It's hard not to have fun on the road! In addition to the volunteering, organization profiling and other project related tasks, I try to squeeze in as much exploring as possible. Below is the second travel video from the road, featuring the rest of Atlantic Canada. Be sure to check out my first volunteer video, too!
7013 KM's = Archie & I have officially completed Atlantic Canada.
Bonjour Quebec, Aurevoir New Brunswick!
P.S. You were the best, EC! I will miss your easterly ways oh-so-much and promise to return soon.
Thanks for the sunny days, salty waves, special seafood, sweet people & stunning sights!
It's official - I have been on the road for an entire month!
One month down, 2-ish to go! It feels like just yesterday when I was pulling out of the driveway from my home base - full of excitement and absolute fear - and here I am with lots of thoughts swirling around in my head....
Hangin' at the Ocean in Nova Scotia
1. I have adjusted to life on the road a lot better than I anticipated. Aside from a couple "woe is me/it's so hard/I am tired/where's my mommy" days (haha) - it's been great!
2. Canada has some form of beauty lurking around every corner - seriously. The East has set the bar very, very high. Hey, West Coast - you better bring it!
3. People are generally kind - especially Canadians. I have met adventurers from all over the world who always have good things to say about the people here and it's true. I haven't come across a single 'bad seed' in the East - only really, really good seeds who have fed me, housed me, guided me and even took me up in a plane.
4. I love Archie, my 2011 Chevy Cruze. I am absolutely turning into a crazy car lady (worse than cats) and talk about Archie like he's my boyfriend. So, what?! He's been the best road companion a girl could ask for. I have even started reading Archie Comics.....obsessed.
Gros Morne beauty!
5. I have gained a new skill - I can now (pretty much) sleep anywhere. Nasty motels, fancy hotels, couches of all shapes/sizes, floors (all levels of cleanliness), chairs, car seats & even in church parking lots. Think I should add it to my resume?
6. I have been so inspired by the people I have met. Every organization is different but their one common thread is passion and dedication and a desire to make change! It's been an honour to meet these do gooders - I can't wait to follow them as their organizations flourish and change.
7. Video editing is difficult - much more difficult than I expected. It turns out that I don't have a special secret skill (I was hoping) and so, the vision in my head never ends up on the screen. The process is frustrating and long and overwhelming....but I am trying. I want my non-profit videos to be worthwhile and useful and decent which is why it's taking so long. Thanks for keeping up your patience (even when I have lost mine).
8. Live music, campfires and ice cream are still my favourite things. Who said travelling changes people? Not I!
9. I have discovered an independence in myself that I didn't even know existed and it makes me feel awesome. I used to be the girl who was terrified to sit and eat alone and now I do it on the regular - and actually enjoy it. It makes me glad to know that I can be happy, with or without people surrounding me.
10. I continue to be incredibly grateful to my sponsors, family, friends and viewers for making this journey a reality. I am trying to absorb every moment as it passes me by and take full advantage of what being on this Roadtrip with Reason means. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Off to edit, I go...xo
I have now officially been on the road FOREVER - 5 whole days!!
Justtttt kidding. I can't believe it's only been 5 days - I feel like the "road life" has been my reality for 5 months (in a good way).
I wanted to share with you the Top 5 things I've learned thus far...
1. Tim Hortons' coffee loses it's charm after multiple cups. Blasphemy, you say? Just try it!
2. XM Radio is awesome (Thanks for the hook-up, Chevrolet!) - I am especially loving the comedy stations. Pretty sure everyone who drives past me thinks I am a little loopy, but I can't help but LAUGH OUT LOUD every.single.time.
3. My terrible sense of direction isn't getting any better. Sometimes even OnStar (the human GPS, as I lovingly refer to them) struggles to save me. In fact, I just returned "home" from another LOST adventure and missed out on ice cream with Blair & Stef from the Empathy Factory. Huge bummer. Instead, I drove on the highway (heading to P.E.I?!) at 12 a.m. So yeah, I guess I learned that it's not TOO scary driving through moose country at night. Actually, I am starting to think the whole moose phenomenon is a big eastern conspiracy. There are a billion warning signs, but where are the moose?!
4. New Brunswick is beautiful and Fredericton is a great city. Who knew?! I didn't. It was a pleasant surprise!
5. There are SO many people doing cool Canadian tours! I have come across 3 different projects, including a group doing a documentary on family farming - they had a TRACTOR pulling a mini-house/trailer/thing....it was the coolest! I also had a chance to meet Scott, Meghan & Sabrina from Run to Live - 42K a day....unbelievable! Man, Canadians are cool.
I am so proud to call this country my home!
Ta-da! I bet by the end of my 4-month journey I will have have a Top 1004493902394394034 things I have learned list...... Hah!
Heading to Newfoundland via ferry on Sunday! Project begins on August 1st! Life is good!
Happy trails & travels.
I realize it has been WEEKS since I posted my last edition of Tune-eee Tuesday. I got so caught up in Pepsi Refresh that I forgot. Woops! My bad. Now that Pepsi is (pretty much**) done, I am back with some music to share.
This week I am focusing on just two artists who are from/living in the province that is full of surprises - New Brunswick! I admittedly didn't know much about NB when I visited a couple years back, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The more I hear about it, the more i like. I am really looking forward to my volunteer visit this upcoming summer....
1) Andy Brown -- Crazy
2) Pat LePoidevin -- 97
3) Andy Brown -- Happiness
4) Pat LePoidevin -- The Constant
This past weekend I was lucky enough to have Pat (& his drummer Matt) play a super intimate show for myself and some friends in Bracebridge at the Bohemian. It was such a shame that he had to play to our small crowd -- way too talented for empty rooms. Really nice guys, too!
Love both musicians with their (very different) sounds, so much!
Check back next week with tunes from Quebec. It'll be a fun one.
Happy trails & travels!
** We are currently in the process of completing the next steps for Pepsi Refresh. If approved in two weeks-ish time, Roadtrip with Reason will be officially named a $5K winner! Fingers crossed!
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Welcome! My name is Becky. I took a roadtrip across Canada, from July to November 2011. This roadtrip was a special one though, because it had reason!