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Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Border Crossing And South Into North Dakota

An early take-off from Saskatoon got me down to Portal and the border crossing which had been totally redone and changed after I had been there last year. The flow of traffic through the station is now organized in the form of an S-curve, probably to prevent some people from running through the border without stopping.
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Fall colours are now great in this north-western part of the country.
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Another 2 1/2 hrs into North Dakota and I arrived at our friend’s place. A wonderful supper was waiting and afterwards we went visiting more friends.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Very Efficient Day And Off I Went Again

After 12 hrs. of sleep in that Class C I came to myself again and I knew I needed a coffee. So I quickly drove over to the next Mc D and ordered a blueberry muffin to go with it. Then it was time to continue the drive over to the glass place where I waited the better part of 2 hours until my windshield was done up. And I love to look through it without all the cracks and little damages the old one had. I paid $245 including a pair of new wipers and that is a STEAL in Canada where other companies charge you up to $400 for the same item. From there I drove over to the next CAA-office. I needed a new sticker on my license plate. When I presented my insurance card from New Brunswick it raised eyebrows to begin with. But the card was issued by the CAA Ontario so after some discussions it was accepted. usually it needs to be issued by an Alberta Company but mine said “INTERPROVINCIAL” and that made all the difference. I paid 65 Dollars for the registration for 1 year and went out the door. I was all done in Edmonton now and ready to return to Saskatoon.
While the weather was overcast in Alberta, I was met with clear skies and sunshine over Saskatchewan. In Lloydminster I had myself a slice of pizza from a 7-Eleven and reached the city shortly before 6pm. My friend was already waiting for me and dinner was ready.

All in all it was a great day with all errands done very efficiently.
Tomorrow I will be crossing the border and visit friends we met years ago in Holtville,CA.

Until then thanks for dropping by.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Back In The Big City

The traffic was haunting. It was extremely slow going when I rolled on Hwy 16 into the city. This place is choking on its own traffic. Because of the economic slow-down I might have expected less traffic, but the city was bustling of life. Good so…for the people trying to live here. Not so good for me as I was stuck in traffic. I had left Saskatoon around 10:30am and the driving time is around 5 hrs. – without the big traffic volume. And if that wasn’t enough slowing traffic I managed to arrive at a railroad crossing just when one of the megalomaniac long goods trains was slowly going across the street. I waited unbelievably 30 minutes for the train to pass.
But finally even this obstacle was behind me.

My van was in need of a thorough cleaning inside and out, but now it’s presentable again.
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Finally I called the young man who owns the Ford Focus, and he came and picked up his car. Man, was this guy happy. He had just saved $1500 Bucks for a hired car transport!. I like to help people with things and his happy face was a good reward for me.
Tomorrow I have an appointment with the “Windshield Surgeon” who is gonna replace my broken windshield. And now it’s time to go to bed.
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For the night I have the use of a Class C motor home.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Oh Canada! You Gotta Love Those Empty Highways

Started out bright and early from Moorhead. After one mile I crossed into North Dakota.

From there on I really was out on the prairies. No more trees but plenty of agriculture spread out endlessly on both sides of the highway.
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After running into some dark clouds it started to rain for a while. Then it stayed cloudy until I almost reached Minot,ND. Crossing into Canada at Portal was a breeze and by now there was not a cloud in the sky. Another 5 hours of driving brought me up to Saskatoon where I am visiting with an old friend of ours.
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Again I did 11hrs. of driving and 675miles again. Tomorrow will just be a walk in the park since it is only 6 more hours to Edmonton,AB. 

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