Driving Day 7: Smithers to Prince George 370.1km

After lastnight out, the first time the team had gone for a proper evening out, we needed a little bit more sleep than usual. Normally any sleep longer than a few hours is laced with guilt as we would far rather be driving and making progress than lazing around, but as the car still had a long way to charge, this lie-in was guilt free!

Upon waking up and finding the RV park bathed in bright sunlight, we discovered that we were in the middle of a beautiful 18 hole golf course replete with a wide gushing river down one of its borders. As there were still a few hours of charging time left, what better way to while away a sunny morning than having a quick round o’ golf? There was, in fact, nothing better to do, so off we went to borrow some clubs from the clubhouse.

Unlike the scenario where one is expected to be dressed appropriately for such a gentlemanly sport, we teed off in t-shirts, swim shorts and flip flops, with Clemens feeling especially liberated and missing out the last item all together and playing completely barefoot! Despite the late night and sub-optimal footwear, there were a number of excellently played holes, and the team came off the round feeling refreshed and ready for lunch!

After lunching on a terrace overlooking the golf course, we met with the owner of the property who had seen the car and was very keen to get some photos. A pretty standard occurrence one might think, but he requested for the car to be parked on one of his fairways; certainly a first for the team! So off we went to the car, unplugged it from its electricity supply, and drove it onto the golf course. If any of you are wondering, yes, we did try wheel spinning on the grass, yes it was cool, and no the grass wasn’t ripped up!

A small crowd gathered to take photos and to see what is surely the sexiest golf buggy ever to grace a golf course! It was a very enjoyable affair, parked up on fairway one, with a number of very astute and pertinent questions asked by the audience. It was, however, over all too soon as we had to get on to our next stop before the RV park closed for the night.

And that, dear readers, was the highlight of the day, as for the next few hours we drove to Prince George on a pretty but very uneventful drive. The car worked flawlessly, as it had done for the previous 9 days of driving on this vast continent, and it was only the nagging issue of the 2 crippled chargers in the back of our minds that caused us any concern. But as we were confident we would get the replacement components in Vancouver and fix the chargers then, we were happy to leave this issue alone until we could do something about it.

Prince George, a city of just over 83,000 is the largest population centre in northern British Columbia and is based at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako rivers and is a major transport hub for the region. However, as we were rushing to get to the RV park before it closed, we had no time to explore the area, and it was a mad dash to get in on time and get the car charging up as fast as possible.

And that, my friends, is all that happened on the 12th day of this epic adventure!

4 Responses to “Driving Day 7: Smithers to Prince George 370.1km”

  • Nikolai Hoffmann says:

    … How on earth did you manage to wake up in a golf course with the RGE Vehicle?

  • Charles H Schulmann says:

    Dear RGET ,
    yahoo , the pieces of the trip , are starting to fit together .
    While as we have stated before words cannot do justice to the
    sceneries , pictured in the photos , however words can fill in
    the missing links which have left us wondering and wandering
    along the maps , which we must add has provided us a better
    insight of the magnitude of Alaska and particularly Canada .
    We raise our caps and hats to you and your team for
    undertaking this Great Adventure , which you are reporting
    back to us with such aplomb and humour .

    In view of the chargers being the “ Achilles’ Heel ” at
    the moment , the fan club would like to know whether you
    have made provisions to obtain the necessary circuit
    diagrams and relevant components with supporting tooling ,
    in case the chargers experience difficulties in the future ,
    when subject to various input voltages from different
    sources which could become more evident in remote areas ,
    although we think that most of these camps have to comply
    with some basic requirements and most of the good charging
    circuits today can cover fairly extensive input ranges .

    Wishing you all the best from Ladysmith ( Kwazulu Natal )
    in very dry and cold South Africa , where the attention of
    South Africans has turned to the Tri Nation Rugby Tournament
    and sadly early this morning the “ Springboks ” lost to the
    “ All Blacks ” 17 : 31 , Charles and friends .

  • Charles H Schulmann says:

    Dear RGET ,
    we are missing the regular report and feeling
    rather neglected , however , if you are still
    in Vancouver and have doubts about the
    chargers , perhaps-maybe you could pay a visit
    to the Vancouver Ballard Power Systems
    where you could first maybe taste the water
    which is emitted from the tail pipes of busses
    which are powered by the Ballard Fuel Cell
    and secondly you could obtain some tips and
    maybe even spares for the chargers or
    borrow their charger if cheekily feasible .
    Remember that they have already a track
    record which could become useful for you !

    Wishing you all the best from Ladysmith
    ( Kwazulu Natal ) where the people of
    South Africa is celebrating ( Madiba )
    Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s 92nd birthday

  • Buzz says:

    Fantastic car, I enjoy following your trip. You are all doing a fantastic job we need to do all we can to address climate change and you are making a fine example to us all.
    Hope to see you and your car one day in Pembrokeshire Wales some time???
    wishing you all the best

    Buzz Knapp-Fisher Director

    Us energy Ltd trust. non-profit renewable energy community company

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