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!
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.
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!
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.
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.