With Covid vaccinations rolling out worldwide, the end of perpetual lockdown is in sight. Many of us are dreaming, planning and even venturing on road trips. While international travel may still be on hold, adventures by road offer exciting possibilities.
For the next two weeks the Friendly Friday Challenge is to post articles inspired by ROAD TRIPS past, present or future.
The last time I went on a road trip it was around Vancouver Island in British Columbia. For those who don’t know Canada’s geography, British Columbia is a province on the North West Pacific coast. To get there, it is a five-hour flight from Toronto, followed by a ninety-minute ferry ride from Vancouver (the city) to Victoria on Vancouver Island. It’s a trip I normally make by plane but it’d be an awesome cross-Canada drive. Something that I’m planning for the future!
For our Vancouver Island road trip, we rented a car and drove to Sidney, Sooke, Duncan, Nanaimo and then went across the island to Ucluelet and Tofino. Along the way we had breathtaking scenery and stopped at the many folky, arty and cultural spots.
In Canada, we are not opening non-essential travel between provinces, much less to the US. So, while I might think about a future road trip there, the next best thing is armchair travel. In my mailbox this week, Goodreads suggested this reading road trip of books set in every state across the USA.
My last great armchair read was Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui. In it, the author travels across Canada to write about small-town Chinese restaurants and the families who run them.
Although it looks like a cookbook, it is really a memoir about Chinese immigration in the 1970’s. It follows Ann Hui’s Toisan father and her parents’ legacy of Canadian Chinese, chop suey style restaurants. It’s a well written, braided story that moves between her family and the people interviewed on her trans-Canada trip.
Do you have a story to tell about a road trip? Read or real? Taken or planned? By train, plane or automobile? What’s your favorite road trip song? What’s your favorite food discovered on a road trip? Tell us about it!
I look forward to seeing your post on ROAD TRIPS. You have two weeks to publish your response to this challenge, after which Amanda will pose a new one. Remember to include a pingback to this post, so that I can find you. Full instructions on Friendly Friday can be found here.
Toronto, Canada. May 2021
Late to this week’s challenge? It’s never too late ! Check out Week 2 of the ROAD TRIP challenge here!