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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Coming Back on the Crowsnest Highway

There was no rush this morning. So we ate the remains of the breakfast things we bought at the supermarket on Tuesday. Our hotel room had a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee pot. We ate instant oats, bread, cheese, and yogurt and drank our juice at around 8:00 am. We drove back home along BC Highway 3, called the Crowsnest Highway.
  Back Home via the Crow Highway

We often take this route, when going out to the southern Okanagan.  A series of updated trails first made it through the mountain passes and this became Route 3.  Some sections are smooth and straight while others have bits where one must keep to under 40 kph to get around tight curves and corners.

Back Home via the Crow Highway

The first town was Keremeos, known for the abundance of apples and peaches.  We stopped at the most famous of many fruit stands, but really just to look.

Back Home via the Crow Highway

The second and only other town along that part of the route was Princeton.  I figured it was time to put a bit of electricity in the car, mostly because I had to find a restroom!  The BC Hydro chargers were not well marked and we ended up taking almost as much time finding the fast chargers as connected to one.  

Back Home via the Crow Highway

Then, we travelled over another range of mountains to the town of Hope for lunch.  This city sits at the end of the Fraser Valley with the mountains right at our tail.  It is only about 130 km (100 miles) from Vancouver, so it made a great Subway break at about 1:30 pm.  I plugged up the EV while we were eating and regained the power we'd used going up and down through the mountains, some with grades of 9%. There were wildfires burning near Hope, the only significant fires we saw on our trip.

Back Home via the Crow Highway

We careened back along Route 1 through the usual bottlenecks near cities and unpacked the car at 4:00 pm.  With the local driving yesterday we put a little less than 1000 km (620 miles) on the odometer.  However, Jay suggested cleaning the car at our buildings outside the car-washing area.  There were fewer bugs than in the spring but we did encounter some today.

I am so thankful for the Hyundai Kona's adaptive cruise control on road trips.  I am not nearly as tired as I used to get when driving the old Ford Ranger.


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