Road construction 24-7. Seriously?!?
Posted Aug 25, 2016
As a Manitoban who is unfamiliar with Edmonton, I arrived very late after a very long one-day drive and subsequently spent two hours trying to find my way into the city in the dark, amidst a vast network of new road construction complete with next-to-no signage. Pylons are my new worst enemy. Random assortment of ever-changing speed limits, which most drivers seemed to ignore anyway. Eventually, a very kind citizen at a gas station offered to have me follow them to my hotel, which turned out to be halfway across the city, thirty minutes away. Thanks, Giovanni!!! And yes, I will be getting a new smart phone and data plan very soon. When I arrived, I was greeted at the counter by my first name. Clearly, at 11:59 p.m., I was the last one to check in that day, so I was easy to identify. My room was comfortable and I was exhausted. However, the last stop had to be the vendor across the street. Imagine, an entire refrigerated building housing more types of beer than I had ever seen in my life! And that's saying a lot. The next day, shopping was close, and I was able to navigate very well through the numbered system of streets and avenues. Last stop IKEA to buy a sofa bed for my son's new apartment. Overall, Edmonton is a very busy, very beautiful city with extremely friendly people. Well worth the effort to navigate over the Great Barrier Reef they call Anthony Henday Drive!