Monday, August 13, 2012

Back To Normal, Finally

A week away from civilization can be very relaxing, and my recent vacation was just that. Traveling from a outing a long way from home on the other hand can often be hectic and the return return yesterday was just that. The journey from 100 Mile House BC to my home usually takes 5 or 6 hours, yesterday it took 8 and half!

The first leg of the trip was going smoothly, but the first hindrance of trip came early afternoon, with a fatal single vehicle accident just north of Clinton BC (1 hour wait). Waiting for the accident to clear was an interesting experience, we got to meet some interesting people, who were also trapped in the lineup. By the way, the photo in today's post was taken while waiting near Clinton. As for the accident itself, one person was killed, another was taken by ambulance to 100 Mile House, and a third was taken by a medivac helicopter to Kamloops. Following this delay traffic was backed up heavily in both directions on highway 97, but once clear of the area traffic lightened up.

For the next 45 minutes all was going well, but shortly after refueling in Cache Creek we ran into the second accident of the day near Spences Bridge. The accident there was serious as well, a medivac chopper was seen taking off shortly after we arrived, and we were told there would be a 6 hour wait. That was not going to work, so we turned around and took a different route, taking highway 97C south through Logan Lake. From there we took highway 8 to Merritt and finally took highway 5 through the Coquihalla Pass to reach the Greater Vancouver area.

We finally arrived home around 9:30pm last night, and I have to say that it is nice to be home and off the road!