Rita and Roger’s Modo Roadtrip
Modo member Roger organized a special roadtrip for his mother’s visit to Victoria including a different Modo vehicle for each trip!
Mom’s visit to Victoria from the prairies
What could be better than visiting Victoria and experiencing the lush greens of the trees and the bright colours of the flowers at the greenest time of the year? Even better – to have that visit during what ended up being the first full week of sunny and rain-free weather that Victoria had seen for many, many months. And even better yet – being toured around town and south Vancouver Island in a different car every day of your visit – just because you could – and so you could show off the pictures to the folks back home on the prairies.
When my mother Rita accepted an invitation to fly to Victoria from her home in rural Alberta (near Edmonton) to visit me in May, the first thing I did after booking the flights was to book Modo cars for a few of the days that she would be in Victoria. I booked a car to and from the airport right away, and later as our plans for touring the area were firmed up I booked cars for time slots on some of the other days she would be in town.
I decided it would be fun to tour around in as many different Modo cars as we could while she was in town. I kept a couple of days open, without a car pre-booked, so that we’d have some flexibility for rest days or rainy weather. The sun kept on shining so we booked cars for the remaining days and drove around this green piece of paradise every day of her visit. By the end
of her six day visit we had toured around in six different cars. The same ‘airport car’ (white Honda Fit) was used for Mom’s arrival and departure, while on a couple of days we used two different cars on the same day – just because we could – and
because we thought it would be fun. And it was.
From the airport car, to the going to church on Sunday and trip to the windy west coast of the island car (blue Nissan Versa).
To the ‘Butchart Gardens car’ (blue Toyota Prius), that we used to to explore the Saanich Peninsula and then onto Butchart Gardens. To the drive to the fish market in the red Toyota Prius for fresh prawns for dinner.
And then the yellow Fiat 500 convertible for the second prawn-run a couple of days later (fresh home-cooked prawn dinners have a way of becoming habit-forming). We also drove the Fiat 500 to Beacon Hill Park petting zoo to see the ‘goat stampede’ and then we drove along the ocean on Dallas Road. She thought it was a pretty cool car.
Finally, to the white Kia Soul that brought us to a delicious dinner in China Town for Mom’s last day in Victoria. ** No photo taken – tour guide/chauffeur/photographer was too tired by this point.
Of the six different Modo cars we toured around in during Mom’s visit, her favourite was the white Honda Fit – for the significance of it being the car used to pick her up and drop her off at the Victoria Airport. A close second was the red Toyota Prius – for its colour … and for its location downtown. It was a welcome sight for my Mom when her feet got sore after walking and shopping downtown and we were on our way to pick up our ‘downtown’ car. I kept assuring her we were almost there. And when she again asked me “how much further before we get to our car”, I could happily point to the ‘red car’ parked at the end of the block. We got into the ‘red car’ with a sigh of relief. – Roger Tailleur