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Part 4 of On the Road to Vancouver: Finish Line

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The first time we drove from Atlanta to Vancouver we intended to take five days. We’d reached Missoula in three. When I asked the lady inside the GPS how long it would take to drive to Vancouver she gave me a number that surprised me…and thrilled me. It would be a haul, but we could do it. After all, this was the culmination of a dream: to spend the summers in our own(tiny) place in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

This year we knew we could make it in four days from. But we are beginning to believe that last day will be fraught with surprises.

Last year, at the end of May, there was snow, extreme construction, drama at the border crossing and hellacious traffic coming into Vancouver.

This year, a bridge collapse north of Seattle required an alternate route—earlier into British Columbia north of Spokane. And then the Washington State Patrol asked me if I would like to make a donation of $113 because of my driving skills.

But the drive through B.C. was glorious.

And at the end of the road was Vancouver.

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Vancouver, Canada

This is part 4 in a several part guest blogging series by Marc Pickard, husband of Exploration’s owner and advisor Jean Pickard. Marc is an avid traveler, a fly fisherman, and a former reporter for Atlanta’s 11Alive news. He is now happily retired and occasionally using his journalistic skills to contribute to the Explorations blog. He is chronicling a road trip across the US from Atlanta to Vancouver.


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