Nissan Finds Its Way Home After 65,000km
The phone call came from our shipping company, our truck and camper would arrive in the port of Vancouver on January 23rd 2012. Tom flew to Vancouver to pick up the Nissan, wondering in what condition the Nissan and camper would be in after being lost at sea for a month.
First, there was the Canada customs paperwork, then the soil tests, the sniffer drug dogs, the demands for more money and finally 4 days later the Nissan was ready for pick up from the shipper’s warehouse. Huge sighs of relief, the Nissan looked exactly as we had left it; the camper had a little damage and had moved back about 4 inches towards the back of the trucks cargo bed. We suspect that either, the camper moved when they damaged the container in Panama or the ship hit a huge wave. The Nissan securely tied down in the container, did not move much, but it must have swayed breaking the exterior lights and damaging the roof. A Vancouver Nissan dealer checked out the Titan and all it required was an oil change. Not bad after 65,000km on the road and a month at sea.
The Nissan was equipped with snow tires for its trip across the Rocky Mountains and the anticipation of winter driving conditions. On route, Tom spent a delightful evening visiting with fellow Canadian overlanders at Abbotsford, and then it was time to head home.
Travelling east, first through the beautiful Fraser Canyon and then across the Rocky Mountains the highway was closed at Rogers Pass due avalanches and 22 feet of snow which makes for great skiing but challenging driving.
“The most treacherous drive since I left Calgary in June 2010!” Tom declared. You mean we could have had off road fun in our backyard I asked. He also declared it was the most beautiful drive since he left Calgary. You mean we went to the Andes when we could have just driven down the road to see stunning mountains.
Yes it is great to back in Canada surely one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The home comforts I love are our wonderful comfortable bed, the luxury of soaking in a clean bathtub, and having a washing machine to use at anytime.
Travel adventures off into the exotic worlds of foreign cultures, strange sounding languages, weird food, ridiculous toilets and friendly strangers. It is the lifestyle we both love and already the maps are once again out, even before we have finished unpacking.
We bought a house with the criteria, “easy to sell or rent.” I think we will travel until as long as we are physically able. There is still a lot more world out there waiting for us.