After "The Smasher," the drive to Kamloops was relatively uneventful. I burned a lot of gas conquering the Coq, so had to fuel-up in Kamloops. After fuelling-up, I then got lost looking for the Trans-Canada Hwy., and ended chugging up another big hill - naturally! (The truck and I had seen enough hills for the day, thank-you.) What does any good Canadian do when lost? Look for the closest Tim Hortons. The guy at Timmies was very friendly and gave good directions. I figured the least I could do was buy a cup of coffee
Traffic on the Trans-Canada was fairly heavy, which surprised me (now that the summer-school break was over). About an hour or so after leaving Kamloops, I'm into the pretty Shuswap Area. Lake country. Feeling a bit peckish, I decide to stop at Salmon Arm for a take-out lunch and come across the Mall at Piccadilly. http://www.piccadillymall.com/
Driving into the mall parking lot, I was met with kin! Fellow RVers parked under the shade trees at the far-end of the lot. The mall also offers a complimentary sani-dump. They are obviously very RV friendly. I asked another RVer if the mall had any qualms about overnights. He said they stay there all the time and have never been asked to leave. (Makes sense, otherwise why would they install a sani-dump)? I was grateful for this option (on future trips - I had already booked my first night's stay in Revelstoke) so, decided to show my gratitude by buying lunch (and some extra groceries) at the mall's Save-On Foods.
Carrying on to Revelstoke, the drive was fairly easy. Revelstoke is a pretty mountain town with a rich history of railroads and mining. Revelstoke Mountain is a popular ski resort. I had planned on stopping to check-out Revelstoke's quaint Main Street, but it was too late. They were closed for the day.
So, with some regret, I had to proceed to my booked campsite at
Canyon Hot Springs Resort, located 35 miles east of Revelstoke.
Why did I choose this resort? Because it's there.
I had done some research; the RV sites around Revelstoke are few and far between, and many shut-down the first week in September. My main criteria is a drive-thru site, and they had plenty of those. Lots of grass, trees, and a mountain view to make it pleasant enough. There is no sewer hook-up - only electrical and water, but I was only staying the night. However, many of the reviewers on Trip Advisor were miffed by the resort's business practices. The swimming pool looked inviting, but I was also turned-off by the useage charge. ($3/person). They charge for pets, showers, pool and hot-spring access - basically everything. I know many seasonal RV parks have to make hay while da sun shines, but there is a fine line between running a business and a money grab.
And then there are the trains. I hadn't been parked long and the first one whizzed by....and then the next....and then another one.
"That's the 7th one since we've been here" yelled the guy beside me.
"How long have you been here?" I asked?
"About two hours" was the reply.
ha! ha! Their website does not mention the fact that the park backs up onto the Canadian National mainline. Oh well. I was tired enough to sleep through anything....and I did.
The morning dawned bright and sunny (and they weren't charging extra for that) so grabbed my coffee and sat outside the FaN a bit. The train counter beside me was getting his rig ready for the road.
"Damn trains every hour on the hour!" he boomed before roaring off.
I waved and thought "Good-bye Ricky" because it reminded me of that classic "First Stop" I Love Lucy
episode where the Ricardos and Mertzes were enroute to California and spent their first night in motel a bit too close to the tracks....