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On the road again

The Herald's 2005 Subaru Outback and I have become quite close the last seven weeks. Two trips to Chilliwack, one to Kelowna, two to Vancouver and now two to Calgary. Did you know it's an 1,168 mile round trip to Calgary?

Today's trip to Calgary had its moments. There was snow going into Spokane. Road construction in Idaho and nearly all the way through Cranbrook. I had to stop twice to let mountain goats cross the road. Once I turned off and started driving through the prairies, the temperature dropped from 39 to 33 degrees, it snowed — apparently snow in May is not unusual in Alberta.

At a rest stop just over the Idaho border, there was a nice old man working the Kiwanis hospitality trailer. He was wrapped up in an electric blanket. There was no one else at the rest stop and he was all alone. I couldn't help but to stop and say hi. I dropped a $1 worth of coins in the bucket and climbed back in the car with an oatmeal raisin cookie. I felt so bad for the guy. It was so cold (the car temp said 41 degrees). What a lonely job (and I'm sure he was a volunteer).

Just finished a story for Friday morning. Not sure what I'm going to do tomorrow. I've been to the Calgary Tower and the Calgary Zoo. I'm not much of an art museum kinda person.

Will be in touch tomorrow and hope to see you at Toyota Center on Sunday.