engineering graduates from Canada cruised the continental
USA and Canada. Follow our summer 2003 tour as it unfolded.
The Boys are Back in Town!
The Wide Load has safely
returned to its resting point back in the beautiful Vancouver area,
and the plans for the party are well under way. Saturday,
September 6, 2003 the Wide Load party begins. Things will kick
off before sundown with a BBQ and keg number one. Ladies, we
haven't forgotten about you. You'll be refreshed with an
irresistible southern concoction we call Hunch Punch. Something
for everyone. We have a resident DJ and a bartender hosting the
event to keep things going well into the night.
Click here for details and
directions to the party.
The coast to coast journey flew
by. A big thanks to Ken's parents and family for once again
hosting us showing us a great time in Amherst before we left. I
think we're all ashamed of our guitar skills. Better luck next
time. Laurie, we'd be proud to be stuck in the back of a cruiser
as long as you were at the wheel. Thanks for the high blood
pressure from the ATV's. We wouldn't trade the experience for an
extra night in Montreal. From Amherst we headed west to Quebec. Friday night
was on the town (Montreal) taking in some of the "culture". For the
weekend, we were hosted very generously by the Cannings in Brampton.
Everyone had a great time. Past Niagara Falls, we dipped back
into the States for what would be the last time of the trip. The
long haul back took us through the north-central states all the way to
Yellowstone, Wyoming. There we dedicated one full day out of
three for our
last crazy team challenge. Ask us about it at the party.
It is something that likely none of us will ever attempt again as long
as we live. From Yellowstone we seemed so close to home (only
one time zone) that the Wide Load found its way back to Vancouver by
September 1, 2003.
Looking back we're having a hard
time reflecting on the whole summer. It may be no wonder when we
had 111 great days covering 27492 km (17183 miles) over 36 states and
six provinces in three countries. More meaningful however, have
been the countless memories we've made along the way and most
importantly the people we met and grew to know. We would like to
thank all of those who helped and hosted us.
The Wide Load has found its
resting point and is up for
sale but already new plans are in the making. Now that
it's our turn to bunker down and get a life, we extend our invitation
for the road trip to be continued by all of you. To the friends
(and extended family) we've made, there will always be an open door
(and a beer) where you find The Boys of the Wide Load. Happy
Boys of the
Kilometer 27492 (Mile 17183) and Day 113
September 3, 2003
We're back in Amherst, Nova
Scotia on the transition between two different legs of the journey; we
just finished the maritime provinces and are about to endure the long
haul back to British Columbia.
Our escapades in the Atlantic
provinces took us around Nova Scotia and P.E.I. Cape Breton,
Halifax and Charlottetown were highlights. Regretfully,
Newfoundland and Labrador will have to be saved for a return visit.
The scenery and summer climate are so similar to the Gulf Islands and
Vancouver Island that it's a bit eerie. We're the furthest away
from home yet and at the same time it feels so close to home.
The distinctly different folk flavour to the nightlife and lifestyle
here is enough to keep us coming back. The Celtic influence is
So, as it would appear by our
never ending journey log, that we have yet again extended the length
of the trip. We will return the Wide Load and its team back to
beautiful British Columbia sometime during the first week of
September, and for good reason.
Party!!! The Wide Load
party will be held on Saturday September 6, 2003 so clear your plans.
All friends, family and followers are welcome to take in the BEvERages
with us and to see the Wide Load for yourselves. The beer bong
will be running smoothly so you can even test your skill against Ryan
and Ken's record time. The BBQ will kick things off late
afternoon and things will escalade into the night. Directions to
Joel's house and contact information will be posted in the coming two
weeks. We are always easy to be reached by email on the team
For now though, we've got some
ground to cover. Only two weeks to go (until the money runs dry)
and 5866 km to cover. On the road again. See you soon.
Boys of the
Kilometer 20421 and Day 98 on the Open Road
August 19, 2003
We currently have a problem with the
computer that disables us from being able to upload new and future
photos and videos. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.
Luckily the latest compilation video was finished before this
happened. Check out our Grand
Canyon video here.
Oh Canada, how nice it is to be
back on our side of the border. Not that the states is really
all that different, but the subtle differences are appreciated: Tim
Horton's, coloured currency, kilometers, Canadian Tire etc.
After a weekend immersed in
alcohol, we left Kasey, Will and Morgan's place and took to the hills.
At this time Ryan was kidnapped back to Birmingham and was swept off
his feet by Angela. So, for a while we were just three.
The Wide Load made its way up
the steep climb to the Appalachian mountain range. We continued
along the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy some cooler temperatures.
Next, we visited with Joel's Uncle Michael in Williamsburg.
Washington D.C. was the next stop on the map. The Smithsonian
museums and the capital had enough to keep us busy for a few days.
Just before we took off, Ryan was reunited with the group after
catching up to us on a grueling 16 hour bus ride through only the
shadiest parts of Ghettoville, USA. It seemed he left his heart
behind. He plans to move back to Alabama, seriously. New
York was the next stop: Times Square, Ground Zero, Empire State, Grand
Central, Statue of Liberty. Boston was great. We bummed
around M.I.T. and drove around Harvard to remind us of the part of our
life that we just finished. The road took us north to the border
and into Canada.
