Time to go home. Through California

Alaska

Our trip to Alaska was one of the biggest adventures I have ever had. I was happy to be there with Louise but on the other hand I was regretting that Jonathan was not here. I have not heard from him in a while that time and I started to wonder about many things. I felt sorry for Louise because of what happened to her but I was also happy that she could finally breathe. I wonder what I would do if anything like that happened to me? I had to start planning my way back home so these few days in Alaska with Louise were the last days of my stay in the USA. I have organized my car rental to be completed in Edmonton and booked my flight back to Europe. I still had like 10 days.

McKinley

McKinley

Alaska was absolutely wonderful. McKinley is the highest mountain in the whole continent and it was truly spectacular. What is interesting people in Alaska know it as Denali which is its traditional name in the language of native Americans. This mountain was reached for the first time ever in 1913. Since then it has been regularly approached. Mount McKinley National Park is the territory where the mountain is located and we have seen animals that we will not meet anywhere else. Grizzlies, caribou, elks all of them any many more. Alaska is the biggest American state which was bought from Russian Tsar in 1867 for only 7,2 million Dollars. Although Anchorage is the biggest city over there it is not Alaska’s capital. It is Juneau which is situated much lower in the South. We had some great fun over there. We were traveling around Alaska for two days but it was not enough. I hope that one day it will be possible to stay over there for a month or so. That would be just great. And of course I will need a better car for that. Although I was generally happy about it I did not rent it for this trip. If I knew it would happen I would definitely go for a SUV. When we came back to Anchorage I was left with the set of winter tires I bought for the trip. There was no chance and no point for me to take it back home with me. What could I do? I went and spoke to Aaron.

Bought the winter ones

Bought the winter ones

He appeared to be very helpful again. He changed my tires back to summer ones and bought the winter ones. He said there were many people asking him for a second hand stuff and this time he could guarantee that the tires were new. He even offered me such a good price that I did not loose any significant amount of money. Me and Louise had some great time when I was in Canada and Alaska. I am very happy to have visited her. On my final day in Candada she took me over to the airport, we had already been hugging each-other goodbye when I got a phone call from Jonathan. He shared some great news with me. He was working on a big contract and he actually managed to  run a very expensive transaction in Europe. He has always been connected to automotive market and he was hired by a big tire company to complete a merge of several smaller stores and online operators to unify under one brand. This is actually a common practice now. The big ones are taking over smaller companies. I think that even this huge market leader called Oponeo was involved in it. He asked me before for some info about them. And as you remember this is the company that I got the winter tires from. Anyway, Jonathan said that he has a thing to do in California and he wants to meet me there. It was like 3 weeks until he was supposed to arrive so he just offered that instead of me coming back to Europe I should wait for him here, in America. Well, it was not a bad idea at all. When I told Louise about it she was really happy. She suggested that I should stay with her in Edmonton for a few days and that we could go to California together. I had to change my flight arrangements and rent another car. All of that went really smooth. One hour later and I would already be on the flight back to Europe. Good timing for Jonathan. I was not even angry with him. I was happy I could stay in Canada for longer.

The reason why Jonathan was coming to the States was the part of the merge that was going on at that time. He wanted to speak to a guy called John who lived in Sacramento. Interesting character actually. He was running the American Oponeo and he actually started it in the States. Him and his friend Peter were traveling around the States when they got that great idea for this business. I am not sure how they managed to do it all but I think there is the blog online called www.carsofamericablog.com where John mentions the whole history of the business in the USA. His website www.oponeo.com was the one where we ordered the tires back there in Alaska. I was wondering how come it was possible that they delivered it so quickly and free of charge. Now I know. The company is so big now, that they send it from many locations. So when I was ordering tires from Alaska it does not mean they were sent from California but from… are you ready… Anchorage. They just paid someone to deliver me the same tires I bought online and paid that company the money I paid to them. This is how it works today. “Maybe  we should do the same’ Louise asked. Maybe we should travel around Canada or the States as well for the next three weeks and we will come across a great business idea as well?” We had three weeks… “Let’s do it…” I thought…. Two days later we were on the road again. Like Thelma and Louise…

