Trainwreck turned Trainwreck




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Randy and I celebrated our anniversary on “BC Day,” a holiday unlike those celebrated south of the border. BC Day is a provincial-level holiday “focused on recognizing and celebrating the unique culture and achievements of British Columbia and providing a long weekend during the summer months for the citizens of the province to enjoy, via UCW.”

Randy held the details close to his chest, leaving the celebration too much surprise. We left Vancouver Monday morning, winding up the Sea to Sky Highway towards Whistler. The Sea to Sky is an outstanding piece of pavement for a motorcycle rider and was equally fun in the Rivian. Our first stop was the Trainwreck trailhead. Back in the 1950s, a train traveled too fast through the mountain terrain along the Cheakamus River and wrecked, leaving train cars too difficult to extract from the mountainside. In the past 70 years, nature has done her thing and pulled the mangled cars into her landscape. Humanity has added graffiti all over the old boxcars, leaving vibrant colors on the landscape.

As we parked, we met a lovely German family who was also doing the Trainwreck hike. We instantly started talking about all things Rivian. When Karsten, the father, asked about some settings on the truck, we both jumped into the front seats. At that point, the adventure was beginning to unfold. The truck wouldn’t start. After some short conversations with support, letting the truck fall into a deep sleep (30m without Bluetooth activity) might fix the issue.

Randy and I then joined their family for the hike. Randy was able to give all of us insight and background on the hike. Karsten also shared a deep love of photography, so there was plenty of conversation there. It was also fun experiencing Canada through the eyes of teenagers growing up in Europe. I am thankful for the serendipitous moment to have three countries come together on the hike.

When we returned to the truck, the Rivian still wouldn’t start. Through a series of conversations over a few hours, we theorized that the Bluetooth module was not working, which meant a back to Vancouver. Though all of us were navigating new waters, Rivian was good to us throughout the process. We met Cooper of Cooper’s Towing, who went above and beyond to get us out of the trailhead, back to the hotel, and advised us to work with Rivian on getting the truck back to Vancouver.

Quick, fast forward – Once the truck returned to Vancouver, Rivian quickly fed us in, swapped the Bluetooth hardware, and we were back in business!

As we met various people during our adventure with the truck, one thing became clear: always bring the NFC credit card key. It uses a different mechanism to authorize the car to start. Bluetooth isn’t perfect, and many other drivers of various vehicles shared their version of the same story.


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