So here we are. Were in
Amherst, Nova Scotia. Ken's family, and extended family has been
excellent in showing us a good time. Last night we all went to
the bar, Ken's parents and grandmother included. We've all been
made to feel like extended family.
We'll be touring around the
Atlantic provinces in the coming days. Then we'll visit some
Canadian cities on our way back across the continent. We've
extended the trip to day 110 bringing us to the end of the month.
There is enough to see on the road to keep you busy for a lifetime.
Still bright smiles and great memories.
Boys of the
Kilometer 18450 and Day 89 on the Open Road
August 10, 2003
We are back in the friendly
southern states -- Athens, Georgia right now to be exact. A lot
has happened which explains why it has been so long to bring it to
you. There is not much time to slow down and sit here at the
The videos are up. We have
a map that plots our path if you follow the route map link, and most
of everything else is up to date.
So what has been happening?
Jenn was our first visitor from home to come and cruise in the Wide
Load. She flew into Atlanta for the weekend. We then went
south and saw as much of Florida in a week as is humanly possible.
Barbara Field (a family friend of Jason's) took the crew out for an
outstanding dinner outside Fort Myers. We SCUBA dived and
snorkeled in Key Largo. Miami was the weekend destination.
Jeff who we went to school with just missed us in Miami by a few
hours. We hit the town with Amy and Jamie and had a great time.
Long live the hunch punch. On our way north, we spent a full day
at the Magic Kingdom, Disneyworld and hit Daytona Beach.
All said and done, we're back at
Kasey's place for the party he says we're hosting. It's just in
his house. Last night got out of hand and that was just a warm
up for tonight. The keg has been tapped and the beer gods are
calling. Over and out.
Boys of the
Mile 9129 and Day 74 on the Open Road
July 26, 2003
Boys Gone Wild
New Orleans. Been there.
Done that. We've covered some serious miles in the past week.
The trip is more than half over and there is still so much to see.
We're in Birmingham of sweet
home Alabama right now and we'll be on our way to Florida shortly.
It will be down to The Keys and then north all the way along the coast
until we hit Canada again.
Canada Day down here was a rest
day for Independence Day. That went off really well.
The backcountry part of the trip
is far behind us and now it's on to white sand and beaches.
Boys of the
Mile 6647 and Day 58 on the Open Road
July 10, 2003
Leaving the Last City of Zion
This is the geological leg of
the journey. Contrary to popular belief, we do do more than suck
beer from a plastic tube. The hiking is amazing and the photos
will tell the tale, but it's disappointing to see how poorly they
represent what it like to actually be there.
The Aristocrat is rolling out of
Zion National Park as
this is being written. We just finished hiking the Angel's
Landing hiking trail this morning leading us up to cliff edges 1500
feet above the canyon! Our hike through The Narrows gives the
Grand Canyon hike something to compete with.
We're on our way to Bryce
Canyon National Park through the southern strip of Utah. The landscape
has already changed in the time it has taken to type this. We're
looking forward to more good times to roll and maybe a shower in the
next day or two.
Boys of the
June 24, 2003
Safe and sound
back in homeland America. We've just been and returned from
Mexico. Phoenix today and Grand Canyon tomorrow. Ryan's
relatives have really shown us incredible hospitality: Joe, Betty,
Megan, McKenzie, Skye. . . The names go on.
San Filipe was our sanctuary of
warm water, cool beer and cheap food in Mexico. We fished until
our stomachs' discontent, and returned once we all felt the gentle
rumble from down under.
We're all a bit more tanned
(some are peeling) and the good times continue to roll. Thank
you for those who have made comments from around the world on our
message board that we just got up and running. The website name
is proudly on the back of the motorhome now, so hopefully we get
comments from sightings along the way. There is a lot more to
Boys of the
June 15, 2003
As We Go from Great to Better
warming up!!! It's great being here down in San Diego. P.B.
as they call it is kickin' bro! It's heaven on Earth. We
all finally witnessed Andrea in live performance for the first
time in the five years that we've known her. She's going to
humble us with her voice again tonight, but it's a beach day so I'm
going to cut this short. We are in no hurry to get out of here,
but it will be on to the Baja after this.
Boys of the
May 31, 2003
Welcome to the Time of Our LIves
We're on the
road!!! It's happening. . .We're in Vegas now baby.
There's not too
much here yet but just you wait. We've had some humdingers
already . . . and we'll be showing them to you.
strange signs, a message forum and pictures of other wide loads we've
seen on the road are all things you can expect to see here. Without forgetting,
we've got the essential facts for dorks: fuel
economy, distances traveled and a breakdown of our costs. Beer
will be a high one no doubt. We've heard about every slogan
you could imagine to sell piss beer and some more memorable quotes of
our own to pass on to you.
about the only thing we don't have. I am writing this as we
barrel down the road at 65mph. So
bare with us as we take you on a journey that has been three years in
the planning and that will be four months in the unfolding.
Boys of the
May 24, 2003