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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Today was a day of detours. Though, it might better describe my life these days, always heading off in the opposite direction then I think I should be heading but always getting to where I should be.

The first detour, the biggest one, was heading off towards Gaspé, Québec. My destination, or reason for heading back this way was to get to Montreal to visit my friend Monique. From Caraquet I could head straight towards Montreal and get there in just over one day (about 800 kms). But no, I decide to tour the Gaspésienne Coastline and double the distance I will need to cover to get to Montreal. Running short of time now due to a forced deadline of being back in Calgary for the first weekend in October for Alexis' birthday, this detour is one I see no reason to be doing other then to be able to say that I've been to the Gaspésie region of Québec. I'll get to the point of the peninsula, spend a day there, and move on. There might be lots I want to see, but I don't have the time. Plus, they're predicting rain for tomorrow, my one day there.

The next detour is one I can't avoid. As I'm leaving Caraquet and hit the "Baie des Chaleurs" coastline I can see across the bay the highway I will be on later today. The distance across the water is about 30 kilometres, the actual distance I will have to drive is over 300 kilometres and 4 hours of driving. The drive today is like a backwards check mark. Down the short end of the "V", change directions in Campbellton, up the long side of the "V" towards Percé, do a 90 degree turn and then head north towards the city of Gaspé. Unfortunately the travelblog map shows the progression of my journey in straight lines, which considerably shortens the route I am actually taking.

The smallest detour was also the one that could have caused the most damage or altered the direction of my journey the most. It was unavoidable and seemed minor. There was some construction and I had to do a 5 kilometre detour down some secondary roads. The roads weren't that bad as the speed limit was lower. At one point there was a "construction" stoplight as the road wasn't wide enough for 2 lanes of traffic and the higher traffic volume could have caused some accidents. So each direction took their turn going down that part of the detour. Shortly after I get past that part of the detour I'm motoring along at no more then 70 km/hr when I hit a dip in the highway that wasn't marked and that wasn't visible (or I just completely missed it) that pretty well sent the truck and trailer flying. I didn't think that that was possible. The truck and trailer suspensions bottomed out as I hit pavement. I was sure something broke or that I would lose control of the vehicle from the sudden shift in weight distribution. Luckily none of those things happened.

The whole drive was breathtaking as the scenery driving along the coastline all day was amazing. It was a long day of driving as you had to slow down through numerous towns along the way. It's definitely a drive I recommend everyone make, but without a trailer, to fully enjoy the sights and taking numerous days to do it in.

I could write a whole book comparing these detours in my day to the path in life that we all take and the journey through time that humanity as a whole has taken and still has to take to get to where it's going, but I'm going to stop here and hopefully get some of you to start thinking about the various detours in your own life and how they have impacted where you are now and where you may be heading.

Fortunately for me, but unfortunately for those of you reading this shortly after I have posted this, I know things that have happened in the future that I haven't written about because I'm a little behind in writing my entries. There are also certain things that have happened or will happen that I don't write about because the time isn't right.

Just be aware of the detours in your life and know that they all happen for a reason to get you to where you need to be in the end. Some you make by choice because you want to, though you don't really know why you're making them at the time. Others are forced on you even though you see a shorter path to your destination but there's no way around them, and finally, some are taken because you have to, seem inconsequential, but can have the greatest impact on your life. It's those little, inconsequential by appearance, detours, that can most change your life. 

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