Archive for September, 2010
I made it back to Montréal last Wednesday, and I’ll be in town for a couple of weeks apart from short trips. The trip home from Burning Man was great! I convinced Robin to join me for the first few days, and we drove north from Black Rock City to Portland, stopping at Crater Lake and several hot springs on the way. We both really enjoyed wandering around Portland, and I want to go back! We also had poutine at a food cart. Not great poutine, but poutine nonetheless.
Then we parted ways and I continued north to Seattle. I arrived just in time to hear j0seph play as part of TubaLuba in a music festival, then stayed with him for a few days. I’d forgotten how much we have in common other than computer stuff (which is how we met) and now I want more than ever to get a workspace back in Montréal where I can build things like silly bikes.
Vancouver was my next stop, to see the city and visit a friend from high school. He suggested I ride to Granville Island while he was at work, and once there I found the Fringe Festival! Of course I went to see a couple of plays before meeting him for drinks when he was done work – saw 52 pickup and Jem Rolls, both of which were great (not sure if either were in Montréal this year.. anyone else catch them?)
On my way out of Vancouver, I stopped by a scrap yard to get a power steering reservoir for the van. The current one is rusted out, and all 3 Chevy vans I looked at had some degree of rust there, so I wanted a nice shiny west coast one. Scrap yards are cool – a big field of junked cars that’s basically an open-air parts shop. You can get a pretty good view of the internals of a lot of them since many have their engines removed (and presumably sold.)
Then, more hot springs. I spent 3 days in the rockies visiting several of them, then drove east on the Trans Canada Highway. Northern Ontario is just a big as I remember from my bike trip but also really beautiful in places. The prairies are also (contrary to what everyone who hasn’t driven them assumes) not boring, and I saw an amazing sunset while driving through Saskatchewan! And then Montréal again… it’s good to be home :)
Here’s my van. I told you it was hilarious. Can you tell I’m on my way to Burning Man?
I’ve uploaded a bunch more photos:
Also more train thingies:
- Spare bogies near Brest, where they change bogies on the Belarus/Poland border
- The crane used to change couplings at the same border, since Russian couplings are made of FAIL
- A standard-width carriage coupled to a Russian one
Anyone want to come see Ben Folds in Boston on November 17th?
Yeah, I know most of you stopped liking him in 1998 or so… it’s a guilty pleasure :)
Boston is a 5h drive away. My plan is to drive down & sleep with couchsurfers or in my van (down by the river), then drive back sometime on the 18th.
OK, since my last real post… I made it to San Francisco in 6 days (5 days of driving and one day of the van breaking down), straight along the I-80. I did a few days of Burning Man preparation then I headed out to the desert, which was awesome as usual.
I’m now heading up the left coast, and Robin is joining me for the first bit. We’re taking our time, camping and sampling hot springs along the way, and we’ll hopefully be in Portland tonight.
After that, Seattle, Vancouver, then the Trans Canada east :) If you’re along my route, expect an email in the next few days because I want to meet up…. but definitely email me <firstname.lastname@example.org> as well in case I don’t know you’re along the route!