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Been a little slow to update.  Going back 2 days of memory is more difficult than I thought.  The drive from Whitehorse to Fort Nelson was uneventful, with not much to share (based on memory)  Our stay in Fort Nelson was interesting.  The hotel, was the same as my trip North, and given it was Sunday the bar next door was closed.  There was also a new front desk person, and I’m a little sad I didn’t get to say hello to Gogeet (sp) again.  Navigating the silly service roads that were as big as the main road at night, and everything covered in snow was a little challenging, for me at least.  We stopped in at a small pub that was opened, and watched the final of the Women’s Master curling championship over a pint.  Back to the room, and began dumping the days files.

Yesterday was the 2nd half of the Yukon and into BC.  It’s funny how nothing looked the same, either based on direction, new snow, or having to slow down a bit from the snow.  The day was FULL of animals. (images in a bit)  A rough recap would be 30+ buffalo or bison, 3 different heard of reindeer, a wolf/coyote (not sure) and more lying “Caution Moose” signs than we could get pictures of since there weren’t any real ones to see.  Toad River was prolly 3x what I remember in size, and thrice as beautiful.

Begin road drama:
The night before my tire pressure light came on, and we tossed some air in it, and reset the sensor.  a couple hours into the next day it popped on again.  We stopped at ~5 gas stations that didn’t offer air.  Fine, proceed to Fort St. Johns, bit low, but we were just killing time at the smaller places.  We pull into a small tire shop, and realized just how low the tire was.  We ask the Worker there, what his availability was, as I was just going pay to have it swapped off.  He said it would be a wait as he had 2 jobs in front of us.  We asked if they minded if we made the swap in their parking lot, and he had no issues.  It was about -12*C, and the parking lot was completely covered in snow.  We get the jack under the car, and begin lifting.  Once we were about ready to undo the lugs, the whole car began shifting ~5″ in our direction, as the jack began falling through the snow, trapping itself under the car, and road.  Two nice gentleman offered us their jack to get ours out.  We got the jack out, and I scrounged for something to put under the jack.  WOOT, a 2×2 log was found, and the tire was off.
As we continued to Fort St. Johns, the next hehBIGheh city, on a two lane, going both directions road, I see something ahead.  There are oncoming cars, and people in front and behind us.  I decide straddling the object was my best bet.  It was that, tire it (no more spares) or over a cliff.  Once I got closer to the object I can clearly see it’s a truck tow hitch sticking out of the ground.  3xCLUNK’s under the car, a F*CK out of my mouth, and Mickey audibly made a noise.  We pulled over at first chance to inspect the damage.  Shredded, torn metal hanging about 1.5″ from the ground is spotted in the back.  No visual leaking oil, and the car still felt fine.  We continue to SFJ, and stop for gas, and hit up a tire shop.  They said 30-90 minutes before we could even be looked at.  We press forward to Dawson’s Creek in hopes of better luck
Arrive Dawson’s Creek, and Mickey found a tiny little shop in town with the Googles.  We pull in, and NAPA is posted all over the building with 2 garage bay doors (Goodish sign right).  Walk inside, and begin talking to the clerk who tells us that body shop is a different entity to them.  Cross doors into the car bays, and it looks like a gas station body shop.  This Canadian Cooter looking old man puts the car on the lift, and the 3 of us start looking at the under side.  Torn heat shield over the muffler, that he bangs into place with a little ol 2lbs hammer.  There is more shielding along the side of my upgraded straight pipe, passed the downpipe.  Looks pretty nasty, but nothing to worry about with functionality of the vehicle.  The skid plate (mount under the downpipe) of 3/4″ forged aluminum, had a nice, almost finger sized hole punch clean taken out of it.  OOF.. still mostly cosmetic if you will, and nothing to affect the car.  Exhaust 100% intact, and I nearly cry from the stress of the unknown, and relief from the news.  Tipped the guy, and we’re on our way.  Just outside of town the road clears enough to actually see it for the first time in days, peddle down!
Alberta was a BALMY 0*C , also the first time in 9 or so days I’d seen warmer temps.  Yes, this now feels down right comfortable at this point.

Posted on November 3rd 2015 in Posts

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