Yes, WiFi is a little slow in the True North, and the good folks who protect the borders aren’t as enthusiastic as one would think about visitors spending money in their country, but two reflections might best sum up Road Trip XX:
Western Canada is Incredibly Beautiful
We’ve traveled every part of the lower 48 and other parts of Canada and Mexico as well, but nothing compares to the Canadian Rockies. “Breathtaking” is the word that comes to mind when I think about the places we visited on Wednesday and Thursday.
People are Incredibly Good
I started to use “friendly.” But it’s more than friendly. People in Canada are, by and large, sincerely good. We were welcomed as guests. We rarely had to pay for our own meals. New friends drove hundreds of miles to welcome us. We were showered with gifts.
At one stop, when we surprised a newspaper publisher by showing up at his plant, he took us in to meet his staff and proclaimed, “Do you know who this is? This is THE guru of the newspaper world!”
We discussed our trip on the final day of travel and agreed it might have been our best yet. It’s hard to compare. It didn’t include as many funny instances as some. Towns were much further apart, so we didn’t meet as many people. But when we look at the trip through our rearview mirror, we both agree that Road Trip XX stands up to any of our previous 19 adventures over the past five years.
Road Trip XXI is already on the calendar in November. Who knows what hijinks we’ll enjoy. As always, “We have a car. We have a plan.” As usual, the destination could be anywhere.