The day began at a much more reasonable hour...6.30 for a 7.15 start.
We had a lovely stay at the Hamilton Inn in Kamloops a hotel run by the Hilton group.
There was great excitement as we got ready to board and found out we were going to have the longest Rocky Mountaineer train that anyone could ever remember...44 carriages in all!!
One train that had travelled up to the mountains was joined onto the two trains full of passengers of which there were about 400!! It needed 4 engines to pull it all the way to Vancouver. We were treated to some great photos of the train almost full length as we rounded some of the bends and travelled through some of the tunnels.
Our hosts on car J06 were amazing...we didn't want for anything. The food on board the train was worthy of any 5star restaurant with wine to match.
We had a half hour delay along the track as an unwell passenger and her husband were off loaded into an ambulance and taken to one of the local hospitals...fortunately it was not one of our group.
We continued to follow the Thompson River until it joined with the Fraser River. The scenery changed dramatically throughout the day as we travelled down to Vancouver...enjoy the pictures.
The train has definitely been one of the highlights of our trip!
However the day was not finished yet...we arrived at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel about 6pm and called our friends Audrey and Steve as we had arranged to meet up for dinner. We were very surprised to find out that they were downstairs in the lobby bar with Ashley and Johno waiting for us to arrive! A quick freshen up and we raced down to spend a wonderful evening full of laughs and great conversation with some very special people. We are very lucky to have such fantastic friends...thanks guys...we will miss you!