Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Day 7 June 28, 2010 Calgary to Great Prairie Alberta
The roads are getting narrower and less and less traveled the farther up we travel the North American continent. It's mostly trucks and RV's up here. We traveled several hundred miles from Calgary to Great Prairie, a town of 50,000 and our last look at organized civilization for the next 1800 miles or so until we get to Anchorage, Alaska. There wasn't much change in the scenery during this stretch of road. A couple nice railroad bridges, rivers, and oil fields were about the only thing that broke up the monotony of the drive. Sarah was happy to see an occasional curve in the road. It wasn't all that interesting of a day, but we made it through to the Stonebridge Hotel in Grand Prairie and called it a night. It was early so we decided a good meal and a beer were in order for the evening. The hotel had a pub. We went down for a taste of the local fare.
When we walked in to the place we noticed a serious lack of females all around. Sarah was the only female besides the old waitress and a woman working the slot machines in the corner of the room. Gambling seems to be legalized almost everywhere from South Dakota west and if you find a gas station or restaurant that doesn't have gaming it is the exception rather than the rule. The lack of women told us this is trucker country. Almost everyone looked like they belonged behind the wheel of a big rig. The road worn look in the eyes and bodies told a thousand tales of life on the highways. We got a pitcher of Molson and some appetizers, since they were half off on Mondays, and watched some World Cup soccer on the big screens in the bar. I was feeling a bit worn myself, so I called it an early night and went back up to the room to play on my laptop. Sarah did the same. That's how the nights have been in the motels that have wifi. She's on her bed playing with her MacBook, I'm on mine... playing with my Macbook as well. Occasionally one of us will pull up a comedian or some funny video for the other to watch and that will spark another 20 videos as we get comedy A.D.D. and giggle into the night. Last night I looked outside at 11:30pm and it was still lit up in the western sky. You really feel the axial tilt of the planet in these parts. Man I would hate to be here in the winter when the day is 4 hours long. I guess I'll have to ask Sarah how it feels 6 months from now!