"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Why I Should Not Be Allowed to Play With Google Maps

Rae acknowledges that she 'cannot see everything' in the 28 days she has to cross the country, knows that she has a year ahead of her, but still decides to play the 'let's pretend this is the only chance I've got' game.

Next thing you know, she's going from Ottawa to Val D'Or to Thunder Bay to Winnipeg to Brandon to Regina to Moosejaw to Saskatoon to Edmonton to Calgary to Banff and Canmore to Medicine Hat to Fort MacLeod to the Crowsnest Pass to Kelowna to Victoria.

Total mileage (or kilometrage, as I like to put it): 5,950

Total km per day I'd have to do: 200

Which means this is totally doable if I alternate long days and stay put days.

Needless to say, I plan to revise this itinerary. :-D

So far my only MUST is that I hit Brandon, MB, at some point since it is home to the largest reptile zoo in Canada!!! I'll be able to see the longest snake in Canada AND the only two Nile crocodiles in this country!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's been fun to look at the maps, but now it's back to serious, get on the road, sort of planning. Oh, and I wish a GPS would fall out of the sky; those things are hard to shop for. At least, I've narrowed it to a Garmin something.


Green Fairy said...

Reminds me of the time I needed to drive from Chicago to San Francisco but decided to go via Seattle because I had never been to the Pacific Northwest! It only added an extra thousand miles or so. :-)

Raven said...

LOL I'm bad like that. My last trip, I returned to Ottawa from Savannah... via the Florida welcome centre.

And I'm notorious for planning my trips so that they'll go through Chicago. I usually drop Chicago, but I did make it back there in '05. I'm due to come back!

Cedar ... said...

Aren't maps the greatest planning too. At one time I had my spare bedroom's walls covered with huge maps when i planned a trip to Grand Canyon, (trip yet to take place) but the planning is part of the fun. Have a great time!