady traffic flow the whole way we reached the terminal just after the cutoff for the oversized vehicles. Not a big deal as this provided time for walking Harold and for me to get a snack before the 5:45 pm sailing.
After walking Harold around (in an attempt to burn off some energy before the sailing) I made my way to the washroom facilities alongside the vehicle queuing for the other ferries. As I was washing my hands, who should walk in but none other than my new friend I met in Kamloops! We look at each other and just start laughing. The other women in the washroom must've thought we were crazy as we chatted and laughed about the synchronicity of our separate journeys.
I head out to the little kiosk food stand alongside the vehicle lines called Good Karma Cafe and order a smoothie. As I waited for that to be made I see the husband of the pair of new friends walks over and we start laughing and chatting too. Turns out they are only a few vehicles behind my uHaul! So cool.
We all finally load on the ferry and as Harold was being his usual spastic/energetic self I needed to leave him in the vehicle while I went to the passenger deck during the sailing. According to new Transport Canada regulations passengers cannot stay in vehicles during sailings but pets can be brought to special areas for the duration of the trip. However, since I wasn't prepared to be outside with him for the whole trip across I needed to leave him in the truck. He wasn't too pleased afterwards but it would have been way worse being outside that whole time otherwise.
When the ferry was just a few minutes out of the terminal I made my way up to the top deck to take some pictures when I suddenly heard a woman excitedly point out pod of dolphins (or porpoises...) to her son. I look over and there's probably 6-8 fins popping up out of the water heading to the mainland shore direction. Amazing!!!
The ferry arrives, Harold is freaking out in the truck but calms down relatively quick and we make our way to my family/friends house. It was a great journey and we both sleep well overnight.
This morning we went for a nice walk down to the water before I went to a job interview!! Which went extremely well and it felt like I should be receiving an offer before the end of the week! Now I just have to unload this uHaul in to a storage facility while I search for a place of my own... I'm off to do some heavy lifting if anyone wants to join me this afternoon!