I recently got back from a long haul we did with the Ford E350 diesel cube van. Boy oh boy was it ever expensive on fuel! But after the first 1500km it stopped blowing black smoke and the truck seemed to get into the rhythm of being driven so hard.
We had a late start, so from Victoria we only made it to Williams Lake. The next day we drove straight through to Terrace, where I was fortunate to see some of my family whom I hadn't seen for over a decade.
After a quick stop in Terrace we made our way to Prince Rupert, our final destination. It was around 8pm, and we found a very affordable little hotel, of which there are many, and made our way to the local bar to meet our clients and have a social drink.
The next morning I went for a walk through the small city of Prince Rupert, taking in the fresh sea air, and enjoying the nostalgia I was having of the place. Many years earlier I had visited here often with my father as a child, and teen.
We offloaded the small apartment load we had, and our clients cooked us an awesome breakfast before we headed back on the road back to Victoria, stopping briefly in Terrace again so that I could have lunch with my cousins.
The trip back we drove straight through, only stopping in Prince George for dinner, and making a couple of brief rest stops to clear our heads and eyes of sleep and grogginess. We encountered a small blizzard around 3am in the morning, which forced us to stop driving through as the conditions became too difficult for us with so little rest. After this subsided we pushed through down through hells gate, fortunately we had stopped long enough for it to get light out so we could see our way along this very dangerous stretch of BC highway.
What I take away with me from this trip is the following; 1.Double check your math! I way underestimated the costs of this trip, and came out of what should have been a four day journey with only $250.00, 2.Plan your route and stops if you can. I paid $89.00 for a really cheap motel in Williams Lake, where just down the road was a small town with a place for $49.00. 3. Get lots of rest when and where you can!
Laird J Blomgren