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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Travel Advisory

 

I will be a little scarce around here for the next week or so. 

I have to drive to the middle of Canada with my son in order to repair and retrieve a vehicle.

So, I'm looking at about 2000 miles up, some repair work in the middle of Saskatchewan -- which we can hopefully complete ourselves (we're bringing parts and tools) and not have to haul the vehicle to a shop. And then 2000 miles back.  

We're going to be moving right along, hoping to beat the winter weather, so no stopping to smooze with readers unfortunately. 

I'm hauling along my cameras and other kit, hoping maybe I'll get a some photography opportunities. I'll try to post from the road, maybe a few pictures, but no promises. 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go get a COVID test and get moving. 

See you on the road. 




134 comments:

  1. Sounds like a Robert Pirsig trip of enlightement. May Phaedrus bring you good cheer on your journey.

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  2. Have a safe trip, and good luck repairing the vehicle yourself!

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  3. Safe travels Jim - enjoy 🇨🇦

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  4. Stay safe.
    Don't over do it on the poutine.

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  5. Safe travels to you and your son. Wishing you a successful trip, Jim!

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  6. Saskatchewan Prong horn Antelope. Middle of Saskatchewan something tells me it around Saskatoon.If I'm correct you should get a pic of you in front of the "STONE FRIGATE" the HMCS UNICORN home of the Navel Reserve unit during WW2 3,500 Navel officers and enlisted were trained there. If not then enjoy the views you can see Alaska from the middle of Saskatchewan , heck you can see everywhere from there it is flat.

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  7. That's a lot. Take care of you and yours, and don't worry about us. Pictures are a bonus, but not expected.

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  8. Safe travels and productive adventures

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  9. Have a good trip.

    I have visions of remote logging roads, wild country, and an old troop transport being claimed by the forest.

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  10. Safe travels, Jim.

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  11. Godspeed, safe travels, and good luck with the repairs!

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  12. Safe travels and if you need a place to rest on your way through St. Louis, yell.

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  13. All the best with the repairs. Take care out there.

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  14. Drive carefully. We'll be here when you get back.

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  15. Safe travels and good luck with the repairs.

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  16. Be well. Family first. Always. We'll miss your insight and snarky interactions, but will survive in the interim. Safe travels

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  17. Safe travels Jim!

    I drove through southern Saskatchewan once, on a trip with my Dad from NH to Homer AK. I remember being amazed at how incredibly flat it was.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/oik32LcKYKJ4DvyJ6

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  18. Hope you have a safe and fruitful journey.

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  19. Safe travels Chief. See you on the flip side.

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  20. You will be missed, but best of luck!

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  21. Saskatchewan!
    Can't help but think about Corner Gas.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a44JX4wdC8

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  22. Be safe and enjoy the trip as much as possible.

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  23. Well, when you end up in the middle of Saskatchewan, email me if you need any recommendations for places, a cup of coffee delivered while you work, etc!

    I hope you get across the border ok. Safe travels.

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  24. Hope all goes smoothly. Safe travels. Good luck with the repairs.

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  25. Please have a safe trip and enjoy the time away from FB/Twitter.

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  26. precious and irreplaceable time with your son, lucky you. Safe travels.

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  27. Be safe, Jim. And as the Vulcans say,

    may your journey be without incident.

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  28. Possibly way off the mark here, no offense meant, but, referencing the vehicle, “They shoot horses don’t they?” 🤣

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  29. Safe journey! (Mind the Premier of Sakatchewan... he's kind of a .)

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  30. Safe travels. Enjoy the time with your son and I hope the repairs are successful.

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  31. Take pictures (as if you wouldn't!).

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  32. Sounds like a heck of an adventure! Hope it goes well.

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  33. May your repairs be successful, may you both stay safe on your travels.

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  34. A test when you get home is probably going to be more important. Our provincial government has profoundly botched their pandemic response (much like Florida, more like Texas) and the place is a writhing pit of viruses.

    On the up side, we've been getting some pretty amazing auroras lately.

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  35. Have receipts for those parts and be prepared to possibly pay GST on them.

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  36. I hope you get some great color viewing in. Safe travels!

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  37. You with a camera in Canada is going to be fantastic. Safe travels.

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  38. May your views be spectacular and your repairs be simple!

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  39. Keep your eye out for migratory birds! Maybe you can catch a few photos. Safe travels!

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  40. Maybe you can ge some great migratory bird shots. Of course most of ‘em end up passing through FL anyway, so maybe nothing new to you. Safe travels!!

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  41. Saskatchewan is a covid hot bed, so tke care while you re there. Have a good trip.

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  42. Safe travels - tried to post that I could offer you a meal or treat in Faribault MN on I-35 - but didn't include contact info. darcie.boschee at gmail.com - please don't post that publicly, thanks.

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  43. There's nothing like a road trip with a grown kid. Enjoy your time together. Safe travels!

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  44. Safe travels and good luck on your repairs.

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  45. That vehicle should thank you. Maybe your vehicle will cuss it out for having to drive so far just to rescue it. Unless the damaged vehicle is a space ship. Then there'd be a language barrier.

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  46. I concur, safe travels, and enjoy the trip with your son, I'm betting this is a rare treat, and the really important thing about it....have a wonderful time, it's been a few years since I went on a road trip, and I always loved them ....

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  47. Yes, safe travels as you traverse Trumpland...

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  48. Safe travels and good luck with the repairs!

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  49. Sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime, repairs notwithstanding. Hope the two of you will have some good times together.

