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April 20, 2008

The Trip to Nelson
Posted by David Jones

The drive has been most pleasant, with Bryan and the writers and getting to know each other as we travelled the highway winding from Vancouver to Nelson.

_DSC0002As I reminisce about cycling this same way on the rail bed of the Kettle Valley Railway just a few short years ago, I notice my van-mates’ eyelids begin to droop, and soon they are fast asleep—all except for Bryan’s, of course. A veteran of the steering wheel, his steely gaze is fastened to the yellow line snaking toward us as we swerve down Highway 3.

Highlights, (in order of importance):

1) Meg Tilly’s homemade cookies.

2) The K burger at our lunch stop in Keremeos.

3) A brief but ineffectual blizzard. Apparently, I’m riding a juggernaut. The tour is unstoppable (except by 2—see above)

4) The sighting of the marmot at the side of the road. I believe it was trying to flag us down, but Bryan’s policy on hitchhikers is unswerving —particularly when a member of the ground squirrel family is involved. We drive on as if it wasn’t even there, and I can only hope that it wasn’t some kind of medical emergency.

Through much of it, I’m trying to compose something worthy of the attentions of the students of Glenmerry Elementary school, whom we shall be visiting tomorrow morning. No doubt, they’re expecting me to say something fascinating and I have to hold up my end of the tour.

At last, we arrive at the New Grand Hotel, where we’ll be staying for the week. As I lie back on my comfy bed and gaze up at the ceiling—which is an impressive distance above me—I suddenly realize that my room is a perfect cube. I don’t know whether this is by accident or design, and I haven’t actually measured it, but I’m almost certain that it’s exactly as tall as it is wide as it is long.

I’m sorry if the photo doesn’t do it justice as the lens I’m using introduces some distortion. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Someday, all hotel rooms will be like this.

David Jones
posting from inside the Cube

Filed under: Kootenays Leg 2008 | 2 Comments | Permalink


Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Apr 22, 2008 at 07:47 AM

Good luck, David! I’d forgotten how funny you were until I read this post—I’m sure the students will be riveted!

Apr 22, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Ah! The K! Keep and eye open for the fish and chip restaurant/antique store in Keremeos. You sit at an antique table while eating your chips. Classic.


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