Along the Coquihalla highway, there are a series of signs with the names of Shakespearean characters on them. On the way up to Kelowna, I was all “I’m *totally* going to take photos of those on the way back and post them on my blog because they are awesome!” As it turns out, this was much easier said than done.
The first Shakespeare-related sign (when heading south on the Coq) is for Juliet – and I totally missed seeing it until it was too late to take a photo. “OK,” I said, “I’ll be prepared for the others.” I remembered that there were a bunch of non-Shakespeare signs between Juliet and the next Shakes-related one, so I dutifully waited with my camera at the ready and got a bunch of shots like this:
I think this might have been the one that said “Verona” or “Lear”1.
I did, however, manage to get a nice clear picture of this:
Thar. What the hell is Thar???
I also got a fuzzy one of a sign that says Duke:
And an even fuzzier shot of “Iago”:
Plus one with the “o” in Romeo cut off:
And one where you can see most of “Portia”:
(Look down below the more prominent “Boston Bar Creek” sign).
All was not lost, however! I got a good shot of the sign for Shylock Road:
And, as a bonus, a shot of the bridge where Shylock Road goes over the highway:
The little green sign on the bridge says “Shylock Road”, I swear!
And an OK photo of the sign for Othello Road:
You can tell I didn’t take this photo because it doesn’t suck3
Apparently, the Coquihalla is built on what used to be the Kettle Valley Railway, which included five tunnels cutting through the mountains – and these tunnels were called the Othello Tunnels. The stations along the railway were all given names from Shakespearean plays – Lear, Portia, Iago, Romeo, and Juliet – because either the engineer or the railway president – or possibly the railway president’s daughter – was a fan of old Wills.
Anyway, now I know. Which I believe, as Shakespeare once said, is half the battle.