In years since I have moved on looking for more different and interesting experiences. In 2011 I worked for a season in seismic (exploration of natural gas and oil) in Alberta. That was a brutal job; working as a mule, laying cable through the wilderness in the middle of winter fourteen hours a day, seven days a week. But I got my first experience in helicopter! This seismic experience opened up an opportunity to take a heavy equipment course on Prince Edward Island. I thought when else would I ever get an opportunity to play on a excavator, backhoe, dozer or loader?
Later in 2011 was also the year I did my first expedition bike ride across Western and Northern Canada. 6,500 km’s in 14 weeks (less a day) would be one of my greatest experiences of my life. Read more about that here https://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Safari-Arie/
In 2013 I needed to make some career changes and found myself taking an AZ truck driving course and ended up driving a truck for Voortman Cookies (long haul). Now I realize driving a truck is not on every persons radar as a respected profession. But I have also come to realize that unless you have been in the “big boys seat” that these opinions are very misguided. In all my years of working and of all the experiences that I have had; driving a truck has been the craziest, most difficult and most challenging accomplishment of my life. Voortman Cookies runs a specialized trucking company from the perspective of having to unload the trailers by hand and our delivery locations – storage units. Voortman Cookies is delivered to grocery stores via independent distributors; not through distribution centers. Most storage units are not designed for a 71 foot vehicle (53 foot trailers).