What goes up, must come down…

Days: 399-402 (29 July 2015 – 1 August 2015)

Total distance travelled: 107,037.6 kilometres (66,482.96 miles)

All good things must come to an end, and with heavy hearts, we bid farewell to our Canadian Yukon friends before boarding our bus for another five thousand, five hundred kilometre ride across the North American continent.

That’s right, another four day bus ride from Whitehorse to Toronto!

Bidding farewell to views like these...

Bidding farewell to views like these…

We’d considered ourselves veterans of long haul bus travel after our months through Latin America, however this was another league (after all, at least in Latin America folk will board the buses to sell you food and drink).

Still, we learned a thing or two on our outward voyage, so all in all, our return leg wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

We were also much better prepared with food supplies, after all, this time at least we had the chance to grocery shop, rather than simply rush from the airport to bus station.

Time was filled in much the same way. Sleep when we could (sitting up worked much better than with the seats reclined), read, stare out the window, play cards, eat, repeat…

Still, we did learn a few things (like how lucky we weren’t travelling north a week earlier), and have a few other ‘moments’ along the way.

A glimpse of the Alaskan Highway the week before we made our journey north

A glimpse of the Alaskan Highway the week before we made our journey north

We made exciting discoveries as well!

Such as Reader’s Digest made some possibly bold forecasts back in 1992 (whilst exploring a thrift shop in Sudbury) or that the world has actually produced a pant that would fit both Sarah and I into it (that’s one person, per leg… again in Sudbury).

World, meet the size 66 trouser!

The things you find on the road!

The things you find on the road!

There were moments as well.

Like when we were woken close to midnight at one scheduled stop whilst the bus driver politely asked one passenger to leave the vehicle (we’d slept through the opening exchanges, so had no idea what was going on, but the passenger refused to get up).

Members of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police, sadly however, they were clad in dark navy, not their red Serge uniform with those cool hats) were called to attend and arrest the fellow (turns out it was for drug use).

There were characters as well.

One older lady could have quite easily been Estelle Getty (of The Golden Girls fame), right down to the glasses and the tight, steel wool perm hair.

Janis Joplin accompanied us a short way as well.

Okay, so it wasn’t actually she, but this twenty something lass with her guitar, long hair, floral dress and head band could seriously have been on her way to Woodstock, and even more seriously, was asking around if anybody knew where she could find a commune in which to live… she was last seen wandering away from the bus, somewhere in Thunder Bay.

One of our last stops also presented us with an historical surprise, and this was all about Winnie the Pooh.

Welcome to White River, not the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s ‘One hundred acre wood’, but rather the place where a small Winnie, a Canadian Black Bear had been purchased by a Canadian Officer en-route to the First World War.

This bear would ultimately end up in the London Zoo, and it was there that it was found for inspiration by Milne.

The Winnie the Pooh tale started here... (left) & At least somebody is cruising the highways in comfort! (right)

The Winnie the Pooh tale started here… (left) & At least somebody is cruising the highways in comfort! (right)

Today in White River, they remain very proud of that link.



* Our fare from Whitehorse to Toronto cost us $253.12 CAN (for the two of us) booked roughly five or six weeks in advance.

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11 Responses to What goes up, must come down…

  1. Chris, you guys are troopers (or should I say mounties) of the first degree for taking on a bus trip of this length. But as you well know from experience, it’s all about preparation and the right attitude – and a few entertaining stops along the way. ~James

  2. Ahhhhh 4 days … seriously!!? I did not even know that was a thing. Nope, nope. Not sure at all I could handle it … But glad you found ways to survive and handle yourself. That Korea article though!

  3. Oh my goodness sounds like you ran into quite the characters on your journey. I love it, though! Memories like these will last a lifetime. Plus, long bus rides build character.

  4. This is the best part of travelling isnt it? You meet great characters on your way while you travel. I must say i love that photograph of yours the one with the dogs sitting on the vehicle. That is so cute.

  5. Tracie Howe says:

    Sounds like an interesting journey! I’ve heard some horrific stories about riding long distance buses in North America, so it sounds like this wasn’t too bad. That wildfire photo is insane!!

  6. Mar Pages says:

    Awww! Those dogs in the cars are the cutest. I never knew that Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a real bear, and thank goodness you missed those terrible wildfires!

  7. I love bus rides, don’t get me wrong. But for four days?! You guys are legends! But I guess I wouldn’t have options if that would be the only cheap way to get there. As I’m a sucker for anything cheap! 😀

  8. Kevin Wagar says:

    So cool to see someone else who’s been to White River 🙂 I was trekking up there many years ago and spent the day working at the Winnie the Pooh Festival as a chance to shower and get some hot food 🙂

  9. Vyjay Rao says:

    Loved reading about your myriad experiences. Sometimes these simple moments are the ones that give immense joy and make travel so meaningful.

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