What They Don’t Tell You About Road Trips

Road trips are always fun when you begin the trip. You have your playlist at the ready, a giant pile of snacks in the back seat, and a list of wacky roadside attractions to take ironic pictures with along the way. All this made even better by the excitement of a vacation at the end of it.

The last big road trip that I remember was almost thirteen years ago (yikes, that ages me), and it was for sport. I was a competitive swimmer and was competing at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). I travelled with Team Manitoba in a bus with my fellow teammates to Cowichan, BC. It’s on Vancouver Island, and my oh my, it was a super fun trip. My parents drove out there to meet me, and it turned into our little holiday with the family. 

After that though, road trips became less frequent. We travelled north to Peguis or Thompson, MB, to pick up my granny for a quick visit every now and then. We did go to Edmonton, AB, one time when my little sister was little, but other than that, they were nonexistent. 

Now, that brings me to what no one talks about: Road trips are exhausting. Specifically the drive home. Whether you’re driving through the prairies (that are super dull), passing through the mountains, or a different landscape than what you’re used to, there is always that driving tiredness that hits you like a truck (pun intended). 

Images from left to right: The mountains before a cloud of smoke. The smoke near Revelstoke, BC. Gin pictured at Kamloops. Gin pictured drinking water on a hike in Vancouver, BC. Picture of Gastown near a steam clock. Gin not happy for the ride home. Gin pictured on at the side of the road, too scared to hike down – smoke was probably burning her eyes.

When my brother and I were driving home from BC, we knew we would make fewer stops and wake up super early because we wanted to be home on the second day of driving. With the time change and the long hours of driving, it caught up to us. Energy drinks, water, and snacks were our fuel. And loud music. You’ve got to have loud music. 

So, yeah, I’m still catching up on sleep and recovering from sitting in a vehicle for 24-hours, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. The next thing on my mind is when my next adventure is? Will I go back to Vancouver or finally embark on my international trip. Who the heck knows, but I sure hope it’s a little sooner than later. 

I’m very grateful I have a few extra days off before I go back to work, as I’m still catching up on sleep and recovering from sitting in a vehicle for 24-hours. Despite the exhaustion, the trip was amazing and I’m already thinking about my next adventure. Will I go back to Vancouver or finally embark an international trip? Who the heck knows, but I sure hope it’s a little sooner than later.

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