It's go time people! I have officially departed the farm and my trip has...basically begun. The initial plan for the trip was to meet Jessey and Tommie in BC after the BC Overland Rally then leave on July 1st. That plan has been modified a little, I am now leaving on the 3rd, but will still be departing from Abbotsford, BC. It was important to get the truck in for a check up before leaving and who else would I do that with but Ryan and James at Disturbed Industries Automotive (http://www.disturbedindustries.com/). I also needed to pick up a few things on the way, tail lights, second awning etc.
I left midday on Sunday and high-tailed it to Nordegg, Alberta where I met up with my new friend, Alex Bodogan. Alex lives and works in Banff, Alberta and is an avid adventurer and overlander. We hit it off immediately and were soon parked at our campsite for a night of truck talk, food and fire. The night grew old and we retired to our respective sleeping areas.
The next morning we woke up slowly and made breakfast while chatting and gazing across the North Saskatchewan River towards the mountains. We packed up camp and made our way out to the highway where we turned West towards the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park. We eventually found our way to Golden, BC where we enjoyed lunch together at Whitetooth Mountain Bistro. I consumed - vigorously, I might add - the best chicken burger I have ever eaten, there is no doubt in my mind that I will be returning for seconds at some point in my life.
Alex and I parted ways after a short impromptu photo shoot. A few hours later I found myself in Cold Stream, BC heading towards the King Edward FSR where I'd find my campsite alongside King Edward Lake. The next morning I made my way back to civilization where I visited with my pal, Ben Peddle who I had bought an awning from. I met his son Jack for a second time and Willow licked his face...a lot. After visiting with Ben for a couple hours and helping him mount up his rooftop tent I set out again towards the coast, stopping only to swim at Bromley Rock Provincial campground and to let Willow out to stretch her legs. I arrived at my parents place in time to catch a ride with my bro and to have a short visit with the family before settling down for the night.
This week, post Trans AB/BC trip, has consisted of errands mostly as I get the finishing touches done on the truck. I leave with my bestie, Matt, on Monday to start our way up the West Harrison FSR to Cache Creek. Then on to the Yukon!