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2nd Annual Cross Province Road Trip

Well, last year in August Brody and I did a road trip from where I live in Northern, BC to the Fraser Valley, BC (just outside of Vancouver). That's where my mom and dad live and that is where Brody was born.

Last year because of flooding in the Prince George area I took a longer route through Jasper Park in Alberta (also I'd never been through there so thought it would be nice to see). This did add a couple of hours to the trip, plus I made frequent stops.

The highlights of the drive down last year were: Brody crying non-stop for the first 12 hours and refusing to go to the washroom at any of the MANY stops I made. Brody is funny about going in new places and can be quite stubborn if I don't take him where he wants to go. On the plus side, he wasn't car sick.

This year I am taking the Prince George route and doing it in one day instead of over two (I'm figuring on about 15 hours). I actually really don't like driving, so this whole thing is a big deal for me. I'd much rather fly, but airfare from here is just crazy expensive (read: over $1000 for a less than 90 minute flight) and I can't afford it more than once a year (Christmas) and no way am I driving that drive through mountains in the winter!

I'm sure a year will make a big difference in Brody. Last time he was only 6 months old. This time he'll be 19 months. He has his new car seat which he really likes (the Solvit Jumbo Tagalong) - it's comfy for him to sleep in and he can look at the window when he wants to. He won't need me to stop so often for pee breaks (that he refused to do) since he's a bit older now.

Even though I have a Ugodog at my parent's place for when we visit, I'm thinking of bringing his home one along and then if he is not going at rest stops I can at least try that (I did have it with me last year but never actually thought of bringing it out for him to use when I stopped).

I'll probably trim down (a lot) how much stuff I bring along for him. Maybe 2 toys and his grooming stuff and some food/treats (however, I'm sure that will grow despite my best intentions!!). Last year it seemed my car was full of stuff just for him and I really didn't need it all.

We don't leave for another week, but I'm nervous already. I wanted to do it in August but mom and dad went to Nova Scotia for a month. Last year Brody's breeder had a puppy picnic, but she isn't doing it this year (I think probably because she has a litter due).

Anything I'm not thinking of. Yes, I know I over-plan these things!! ha ha

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hope you have a great trip Tracy. How far are you from Prince George? If you ever need help with a dog trainer email Judi, at http://www.canineswithclass.ca/ Super lady. Funniest dog trainer I've ever met.
Check out her tidbits article on the site. lol

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Prince George is around 5 hours or so, I think. It's going to be my first stop for gas and potty break! I'll check out her site.

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And just cuz I have this pathological need to obsess over every little thing...

I'm thinking of moving his booster seat from the back seat (I have it there cuz I occasionally have a human passenger) to the front seat. Brody + the booster seat aren't heavy enough to turn on the air bag, so that's not a concern. I'm thinking it might be nicer to have him where I can actually reach him to pet him as we are driving along.

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rear seat is always the safest, but hey I have no problem with that.

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Well, we made the trip yesterday (Wednesday, Sept 19). It started out bad. We went to bed about 9:30 so we could get up early. I tossed and turned and fell asleep sometime around 11 or so. At 1AM I was awoken by people outside yelling, hooting, etc etc. This went on until about 3 AM. Since my alarm was set to go off in one hour anyhow, I decided to just get up and get in the shower.

While I was in the shower the fire alarms in the building all went off. Figuring it was probably connected to the noisy yahoos, I got dressed, did my hair, brushed my teeth, etc. Then I just grabbed a bunch of my stuff I needed to load up in my car to go, and started taking it out to my car.

Police and fire trucks were all there at this point. There was also, apparently some sort of domestic disturbance going on (i'm sure this is all from the same apartment who just moved in recently and they are a nightmare family) as well.

So, it's 4:20 and we hit the road. Brody decided to start barking, crying, whining, etc. before I even put the key in the ignition. The first part of the drive is tough. It's windy, mountainous roads with wildlife everywhere and it was pitch black outside. I saw at least 20 deer and remember, it was pitch black outside so these are just the ones right at the road. Add to that a whining and crying and carrying on Brody and my nerves were already shot. Plus I was tired.

I was thinking it was going to be super bad on the Brody and me front, but oddly enough once the sun came up Brody settled down. He decided to go to sleep in his car booster seat burying himself UNDER the cushion. It was so cute.

He was great the rest of the drive (last year he cried for 12 hours non-stop). Other than one time when he started crying and carrying on so badly I'd have thought he was about to burst his bladder or something. Of course there was no place to pull over. Doing a road trip here is basically traveling through the back woods with no cell reception and long distances between any sort of towns. So it was a good 45 minutes before I could even find a spot to pull over. And then....he did nothing but look at me like, "why did you stop?"

Anyhow, the rest of the trip he was really, really good. He even went to the bathroom usually when I stopped (which he refused to do last trip and held it the entire trip). I was very happy with him. He didn't get car sick either.

The trip took me just over 15 hours. I'm sure someone who drove faster would do it in less time. I drive quite slow through the scary parts because I'm a huge chicken and I hate those big mountain cliffs! Plus, we had a few breaks.

Brody goes bonkers when he hears the GPS lady talk. He made me miss a turn because it wasn't well marked and he was going nuts while GPS lady was telling me where to go so I didn't hear it and I didn't see which way I was supposed to go until I was right in the middle of the intersection. So, we had one scenic route diversion.

He was very happy to get to mom and dad's though. The first thing he did was go running to try and find Piper (mom and dad's recently deceased Maltese). He went to all her favourite spots looking for her. It was kind of sad, but amazing that he'd remember.

We went to bed early last night. And now I'm not driving anywhere until I'm forced to go back! ha ha ha

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Holy catfish! I have to disagree with your description of yourself! 'Huge chicken'?? I don't think so! To undertake a trip like that, in darkness on the kinds of roads you described - have to hand it to you - not sure I would have had the guts. In fact, I am pretty certain I don't have them. Glad you made it safely. 15 hours of driving with two hours of sleep beforehand?? I hate traveling in the dark on roads where you have to watch for deer to leap out in front of you. Have a wonderful visit! That is sad about Brody looking for his little friend who is no longer there.

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glad you made it safely!! wow, what an adventure!! have FUN!!

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you're more adventurous than me. Driving is not my thing. Four hours is long enough for me. Goood for you. Have fun.

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ha ha Driving is so not my thing. I normally do 10 minutes tops and like it that way!

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