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Alaska. Low temperatures, bears and beautiful landscapes

Edmonton sign

Me and Louise decided not to talk about her did-not-happen-wedding situation at all. This trip was just ours. We wanted to relax. Back in Edmonton she told me the whole story and for the time being we both had enough. What wass interesting, she was a completely different girl that time. The one I knew before. She was cheerful again. I thought back then that marriage does not necessarily have to be the thing that makes you happy. Driving to Alaska took us long time. Edmonton to Anchorage is like a 40 hour drive. It is more than 2000 miles. What a trip we decided to have! The landscapes on our way were absolutely astonishing, we were driving through the mountains most of the time and got to Anchorage after 48 hours. We  were sleeping in the Mazda. Would you believe it. It was definitely not a car for such purpose, but when one of us was driving the other was having a nap, so we managed to reach our destination point. We were so tired that as soon as we got there we rented a hotel and went to a proper bed. When we woke up the next day we decided to have a trip further up North but it appeared to be more difficult than we had expected. The major thing was that we did not have any winter tires and up North it was cold, icy and snowy. We could not rent any, we could not borrow them. We also did not want to change our plan as this was our reward for the difficult time we had in the previous days.

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The wedding in Canada

Edmonton

I was getting ready to leave Canada, and I must say there was not other time before that so much had happened within few hours and I had to change all my plans almost instantly. Jonathan was missing me already but I had to stay in North America for a bit. I mean, come on, it was my friend’s wedding. She was so happy to get married, and she wanted me to be a part of the whole ceremony I could not let my best friend down. Read more »

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Quick launch for Canadian International Auto Show

the Canadian International Auto Show

Returning from the lounge we hooked up for annual event – the Canadian International Auto Show.

Every year it takes place in February and is a continuation of the largest American car event which is an exhibition in Detroit. Every year the exhibition is visited by more than 300,000 people and is arranged in beautiful objects Metro Convention Centre and SkyDome. Read more »

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Who would not want to go to a wedding in Elvis car?

Weeding Cars

To the show room of bridal cars we drove less than an hour. It proved to be incredibly modern place. While inside the dominated cars from the previous era. Here was countless number of old American specialties.

Stacy and Andrew had their two types and they wanted to discuss it again on site to choose the perfect car. Read more »

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Hyundai Santa Fe – car for a real man

Hyundai Santa Fe

The whole day was going to be as lazy as morning. Zero hurry, no stress. Without rush eaten breakfast and morning care. On the outside, from the early hours , the sun shone in a cloudless sky. Read more »

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My very pink friend in her very pink Micra

bagaz

Approaching the landing is not pleasant, a sudden change in pressure and clogging up ears. Although the steward showed how to avoid it, unless I did something wrong. The plane touched the surface impetuously. For such a marvel of technology, they could take care of even more for shock absorbers. A sumptuous ovation for pilots were compulsorily. And for them, after all, landing is a routine maneuever, as for the majority of motorists parking or running the engine. Read more »

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Rolls-Royce of the skies, which is what drives the aircraft

GE Aviation

Flight was terribly long. Short naps, small meals. I read a little book. But it was hard to develop the those 8 hours. I listened to the conversations of other passengers. Yes, I know, do not eavesdrop. But what to do, when you hear though you do not want it. Some people really do not even try to speak softly. Read more »

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From asphalt roads to the conquest of the skies

Boeing 787

One day, after return from another exciting sightseeing trip , at home was waiting for me a surprise. In the middle of the living room stood a large package, probably the janitor let in the courier and picked it up. The answering machine was pointing about a million unheard messages, the light flashed in red. Read more »

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Egypt

Egypt

At the first opportunity we went down to the restaurant for some lunch. We sat down and probably still under the influence of emotions could not concentrate on the menu that was handed to us pretty quickly. Finally we were able to order something, I asked for a glass of wine. Since then, Jonathan was sitting on the steering wheel. We had breathed again and then quite calmly  we enjoyed our dishes. After dinner we went for a short walk, as it was a really lovely place next to the wood, and after a while we just packed up to the car. We drove very carefully. Read more »

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