We slept ok and woke to bright sunshine yet again. We have been so lucky with the weather on this trip. The hotel L’Hermitage was conveniently located and comfortable. Lance and I walked to the car rental depot after breakfast to collect our mini van. To our pleasant surprise we had been upgraded to a Chrysler Town & Country in place of the Dodge Caravan we ordered. I am signed up as the sole driver as Lance hasn’t driven over here before and Darlene prefers not to drive after so much time away from here. I drove the van back to the hotel we loaded up and it all fitted with room to spare. We folded down the third row of seats and had heaps of room. The seats are leather and the car nearly new with just over 8,000 km on the clock.
We found our way onto the Trans Canada Highway without too much trouble. Construction slowed our speed to 70 to 80 kph for several kilometres but eventually we cleared it and set cruise control to the speed limit. We were not all that hungry at our planned lunch stop at Hope so kept going expecting to see a roadhouse or something to eat a little further down the road. Nope. Didn't happen. The other thing missing were toilet opportunities. We found a snow chain station that had a toilet built over a hole in the ground. Fortunately it didn’t smell and we all used it. Some 86 km later we pulled into Merrit and found an A&W burger store and ate a late lunch there.
Then it was back on the highway and on to Kamloops our evening stop. We arrived around 3.30 and checked in. We drove downtown to check it out although it was late on a Sunday afternoon and most stores were closed. We returned to our rooms and around 7pm we walked to the pub next door for a light evening meal. I had some Thai chicken curry soup. It was really good. We stayed for a wine or two in the balmy evening still in the mid 20s. I didn’t mention that it hit 31 degrees on the way to Kamloops. Really warm weather for here for this time of year.