Well, we made it.
Six days, 4,300 km, and continuous, breathtaking scenery. I have criss-crossed this continent a dozen times or more, across Canada, up and down both the east and west coast of the US and numerous points between. I never tire of seeing how vast, grand and diverse this continent is.
Chas: “I’m glad you enjoyed yourself. I did’t see a f**k’n thing.”
I took an extra day or two this trip. I was in no hurry and stopped most days about 4-5 pm so I would have lots of time to find a camping spot, shop if necessary, and enjoy a simple, relaxing meal. I stayed in both private and municipal campgrounds with washrooms, showers, and in some cases, wi-fi.
Lou: “I’m glad you could clean up. The bugs and road dirt pounded my wheels. My beautiful carbon wheels.”
The boys survived. It was a long time for them not to move but they didn’t complain.
Chas: “How could you tell? You were in your warm, quiet cab listening to love ballads all day. You weren’t listening to me. I was screaming at the top of my stem while you were tapping your foot to the sounds of the classics.”
I have an eclectic LP and CD collection dating back 30 years, but I don’t listen to them much these days preferring the music streaming services, particularly Sonza. That is until I take a road trip. I have a 6 CD changer in the car, enough for hours of music. But what CD’s do I take. I gave it a lot of thought. I wanted music that was relaxing, inspirational, and positive. I was going to be in the car for a long time without radio service.
In the end, I decided to take my collection of Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Evlis, and Frank Sinatra ballads. I played them every day and never tired of them. In fact, I enjoyed them so much, I plan to purchase a CD player for the cottage. I only have a radio here. I enjoy it for the local news, but quickly tire of all of the ads.
Chas: “You were reminiscing about love and I was on a hate rant.”
I enjoy most music – folk, jazz, ballads, classical, indie, and softer rock and roll. The only music I really don’t like is hard rock. But the classic ballads kept alive by the likes of a Rod Stewart and Michael Buble are easy, inspirational listening.
Lou: “All I heard was wind and road noise. A lot of noise. I think I’m deaf.”
The boys are feeling better. They are standing proudly under a topographical map of the surrounding area with their favourite routes outlined.
Chas: “Hey Lou! Who do you think will get the first ride?”