Evocative names. Indicating a different kind of struggle.
It’s raining this morning. All the massive mobile home buses are pulling out. Heading further west. Mainly from the US. it seems like if you don’t have the biggest home you have to have the biggest 4×4 being towed behind it. You must be worthless, because mine is bigger than yours..:) They can drive these massive things with an ordinary car licence.
One guy from South Carolina came past me and asked me where I was from in Australia! I think he was testing the waters, as when I said “your’e well off the mark there sport”, he said, “so you haven’t sorted it out yet”. “Nope, I said and never will”..:). I’m a bit slow, I should have asked him what part of Mexico he was from..:). I was tempted to ask him if he had anything to do with the Prince Corp, of Blackwater fame, but didn’t want to start another Gulf war.
Looking at the map last night, for an “alternative” route south east, I thought had found a Pieste track that would take us due East and line us up with a less busy road south. However, when Jen called to the Visitors Centre to ask about it and how to get onto it, they said there is only a railway line. No road. Mmmm, I think they just don’t know their own area as the map of Canada clearly shows it. Never mind, Jen seemed greatly relieved. So we headed off down the main road after filling up with diesel and groceries. A check on miles and gallons shows that the economy has leapt up from 24’s to 28 mpg. Much more like it.
The scenery is changing. Undulating rather than mountainous.
Driving towards and through Wonawon there is a massive amount of equipment and infrastructure to support serious petroleum exploration and distribution. Fields of drilling tubes and pipeline pipes. Phillips Connico sites and row upon row of temporary housing for contractors. Compressor stations along the road to boost flow through the pipes? Mud and debris on the road. A truck flew past in the opposite direction, spraying dust and gravel that hit us. A rock struck the windscreen low down on the drivers side with a sickening crack. Leaving a significant shattering of the laminated screen. Damn but I guess you drive for miles you have to expect some damage. The damage is too low to affect drivers visibility. Anyway, it seems there is no vehicle testing here???
Could this expenditure on exploration in BC have any impact on why the local government do not want to allow Alberta access to the ports for their oil? You know me, always looking for an oblique answer.
Iv’e just been talking with Jack, an ‘oil man’. He tells me that gas is the product being sought and found. A massive relief for him and his workers as they have been having a rough time over the last four or so years. Families separated and unable to pay bills. Environmentally the product is so controversial but we have to find an alternative to keep us going and in the lifestyle we have become accustomed. All very well posturing but are we prepared to make the sacrifice? We are certainly doing our bit for you Jack..:)