After some careful consideration and a lot of research we came to the conclusion this morning, that we either left today or we were going to have to stay for another four or five days. The highway cameras showed wet roads, but no snow, and road temps above freezing, but they were calling for snow later this afternoon on the Connector. So we decided to leave around 10:30 which would allow the roads to warm up a little more but hopefully get us over the Connector before the snow started. We also knew that once we were over the Coquihalla we could take a longer route home, through Kamloops, BC if the conditions on the Connector didn’t look good.
If you look in front of the black car in the right hand lane, with his brake lights on, you will see the vehicle who is the reason for today’s blog title. The black car’s brake lights are on because she had just cut him off as she was switching back and forth between the two lanes.
We were on the road for half an hour when a car with Washington plates (the one referred to in the picture above) decided that it was going to change to our lane whether we were there or not. I was looking at highway cameras on my phone when all of the sudden the truck and trailer were swerving off the road. It took me a few seconds to process what was going on and it took hubby a few more seconds to get everything back under control, but he did a fantastic job 😯 Fortunately, for all of us on Highway 1, she pulled of the freeway just shortly after she cut us off.
I took this picture shortly before the incident, we thought she was in front of us but I guess we had passed her. We try to stay behind crazy drivers.
The Coquihalla started off pretty good, wet but no snow.
Just as we entered the snow shed we noticed the rain was mixed with snow.
As we headed up the smasher, these terms are for those of you who are Highway Thru Hell fans, there was snow down to road level and the temperatures where down around freezing.
That didn’t last long and once we hit the summit the snow stopped, the roads dried, the temperature went up, and the sky started to brighten.
This picture was taken shortly after the one above. That’s the Coquihalla; conditions can change in no time!
It looked like we had got in front of the weather, and the cameras on the Connector showed favourable road conditions, so we decided to take the shorter route home and headed over the Connector. The Connector is 500m (1,640ft) higher than the Coquihalla but it doesn’t get the wet snow that the Coquihalla gets so it usually isn’t as worrisome.
As we neared the summit it started to snow and was just starting to stick to the road, so we think we timed our trip perfectly 🙂
The snow was tiny dry flakes unlike the wet big flakes the Coquihalla gets … I much prefer our dry snow to the wet snow on the coast.
The flakes are so small they are hard to see but we heard it got heavier throughout the afternoon.
We always feel like we are home when we come down off the Connector and see Okanagan Lake.
It is nice to be back at the campsite 🙂
Until next time …