I Made It to Chilliwack!
After 3,383.5 miles….I made it!!
I’m really really here in Chilliwack BC!
I’m so thankful for a safe journey. My angels have been watching over me the entire way.
Today was a busy day. I just couldn’t sleep last night. I kept tossing and turning, my mind racing and I found myself waking up every hour. Finally, I gave up at 5 am and got up for good. I was on the road at 6:30 just as the sun was beginning to rise. It was foggy and raining in the higher elevations again today and I90 took me up over the Cascades and through a challenging stretch of road called Snoqualmie Pass.
Construction coupled with the poor weather made this another day of focused driving.
Traffic came to a standstill just 6 miles before I branched off I90 onto I405 and this congestion slowed me down for about 45 minutes.
My spirits were not dampened though since I knew the end was near. Once down from the mountains and out of the city traffic, the sun came out and dairy farms dominated the landscape. It was quite reminiscent of the countryside in Vermont where I grew up. I was nearing the end of my audiobook, “Glass Houses” by Louise Penny. This is the 13th in her Inspector Gamache series. I love this series and it was quite fitting that this series of books are set in a small town on the Canadian Border near Vermont! It all ties together now doesn’t it?
I arrived in Sumas, WA just before lunch and located the Sumas Mini Storage facility where I had a unit waiting for me. I unloaded the bulk of the items I brought with me for the camper and re-arranged the remaining stuff into some semblance of order in the truck.
Rain threatened overhead in the form of big thunderheads but did not materialize and everything was safely stored in the dry locker in short order. I stopped by the mail service center, Ship Happens, and learned that my package had arrived but was still being processed so I decided to take a lunch break and enjoyed a celebratory steak salad lunch at Bob’s Burger and Brew.
After days of a diet consisting mostly of yogurt, fruit, trail mix, and cheese, I was ready for some steak! Lunch was yummy and a real treat!
My package containing the cable for the cell phone antenna was waiting for me after lunch and after picking it up I headed for the border crossing.
I was faced with the usual questions: “ Where do you live?, Why are you visiting Canada? Is the trailer paid for?, How much cash do you have? Are you bringing any meat, alcohol, tobacco, fruits, or vegetables into the country? How long are you staying?” and after answering all and presenting my passport, I was waved through. A short 20 minute ride up the road and I was in Chilliwack!
I decided to stop off at Escape Trailer Industries and bring them the cable needed for the antenna and say “Hi”! When I arrived, a man stopped me in the parking lot to talk. He was from Vancouver and considering the purchase of an Escape Trailer. We had a lovely conversation and after about 5 minutes of chatting, a woman came out from the office and said “You must be Sarah! I want a hug!!” It was Meagan, one of my customer service reps who has been helping me and sending me all the lovely photos of the daily progress on Wild Thing!
I must give a big shout out to Meagan, Sarah, Lori, Erin, Verena and all the staff at Escape. They do an amazing job and are always ready to help. Thanks also to Nigel and the entire Escape Production Team. You make it all happen and are so willing to go above and beyond to make our camper dreams come true! The owners of Escape, Reece and Tammy, have built a formidable team who share their vision of a quality custom product and a happy end customer! Having spent a large part of my professional life in Customer Service, these are my kind of folks!
Thank you Escape Trailer Industries from Wild Thing’s Mom!!
After my quick stop at Escape, I checked into the Rainbow Motor Inn and then took a 3 mile walk down to the grocery store for you’ve got it…cheese, fruit, & yogurt!! At least enough to hold me for the next couple of days until I have my real kitchen! I so needed a good walk to stretch out the kinks. I also picked up a bottle of bubble bath and a nip of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. It is indeed time to relax and celebrate a bit tonight!
Today’s Driving 233.4 miles. 4 hours.
Total Trip Miles: 3383.5 Ashland to Chilliwack
Total Trip Driving Hours: 56:16:30 Ashland to Chilliwack
And here are the trailer build update photos for today, thanks to Meagan! These are the 7th in the series. The details of my camper are really coming together. The countertops have been installed in the kitchen. The sink, faucet, stovetop, and range hood are installed. The blinds and the valances are hung, the microwave and heater are installed, and the cabinets are finished. That’s just what I can see from the photos! I know there is also plenty of work being done that is not evident in the photos.
I’ll be up early tomorrow and scoot down to Trademaster’s Automotive where they will install the 5th Wheel Hitch and I plan to have them give the truck a check-up. Then I’ll have a little time to rest and get ready for the next leg of this grand adventure!
Tonight, though, I am just overwhelmingly grateful for the wonderful and amazing journey that has brought me to this place, at this time, with you.