This is the thread for the 2008 edition of the Canadian Supertrip. I have been bogged down with school lately, so I apologize for the delay in getting this going. This post will be modified many times, and some things will be quite similar to the Cross-Country Supertrip thread
The trip will be built in this thread, and we might have an actual website going also this year. Three branches make up the Supertrip; one from Eastern BC, one from Western BC, and one from Vancouver Island. These three routes merge progressively, with the convoy arriving in Seattle on Thursday, August 28th.
I had no idea how the Supertrip would turn out last year, but once we all packed into that Gamestop, I saw just how many people had come together for this adventure. Mainly, I want to really strengthen the idea of a caravan like the Cross-Country Supertrip-- their convoy is quite impressive, and I think we certainly had something to show for ourselves last year. I want to keep it tighter as a group this year, and maybe have a get-together once we've arrived in Seattle.
I'm always available for questions, and I'm easy to contact through forum PM, e-mail at jaymitchell (at) gmail.com, or you can find me in the PAX IRC channel: #paforums_pax on irc.slashnet.org. I'll respond as soon as I can, and with whatever information I can offer.
If you're interested in joining the trip, post here!
What It Is
How It Works
The Canadian SuperTrip is the northern cousin to the Cross-Country SuperTrip
. Every year, thousands of nerds and our kin flock to the Puget Sound region, in attendance of the Penny Arcade Expo. After three years of unorganized swarms heading south across the border, it was decided to form this Canuck Caravan. Where the CCST takes one primary route, our smaller region more easily lets us work with a combination of routes.
Our eastern route essentially begins in Kamloops B.C., with everyone from eastern British Columbia and Alberta heading southward together. Those from Alberta and beyond are entirely welcome, so please contact me or post in this thread if you're from the east. From Kamloops, this route leads down the scenic Coquihalla Highway, taking a break in Abbotsford-- the last Canadian stop on this leg of the journey before crossing the American border into Sumas. From Sumas, the group heads south through Bellingham, getting on the I-5 until the rendezvous point just south of the city.
The western routes begin in Victoria and Vancouver, respectively. Attendees from the Greater Vancouver area will meet up in the city, where they will head south through Richmond to White Rock and enter the United States through the Pacific Highway crossing at Blaine, WA. From Blaine, this group will head south on the I-5 until the rendezvous point just south of Bellingham.
Participating groups from Vancouver Island take the WA Ferries sailing from Sidney, BC to Anacortes, WA, where they head inland eastward to the meeting point in Burlington-Mt. Vernon, WA. This fully-merged convoy will head south to Seattle, for the glorious weekend in the Capitol City of Arcadia.
I hope you will join us on this quest. In the words of Moe_Fwacky: "Onward, forward and so forth!
The Canadian SuperTrip, or CST, is divided by stops known as Waypoints. A waypoint is our official stop to meet up with other Supertrippers along the route. Most waypoints are located where gas, snacks and washrooms are nearby. Each waypoint is allotted some time for members to get out and stretch their legs, giving everyone a short break. Supertrippers fall into two groups, Drivers and Passengers. Passengers, you are responsible for finding a ride and making your way to the waypoints. Payment comes in the form of your share of gas. Specifics can be arranged with the driver of your vehicle. We drive together in a caravan, keeping the group together between waypoints. The longer the line of cars, the more impressive this whole effort becomes.
If you want to be added to our list of participants, post here or contact b0wser to be added to the list. Use the following format for sending information.
This is the group's go-to guy, usually the most active person on the forums/internet. This person's main responsibility lies in relaying status updates between their group and the CST. This person is also responsible for getting their group together to depart from their location.
City, State/Province where you live
Our pre-selected stopping points on the route, pick the one closest to your location. This is where you will be joining the group.
Year, Make, Model
This includes your confirmed passengers
Number of unconfirmed riders not listed here.
Seats still available in your vehicle.
Your e-mail address, in addition you can add your MSN. One cell phone contact is required for each group.
What You'll Need
Frequently Asked Questions
A Working Vehicle - This is a fairly long trip, and we don't want to scrape your steaming wreckage off the side of the road, so do basic maintenance before you go, meaning: change engine oil, check air filter, top off engine coolant and washer fluid. Check road and spare tire pressures and tread wear and bring extra oil, coolant, fluids (brake, power steering, anything that ends in "fluid") to top off on the road with.
A spare set of car keys- you never know when you'll lock yourself out, so try to have an extra key if possible!
A Cell Phone - You or one of your riders will need to be carrying a phone. Cell coverage should be adequate along our routes, so a radio should not be required.
The CST Phone Directory - This is a full contact list of people on the SuperTrip. It will be e-mailed to you shortly before departure, this may happen a couple of times.
ALL POSSIBLE LEGAL IDENTIFICATION
- Canadians are not required to have a valid Canadian Passport to cross the border into the United States until June 1, 2009. You do not require a passport if you have acceptible identification as defined on this page
from the Canadian Consulate General office. Along with your passport, try to bring all other pertinent identification such as your driver's licence/government identification card, Social Insurance Card and your CardCard/medical coverage card. If you are under the age of 18, it is also highly recommended that you bring a Permission to Travel letter from your parent(s)/guardian. The border guards are known to often have a large attitude problem if you're underage and you don't have one. All proper identification is required for minors.
A Gallon Jug of Water - Good for you or your car. Other drinkables are good, but can't go in your car.
Non-perishable snackables - Food for the road, beef jerky is a good mainstay along with trail mixes and anything else you might like. Stay away from ideas like a cooler filled with sandwich fixin's. It may sound like a cool idea, but takes up way too much space and is very impractical.
Q: Why bother? If I'm in the Lower Mainland, why not just drive myself?
A: Because it's just not cool to act like an ogre. We had a good turnout last year, and despite some slight miscalculations in timing, I think everyone had a decent time. Besides, it's a whole bunch of Canadians-- and we'll all probably be around for the partying at some point.
Q: How much for a seat if I have no car but want to come along?
A: That depends on the vehicle and how gas is being divided up, contact drivers who have space available to work out an arrangement.
Q: When must I join by?
A: Groups need to be properly identified and confirmed their place in the trip by August 1st. The CCST went with July 1, but our shorter distance lets us work with that extra month. It would be nice to sort out all of the people who need rides, and leaving that until the week before PAX is a terrible idea. If a group decides they want to join after August 1st, they must make sure they're at the appropriate waypoint to make the linkup. Posting here will also still be a great idea, because we'll have an idea that someone is trying to make it.
Q: How can I help make this baby happen?
A: Number One thing anybody can do to help make this happen is word of mouth, point them here, to the official Penny Arcade Expo website and to the forum thread. Participate in the thread, or come loiter in the #paforums_pax channel on irc.slashnet.org
Q: Did the thread/website just up and die or what?
A: Our website hasn't been put together yet, but we've had an offer to have one built. The information in the thread will always be the same as on the website, when it's up and running.
Q: What hotel should I stay at?
A: This is up to you. There are three choices currently on offer, and it is highly encouraged that you book at one of the official hotels. You can pick from the Sheraton, The Grand Hyatt, or The Roosevelt. You can get more information at the
official PAX hotels page
Q: When is the Canadian Supertrip going to arrive in Seattle?
A: The afternoon of the 28th. We're not sure exactly when, but mid-afternoon to early evening should be an adequate span. We're looking to leave time available for those who join the 2008 Pre-PAX Dinner, which has not yet been scheduled.