The Mrs and I just got back from a quick trip to Calgary and back, taken in the air conditioned comfort of the Pacer.
Some thoughts that went through my empty little head as we motored home:
-my god there are a lot of V-Stroms on the road. Easily as many V-Stroms as there were Harley Baggers.
-cruiser riders love to ride with lots of skin showing, they have no idea what they are in for one day.
-adventure types are more covered in protective gear than the sportbikers.
-fuel was 1.19/l in Kamloops, 1.14/l in Calgary and 1.28/l in Kelowna.
-try to avoid fueling in Golden and Revelstoke unless you like 1.33/l and waiting 15
minutes for a pump to open up.
-why is that Mountie pointing at me and making a "slow down" motion?
-when it's 35 deg Celcius, traffic is crawling at 20km/h up through the Crowsnest Pass, air conditioning is a good thing.
-if you have never been to a Bass Pros Outdoor Shop, 150,000 sq ft of guns, boats, quads and gear is pretty cool even when you don't fish.
-geez, there's some more V-Stroms.
-Alberta drivers are much politer and less aggressive than BC drivers.
-am I going to get a souvenir from that photo radar van?
-the washrooms at the old tollbooth on the Coq are disgusting.
-Brewsters Pub in Airdrie makes crap beer and crap burgers.
-Cactus Club in Kelowna makes a good BBQ duck sandwiches.
-my daughter makes great chow mein.
-those Dakar 30th Anniversary KTM models look sweet.
-those BMW GS Adventures are too big, the regular GS's are a good size.
-the KTM guy is going to need to do chain maintenance tonight, the BMW guy will be sitting with his feet up instead.
-Satellite radio would be a good idea if I did this trip very often.
-holy crap, more V-Stroms!
-observed a pack of about 20 cruisers pulled over for a photo op and thought "thank god I'm not stuck behind them".
-did not see another Pacer the entire trip. And when it's time to merge onto crowded highways, 394 HP and 370 lb/ft going through 6 closely spaced gears make it quite a bit less dramatic than with most cars.
Gotta love the asshat on the Harley that rode through an accident scene west of Sicamous. 2 girls with bloody faces sitting in the middle of the road, a woman getting hysterical on the side of the road, a written off Sable wagon, a written off pick up in 1 lane with the loaded horse trailer over the concrete curbing and in the ditch. This buttmunch paddles through it all without stopping. I decided I had more pressing matters than to warn him about all the shattered metal and plastic that he riding through. In the end everyone, including the horses, were OK.
I asked a few locals why the drivers in Alberta were so polite and non-aggressive. It turns out there is massive traffic enforcement in the area. Photo radar, un-markeds, zero tolerance and education have changed the public's perception as to what they are entitled to do on the roads.
There were no left lane squatters, cars were rarely more than 10 over the limit, people signalled their intentions and were considerate of other road users. Hmmmmmm, whoda thunk?
A good trip, wished I was on a bike a few times but since the temps were mostly 28 deg Celcius and above, I was happy in AMC's finest. Now it's time to clean off the filth and make it pretty again.