Kamloops, Jasper and Edmonton
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Monday was a bit of a utility day, getting chores done and readying for my drive back East to oakville which I was planning to start the following day. I managed also to get a hair cut and made a quiche (mmm bacon, any excuse for Bacon!).
The morning came around all too quickly and I started loading up the car with all my odds and sods that gradually crept into S's apartment. It was about then that I noticed that the cooler was broken. I'm really quite reliant on the cooler when I'm on the road, even if its just to keep my marg from turning into a buttery soup. I examined the box and found out that an additional switch on the back had unfortunately popped right through its own enclosure and was rattling about inside the casing. I drove over to an electronics shop and using my british charms managed to convince them to let me fix the cooler on one of their backroom benches.
I only made it as far as Kamloops that evenign, but through a superb magical jammyness which I didn't manage to repeat, I managed to get an $80 per night motel for $50.
I had another stroke of luck: I took the cooler's power cable into Candadian tire to get it tested - a simple fuse replacement later and my mini-babybels were saved!
Back on the road the following morning I drove up through the mountains and stopped in at Jasper to check the job boards. Not much going on, unless I wanted to be a hotel housekeeper. Another ad caught my eye: hotel buildings maintenance. I could do that! I walked over to the corresponding hotel and asked at reception, unfortunately the position has already been filled a few days previously. Humph. I took this as a sign that I really should get back to Oakville and replenish my finances in a more worth while manner. On to Edmonton, and utterly failing to find a provincial park campsite or cheap motel I resigned myself to yet again sleeping in the car. I found a flying J and proceeded to re-arrange the contents of my car to make room.