제1구간 9/25 - 9/27
Avis Rent Car Co.가
As 2.5 days driving from San Jose to Vancouver is always
same when we make Around Continent Driving, the first day from San Jose to
Grants Pass, Oregon, was same driving as 2 months ago when we had 9th.
Around Continental Driving. However, it was the first experience to rent a
car and this latest version of the car was so different from our cars 20
years old. I had a lot of hard time to drive it. First of all, there were so
many strange buttons which I could not understand what they are mostly. Avis
rent car co. did not give the manual which made me practically impossible to
guess the functions of most of them and gave me really hard time as I had to
guess anyway regardless possible or impossible. The hardest problem was to
find where is the Cigarette Lighter, as I needed power source for D-Star
communicator and a Navigator which the car didn't have. I have looked around
front part everywhere many times but it was not anywhere. Now, I have looked
at the back of the front seats and saw a small square cover which was found
out to be a Cigarette Lighter finally !! I wonder what kind of anti-smoker
have designed this car? Lately, everyone use electronic equipment in the car
which requires electric power source, not only for cigarettes, and some of
the latest car has USB outlets in the car. What kind of stupid strong
ant-smoker has designed this car? Does this means front passengers should
not smoke while back seat passengers may smoke? Because of this stupid
strong anti-smoking designer, I have had too much hard time and wasted quite
a time to find it finally.
Anyway, after tried various buttons with the best guess, I have connected
D-Star Communicator and my Navigator to the Cigarette Lighter at the back of
front seats and started to operate this wonderful car. Now, not only the gas
tank was displayed by the miles further to drive with remaining gas rather
than normal gas tank level display, which has confused me, the lid of gas
tank was closed tightly and there was no switch to open it. I have searched
whole car to open the lid of gas tank again and again, but there was no
button or switch to open it. Well, at the gas station, I asked a help from
attendance there. AND he pushed a corner of the lid and it was open !!!!
This is what we call "The egg of Columbus". hi hi.
could fill the gas tank and drove Mountain Shasta, which had so many winding
uphill mountain roads with single lane for the most of the time. Due to slow
trucks, we had to drive very slowly usually until passing lane shows up,
where we had to accelerate pushing pedal in full. However, there were 3
lanes many places now and we could drive in full speed. Therefore, there was
not many cars driving on the highway. Well, road was wide, not too many
cars, the car was new car quietly accelerating well.... If I accelerate
little, the car was running at 80-85 MPH easily at the speed limit of
65MPH!!! Many times, I didn't realize the car was running at 95 MPH, or even
faster than 100 MPH frequently, as the car was running so quietly without
much engine noise. Therefore, I could drive this mountain road quite faster
arriving destination much earlier. Since this is mountain road without
village around with not too many cars driving, it seems there is no police
car patrolling around and, fortunately, I didn't get any ticket.!! hi hi
result, we left home about 50 min. later than plan but arrived only 5 min.
late to Grants Pass where we went 1st. class restaurant in this mountains "Taprock"
as usual for the great dinner.
On the 2nd. day of 9/26, we usually went to
ex-HM1CC (former HM1CC ) Cho YL's(Young Lady's) house in Whidbey Island
taking ferry from Seattle. However, this time, Cho YL went a trip and was
not at home. Therefore, we stopped at Tacoma city, south of Seattle where we
arrived very early at 3:00 PM as we don't need to take ferry to Whidbey
Island and could take a good rest for the day.
제3일째인 9/27에 이 Rent Car가 또 큰 말썽을 부렸읍니다. 원래의 계획은 이날 Tacoma를 08:00 AM에 떠나면
Canada의 국경선 과는 140 마일 정도 밖에 안되니까, 2시간이면 갈테고, 국경선의 이민국에 얼마나 많은 차들이 늘어서 있느냐?에
따라 30분 내지 최고 한시간이 걸려도 12시전에는 Vancouver의 Avis office에 도착할테고, 거기서 VA7YM 민충기
OM을 12시에 만나기로 약속을 햬서, Rent Car를 반환하고, 짐을 민 OM차에 옮겨실은후에 함께 어디가서 점심을 함께하고,
민OM이 우리를 오후 4시에 출발예정인 Holland America Line의 Cruise가 있는 부두까지 대려다주려면 충분한 시간이
있을것으로 계획을 짰었읍니다.
However, this wonderful Avis rent car has caused another serious problem on
the 3rd. day of 9/27 in Vancouver. Original plan was to leave Tacoma at
08:00 AM, arrive Immigration Office at U.S.A./Canada border line 2 hours
later at the latest by 10:00 AM as it is only 140 miles away. It is
uncertain how long it would take to pass the Immigration Office usually as
it depends how many cars are lined up there waiting. Assuming it will take
one hour at most, we will be at Avis Vancouver location to return the car by
noon at the latest, most likely earlier. I was going to meet VA7YM Min OM
(Old Man. not by age. Mr.) there at 12:00 noon, return the car, move luggage
to his car, have lunch together and go to pier for Holland America Line
cruise ship by 2:00 PM which will depart the pier at 4:00 PM. I thought I
had plenty of time allowance to this plan.
