Apr 29, 2017
We arrived back in Kelowna two weeks ago today. Colin only returned to Las Vegas from seeing Mommio three weeks ago today. During this last trip to Mexico Colin thought that we should upgrade our tow car.
So we really did like the Jeep but it did not have a CD player which Colin prefers to use. So he kept looking online. Finally he spotted something in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
One might say that in less than a week, we sold a car, traded a car and purchased another car. No wonder my head is spinning and I am tired.
The plan was for us to arrive in Medicine Hat early Friday morning and be on the road back home no later than noon that same day. We spent Thursday night in Brooks and would spend Friday night in Golden, BC and be home on Saturday. We didn’t find out till about noon on Friday that we would not even be able to see the vehicle until after 5PM that day. Hence the lovely hotel accommodation. However we were somewhat upset. We actually initially only saw the Jeep about 6PM and did our first inspection and test drive.
However it was well worth the wait as the dealership had taken the car to an auto body shop to do a few touch ups but of course it took much longer than expected. Long story short there was glitch after glitch. Some of the documentation was out of date which necessitated a new mechanical inspection which they did this morning. Then we had a 50 minute wait to get the Alberta Registry to issue us an transit permit and so on and so on. Not serious problems but mostly time consuming and a comedy of errors. So our trip ended up being delayed just over 24 hours which of course had its own set of problems. The pain of the event is over and it is time to start enjoying our new purchase.
The Jeep will serve as a work vehicle for Colin as well as our new toad. We are happy to be down to two cars and one RV. Our new to us vehicle has so many extras including Quadra Lift which is an air suspension system that you can control from inside. You can raise the chassis up 4 inches for more clearance. Traveling on the highway is like floating on a cloud; the chassis actually lowers to aero mode which is more aero dynamic. When you park, the chassis drops down for easy exit and entry.
So many incidents to share but we are tired and need to rest for the final leg of the journey. One fellow, just as we entered Banff insisted we pull over, he wanted to tell us that we had no license plate and that we would get arrested. We explained that we were in transit and had the proper permit. We had already heard this a few times but this fellow almost forced us off the road in order to stop us.
We really enjoyed our drive today in the Jeep and look forward to many miles of fun and exploration. Meanwhile it is time to hit the sack as tomorrow is another day of will we be able to get it done or not.
Late night thoughts…..
~ the main reason we drove all the way to Medicine Hat was because this was on the only Jeep Grand Cherokee in all of Canada, that had both a beige exterior and interior which is what we really wanted. The one we saw in Penticton last week had a black interior plus it was not an Overland and this one had the CD player. The deal we got was more than sweet.
~ I thought that we were back on PST time but not true. Not until we reach Revelstoke. That means that we kept the restaurant open 30 minutes later than their closing time and that we have a wake up an hour earlier than anticipated. Why did I not know that just driving from Alberta to BC did not mark the time change?
~ I only packed clothes and underwear for three days, not four. Also meds and vitamins.
~ I will never ever travel anywhere without a nightlight again.
Done for the night……..