GRANDSON'S COLLEGE GRADUATION TRIP travel blog


Their motorhome pulled out of their campsite around 0815 and they were headed for Revelstoke, British Columbia a distance of about 180 miles. The weather was great with a sky that was slightly overcast but there was no wind. The road turned crummy after they passed through Invermere and it stayed crummy until they merged onto the Trans-Canada Highway 1 in Golden, British Columbia.

The scenery today was spectacular. There were snowcapped mountains all around us. The terrain was rolling hills with some very tight curves. It was not a road that lends itself to the use of the cruise control and the Jake Brake came into heavy use on the downgrades. There were numerous construction zones although none of them caused them much delay.

At the first construction stop the traffic control person stopped Ross and told him he had a side cabinet door open which Ross thought he fixed while they waited for the traffic to begin flowing. However at the next stop he was told the cabinet was open again. Ross was able to jam things together so that the side door did not open again but what he did was not a permanent fix. After they arrived at the campground in Revelstoke Ross was able to complete what he hopes is a permanent fix.

They crossed into the Pacific Time Zone a few miles west of Golden and they arrived at the campground, Canada West RV Park around 1130 AM. After lunch they drove into town and visited the Railroad Museum, had an ice cream cone, visited the Visitor Center and went grocery shopping for a few goodies.

The Railroad Museum was an interesting museum. The railroad made it possible to travel comfortably across the entire country of Canada as it did in the US. It also made it possible for British Columbia to join the confederation. The Rocky Mountains made the construction very difficult and downright dangerous. The museum has a good display of photos taken during the building of the railroad and scale models of two of the bridge trestles that were built to cross canyons and rivers. The wooden trestles were eventually replaced with steel structures because the timbers simply did not have the long life of steel.

There is static display of an old steam locomotive that was used for years to cross the mountains and there was a retired steam locomotive engineer to answer questions.

The Visitors Center told them about a 20 Kilometer drive up Mt. Revelstoke that has several viewing areas where you can take some excellent photos of the mountains, the town, and surrounding valley. The road actually goes even further up the mountain but it is currently closed because there is at least four feet of snow on the ground. Their destination tomorrow is Kamloops, British Columbia and it is only two hours away so if the weather is good they may take that drive in the morning before heading to Kamloops.

That is all for now,

Ross & Marge



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