I saw another sign that said, "Caution slide area. Do not stop." What happens when I run out of breath cautioning the slide area? Can't I stop even long enough to take in another lungful of air? It also doesn't tell me how loudly I have to caution the slide area, so I have to assume the very loudest I can and that just compounds the first problem. It worked out not so bad since Barb was with me, and we could take turns. It would have been nicer though if there were more people on the road so that someone else could take over and let us continue our trip sooner. Not everyone obeys the signs though. The next people along, although it was their turn to caution the slide area, ignored the sign and us and just drove by. My responsibility ended when they got there, though, so we got in our car again and drove on too. It's probably for the best because I heard later that area got covered in mud or something shortly after we left. Maybe it was because we stopped and the other people shirked their responsibility.
As we got closer to Whitehorse I noticed a sign that said "Whitehorse 171". Now, I know that's wrong, because the population is closer to 20,000. Later as we got even closer to Whitehorse there was another sign that said "Whitehorse 53". Is this why they had more than one sign, because people were leaving at such a great rate that in the amount of time it took to drive the rest of the way the old sign was seriously inaccurate? Surely they weren't trying to tell me people were leaving town just because I was driving to town were they? I doubt that, because if that was the case then it would be a trend repeated on other travels, and I can't imagine that happening. Finally this mystery was solved too, as I saw a third sign when we were almost home, "Whitehorse City Center 13". That must have been what the other signs were meaning as well, they were advertising their progressive rezoning efforts in the city center. After all, they want businesses in the city center, not residents, and so they were demonstrating how quickly they were moving people out of the center to make room for more businesses.
Then there were the signs repeated at frequent intervals saying, "Maximum 90". I didn't have to worry about those ones since I was driving a small car and there were only two of us in it - no way more than 90 could fit, and besides, that many passengers would only slow us down!
by: Rod Carty