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  50. SAfe travels,
    and may the vehicle be less trouble than you anticipate ... <3

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  51. Best of luck with the vehicle repairs. Looking forward to some interesting road pix. Safe travels.

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  52. I just KNEW this was what was up! Because I've had to do the same thing. Not as far as Saskatchewan (I've driven through there tho'), but in the Rockies, or a few states away. Fair winds, sir! I'd warn you about those "seasonal" gas stations, but you already know all about them.

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  53. Not vaccinated or does Canada require the test regardless ?

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  54. If you are going to be anywhere near St. Louis, MO during daylight hours you should try to spend a little time at Missouri Botanical gardens. Photographer's paradise.

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  55. Safe travels...

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  56. Goud luck with the vehicle repairs and we'll look forward to whatever photos you share upon your return.

    Safe travels.

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  57. Thanks for the update Jim. I hope all goes well for you and your son.

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  58. Wishing you safe and uneventful travel. And some fine time alone on the road. You've been cooped up for a while.

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    1. I was just thinking after 18 months in the bunker, you're overdue for an airing out

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  59. I hope your trip goes smoothly, the vehicle repairs even more smoothly, that the winter weather stays away and that you get the time to have some fun photographing whatever gets your interest.

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  60. Breathe deeply when you get there...enjoy the vista.

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  61. Safe travels. You may get some good Northern Light shots! Good luck with the whole adventure!

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  62. Good luck! When you mentioned needing to take a part on Twitter I immediately thought "Good dad, helping his son!" My dad did such things although he never had to travel 2000 miles one way to do so. But I imagine he would have if he needed to. I miss that man. Glad you're there for for loved ones.

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  63. I hope the vehicle is a 1970 Chevelle four barrel! Travel well, road warriors.

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  64. It's going to chilly. Signed, an ex pat Canadian living in Mexico.

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  65. Four Winds and safe travels, Jim. Hope everything goes smoothly with the trip and the vehicle.

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  66. If you don't know them already, better learn the words to "Oh, Canada!" Helps with border crossings, according to That 70s Show.

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  67. Safe travels, and good luck with your repair efforts!

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  68. Good luck with the weather, and I hope that you have an enclosed space to work in. I've done some outside work in the general area (Manitoba instead of Saskatchewan) this time of the year, and if stuff's coming down out of the Arctic it is no fun to be working with tools outside.

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  69. Travel well and safe. Road trips with wrenches can make for epic memories.

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  70. Travel safe. Hope your mission is successful! Will await your next entry on this blog

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  71. Hey Jim, if you need some assistance while in Saskatchewan, depending on where your son broke down, I'm in Regina and willing to help out. dthelen(at)ssiwi(dot)com

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  72. I believe there's a Colorado low pressure system in your way, you might need snow tires.

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  73. There may be some snow or rain tonight in the Saskatoon area (middle SK) and Thursday but Friday and toward the weekend 50s, 60s up to 68 and sunny! (just so you know)

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  74. Hope you have good music and good tires. Come back safe.

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  75. Fair weather and safe roads.

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  76. Keep the shiny side up Chief!

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  77. Safe travels, Jim. Hope it’s up and back without further complications. And maybe a chance for few good shots as well.

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  78. If you are in Saskatchewan or Alberta be very careful. Covid is raging through these two provinces dur to inept premiers.

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  79. Drive safely and enjoy a quality road trip with your son! :)

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  80. I'm in the middle of Saskatchewan. According to the forecast, the first bit of winter weather will pass before you get here. Fingers crossed.

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  81. Just got back from North Western Montana, is chilly in the mornings. I hope you guys get clear skies and warmer weather.

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  82. Safe journey. Extra good luck fixing a vehicle on the road.

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  83. Hey, I used to live in the middle of Saskatchewan, a hundred miles north of North Battleford. That's back and beyond the middle of nowhere. Have fun and thank God it's not February.

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  84. Hey, I used to live in the middle of Saskatchewan, a hundred miles north of North Battleford. That's back and beyond the middle of nowhere. Have fun and thank God it's not February.

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  85. Just saw where Biden relaxed border control at the Canada and Mexico borders - only requires proof of vaccination now.

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  86. Drive safely and take your time. We’ll hold the fort down for you. :-)

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  87. Saskatchewan currently has the highest Covid rate per capita in Canada. But our population is spread out so you can avoid us if need be. Hopefully the weirdness create by Covid won't affect Sask hospitality or helpfulness if you need it. If you're stuck... (we're useless at vehicle repair but do have shelter). Keep that camera ready - the aurora are really active right now. Safe travels.

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  88. Safe travels and may the vehicle repair go smoothly

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  89. Safe travels and may the vehicle repair go smoothly

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  90. Have a safe trip up and back with your son.
    Hope all goes well with the vehicle.
    Also, I hope your son spots some fishy looking water during the trip for a possible future fly fishing trip.
    Lastly, stay away from that Horny Goat Weed. The last guy who took some of that stuff ended up with 13 bastard children in Nebraska. ;-)
    Safe travels Jim.

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  91. Best of luck (skills) and safe journey for you and your son, Jim.

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  92. Hope the weather stays clement and the idiots far away from you and your son.

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  93. Now THAT's a true road trip !!

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  94. Fair winds and following....tailwinds? Be safe.

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  95. You may not be fluent in Yiddish, so I'm gonna take a chance with the airlock & tell you the word is "shmooze". (I'm also posting anonymously because witness protection has a waiting list.)

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  96. Don't forget the WD40 & duct tape, Chief. And props to all the Bastard Children offering help long the way!

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