Tacoma호텔에서는 08:00 AM 정시에 떠났는데, Seattle을 북으로 종단하려니까, Seattle의 출근길 Traffic에
막혀, Seattle종단에 30분정도 예정한것이 한시간 반이 걸려 국경선에 도착하니까 11:00 AM이 다되어 한시간이 지연 되었읍니다.
그러나 다행이 이민국에 차가 거이 없어 10분도 안걸려서 이민국을 통과하여 Canada에 들어갈수 있어서, Seattle에서 낭비한
한시간을 이민국에서 회복할수 있었읍니다. 그래서 이민국을 통과 하자마자 불확실한 예정이 없어졌기에 민OM에게 전화를 하고 이민국을
통과했으니 12시 조금전에 Avis office에 도착하겠다고 했드니, 민OM이 곧 집에서 떠나 자기도 Avis에 조금 일찍이 도착하도록
하겠다고 약속을 했읍니다.
we left Tacoma on time at 08:00 AM according to the plan. However, it was
the terrible morning rush hour of Seattle, took one and half an hour just to
cross the Seattle from south to north and arrived the Immigration Office at
almost 10:00 AM, more than 1.5 hours later. Fortunately, there was no car
waiting and we could cross the border in just 10 min. saving quite a time we
wasted in Seattle. Since uncertainty is over, I called Min OM over the phone
and told him we will arrive Avis little earlier than 12:00 noon perhaps. Min
OM told me he will leave home immediately to arrive Avis little earlier
좋았는데, 문제는 Avis office가 Vancouver시 중심부의 한가운데에 있어, 주변이 이루 말할할수 없이 복잡하여, 민OM
말에 의하면 뉴욕의 맨핫탄이나 서울의 명동 같다고 하는데, Avis Office는 조그만한 사무실로 간판도 잘 안보이고, 더구나
Return Car가 어디로 가야하는지? 표시도 제대로 안되어 있어, 바로 앞을 지나면서도 그대로 통과할수 밖에 없었고, 그후에는
일방통행에 계속되는 좌회전 금지에....... 빙빙돌아 그자리에 다시 돌아오는데에 거이 한시간이 걸렸읍니다. 그동안에 민OM은 이미와서
한시간을 길가에서 기다리고...... 어쨌든 Rent Car하나 봔환하는데에 이렇게 고생해보기는 처음이었읍니다. 결국 12시 예정이
오후1시나 돠어 겨우 길가에서 기다리든 민OM의 안내로 가까스로 차를 반환하고, 이제 한동안 한국음식을 못먹을거라고 한국식당을 찾아
나섰는데, 민OM도 이 도심에는 1년에 한두번 밖에 안온다면서 삐긋 한곳에서 길을 잘못들어, 거기서 한국식당을 가려면 너무 시간이
걸릴것 같아, 길가에 눈에 뜨이는 Denny's 간이식당에 들어가서 점심을 먹었읍니다. 원래는 내가 수고하는 민OM에게 제대로
점심대접이라도 할려고 했는데, 결국 싸구려 점심으로 대체되었고, 민OM에게는 정말 신세만 많이지고, 대단히 미안하게 되었읍니다.. 이래서
2:00 PM 조금지나 부두에 가서 가까스로 Cruise에 늦지 않게 도착했읍니다. 오늘 하루 우리 때문에 정말 수고가 많으셨든 민
OM에게 대단히 미안했고, 마음속으로부터 깊은 감사를 드립니다. 민OM아니었으면 과연 제대로 배를 탈수 있었을런지? 정말 의심스러운
OK by this time. However, the problem was the Avis located in the middle of
very crowded downtown of Vancouver. The Avis office was so small and the
sign was hard to find. Besides, the entrance to return the car was not
clearly marked through the entrance of a hotel at very next door. I have
missed the entrance and passed it. Thereafter, it was continuous one way
with every intersection with "NO LEFT TURN". It took another hour just to
return to Avis office back where Min OM has arrived one hour earlier waiting
for me. By his help, I could finally return the car, moved our luggage to
his car and went for lunch after 1:00 PM, more than an hour later than plan.
Because there was no enough time, we went to Denny's as we found at the
street, had simple lunch and could arrive to the pier where our cruise ship
is, by 2:00 PM barely. I don't know how possibly we could get to the pier on
time without Min OM's help. I really appreciate his great help in Vancouver.
We might even have missed the cruise without him. Many many many thanks Min