Well here it is January 8 – 2014 and we are now just getting out of Saskatoon. Why the delay you ask?
Well first off the furnace in the house went a little flakey. I could get it to run but not reliably and you don’t want your house freezing up while you are away. This happened just before christmas and the only way to get a proper fix was to pay for an “Emergency” call or wait for the supplier to open so I could buy a $25 part. You guessed right, I waited and replaced the part myself.
Secondly, there was a sickness in the house, so we had to wait that out. It’s no fun travelling when you are sick.
Lastly, the tow vehicle decided to start leaking stuff on the driveway. So we had to wait again as the service bays was booked up until the 6th. The truck went in on Monday and after leaving a small fortune we were able to pick it up on Tuesday, yay, we get to depart on Wednesday. And it is supposed to be warmer too.
They lied. It was hovering around -30 in the morning and really never got up to the -14 that was promised until we were in North Dakota. Oh and getting through the border crossing was interesting. The border guard was a little upset when I went in the lane for “Trucks” (which meant semis) and not the one marked “Campers” which was buried under a pile of snow….my bad.
The roads weren’t that bad. Some drifting snow but south of Regina the snow had stuck in places so it was a bit slick. It was time to take it slow.
So as a synopsis, we left our driveway at 8 AM and travelled 828 KM and are spending the night in Bismarck ND. And no, we are not in a Walmart parking lot. We are in a hotel with a stupid parking lot. It is going to be interesting tomorrow when we try to leave.