Cross Country

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Thumbs out, they stand on the shoulder of the motorway. Actually, Adam is status. Sarah is sitting on the grassy embankment, knees up, helping her head on her hands. There, at the outskirts of Valemount, where they have been looking to hitch a ride for what appears an eternity, she has given up. They are hitching throughout Canada. A month earlier, discussed over a pint of Moosehead Lager at Seamus David’s Pub in Dartmouth, the experience from Nova Scotia to British Columbia seemed like a extremely good concept. But by the point they’d crossed into B.C. From Alberta, the adventure changed into long past.

By the second one week of September, maximum tourists have returned home and packed away their trailers and tenting equipment for the season. Only a few vehicles have pushed by inside the beyond couple of hours, one or slowing simply sufficient to size them up. Adam is making an attempt to keep his game face, but Sarah just sits, discouraged and dejected. Even in the end reaching the Rockies would not excite them. After weeks on the street, they’re nearing their destination. But at that moment, worn-out, bloodless and hungry as they’re, Vancouver appears a million miles away.

Their luck hasn’t gotten any better as this cool, cloudy Tuesday afternoon wears on. When they locate themselves uncovered to a chilly drizzle in the diminishing mild of nighttime, Adam indicates they call it an afternoon and pitch their tent underneath a close-by highway overpass. Sarah would not a lot care as long as they get out of the rain. They slightly get the tent pitched and are working at getting settled for the night whilst a truck bearing a City of Valemount sticker pulls up. The driver informs them that tenting on land owned via the Ministry of Transportation is illegal and they ought to p.C. Up and circulate on. Sarah asks him to present them a trip to a close-by campground, however he refuses. His shift turned into over and he claims he’s low on fuel.

‘Please, please, please,’ begs Sarah. ‘Can’t you spare just a few mins to assist us out? And I’m certain you’d in no way allow your self get that brief of gas.’

Giving in, the city employee waits within the cab at the same time as the pair p.C. Up their stuff and toss their packs in the back of the pickup. Minutes later, the choose-up turns down an old little-used road parallel to the park and pulls over alongside the thick tree line. The two hitchhikers jump out.

They walk along a fence till they attain the Park entrance handiest to find themselves status inside the cold rain in the front of a locked gate. The join up the kiosk reads ‘Campground Full.’ They can’t even plead their case, ask that an exception be made, due to the fact the kiosk is unattended. Patience long gone, Adam is at a loss. He turns to find Sarah sitting in the gravel, leaning in opposition to the gatepost.

‘You k?’

‘No! I’m now not ok! I’m accomplished, Adam. You pay attention me? I’m soaking moist, and I’m so cold, I cannot feel my arms. I’m hungry and tired, and my feet pain. I’m simply going to take a seat right here inside the rain; with luck, I’ll capture pneumonia and die by using morning.’

‘Aw, c’mon. Things are horrific enough with out you going all Drama Queen on me. Gimme a minute.’

Adam slides his soggy percent from his returned and units it beside his girlfriend. He turns to survey their surroundings. Crossing the highway, he descends into the trench at the far side and for a 2nd he disappears into the increasing rain. A second later he is back, hurrying to Sarah.

‘C’mon, arise. There’s a fantastic stand of trees on the other side of the street. Hardly any underbrush, an ideal area to pitch the tent.’ They determine to move up the highway a bit and set up their tent a brief distance off the street some of the trees.

Adam helps Sarah to her toes, and shouldering each packs, he leads her throughout the vacant highway. Stepping as much as the fence, he throws the packs over the barb wire.

‘We’ll find a spot to set up a quick distance into the timber.’

‘Suits me. Anything. Just make it brief. And what approximately that?’ Sarah factors on the big NO TRESPASSING signal attached to the fence line about twenty ft away.