A Moving Experience

Photo of Kamloops Transit buses

Kamloops Transit buses pose for the camera. The vintage GMC joins the lineup.

Widewanderer sits in the cafe at Kamloops Airport. Escape is in the air.

Just last Saturday, I finally retired from driving buses. I shall miss it in a funny sort of way. I shall certainly miss the company of my colleagues. The Kamloops bus drivers are a great bunch of guys and galls, and deserve every little bit of recognition. Working professionals, each and every one of them. Support your local transit system and leave the car at home, if you can. Be Green. Preferably not with envy.

Photo of Kamloops Transit buses

Nova buses line up for duty

So, this morning, I did just that. Most folks heading for an airport with a suitcase in tow would call for a cab. And part with $25 in the process. For an insider like me (or for the layman, a quick look at the transit directions on Google Maps), there is the knowledge that the Kamloops Transit bus visits the airport a whole twice in the morning – and twice in the late afternoon. That is, when there is a full moon. No, just kidding! But as it happened, this morning's transit visit to the airport was just right for connecting into the Vancouver flight. All for the bargain price of $2.25. I'm 23 bucks in profit!

Photo of the new bus deport at Ord Road, KamloopsWorking for an outfit like Kamloops Transit is, in many ways, like being part of a family. We play, we work, we cry, we even fight occasionally. But when all is said and done, each of us supports the other like they were a brother or a sister. The Kamloops bus drivers welcomed me with open arms when I arrived from the UK nearly three years ago. Now there is a reluctance amongst them to let me go. Being part of such a family has a certain gravity, and each member orbits around the centre like a planet. The family holds you in, and breaking out of the orbit is quite tough.

So, folks, why not give riding the bus a try, but each time you ride a Kamloops bus, think of the family that is serving you. You might want to rant and rave about the service – that seems to be the norm these days – but if you do, please try to remember that the driver at the wheel is just a decent working person, probably just like you, with a desire just to do a decent day's work. And the bus ride is a $2.25 BARGAIN!

Photo of Widewanderer cowering under his desk at Kamloops Transit

Scared Supervisor

I did manage three months as a Transit Supervisor this summer, too. It all started in a blaze of glory, as the Englishman stepped up to the plate. But then it all began to go south as the full enormity of the stress involved began to make itself abundantly clear. The Englishman quickly stepped down and resumed his activities as a driver. And once again, the family were reluctant to let me go.

Today, Driver Claudia gave me a hug as I got off her bus at the start of my long journey back to Blighty. A lovely send off…

View inside the new Kamloops Transit shop

State-of-the-art facilities

Image of Nova bus

Distinguished

 

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The Blogging Widewanderer

Photograph of Robert, a k a Widewanderer

It’s a rather foggy day at Hartland Quay in Devon. Perfect for atmosphere! Widewanderer gazes out over the rolling Atlantic Ocean through the lens…

Welcome, Dear Reader.

Widewanderer – Also answers to Robert… An ex-patriot Englishman now living in Western Canada. Former teacher, former bus driver, now stepping out into a brave new world as a professional imager and photographer.

Things that tingle the senses have, since I was but a babe in arms, well, tingled me. Great images and artworks, the best in music, the smells of fine wines and fine foods… Teaching classes of kids, driving a bus around this little city of Kamloops, British Columbia – they are all great fun, but the artist in me YEARNS to get out.

Now, as I start my fiftieth year on the planet, the opportunity has arisen to do just that – start my own photo business. Portraits, weddings, photo restoration, camera classes, Photoshop, and the chance to finally get out and about in this new home of mine – Western Canada – to capture something of the insanely beautiful place I live in, on camera.

So, Dear Reader, keep watching this space for news of the Widewanderer wandering widely, and samples of his art. In the meantime, do please also visit my photo galleries on PBase.com or have a peek at some of the video work I have done on YouTube; it’s all found on my home page at

http://www.widewanderer.com