#34 – December 6, 2018

#34 – December 6, 2018 20-years-ago today I was in Calgary, Alberta.  The good news is, we now have fewer than 50 road days left to complete. The bad news is – it’s minus 28 – and the Rocky Mountains are straight ahead. In the past few days I’ve become aware that I am not…

#33 – November 29, 2018

20-years-ago today I was in Brooks, Alberta, a quiet little town of about fifteen-thousand people, in southeast Alberta. Brooks is where I started to feel that the Prairies would soon be coming to an end. Ever since leaving Winnipeg, the Trans-Canada has been a ribbon of highway that runs pretty much straight across Manitoba and…

#32 – November 22, 2018

This day was bound to come. I didn’t know when. This is the story of my toughest day on the road. 20-years-ago today I was west of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. It was freezing cold and the Prairie wind was blowing. It wasn’t the wind that was on my mind. It was my son. As you…

# 31 – November 15, 2018

  20-years-ago today I was in Chaplin, Saskatchewan, about 150 kilometres west of Regina. Out on the Trans-Canada Highway the wind is now a constant problem. The temperature has dipped to below minus 20 and I am wearing the balaclava that I haven’t worn since Day 1 in Newfoundland. We are a little over 600…

# 30 – November 8, 2018

20-years-ago today I was in Regina, Saskatchewan. We were in province number eight. The Trans-Canada Highway took me through a lot of little places I had never heard of before. I only have recent statistics to go by, so you’ll just have to imagine how small these places were  back in 1998. Fleming, Saskatchewan, population…

#29 – November 1, 2018

20-years-ago today I was in Virden, Manitoba, almost 300 kilometres west of Winnipeg.  The daily routine on the Trans-Canada Highway, which starts each morning with a 360-degree look to the horizon, is very repetitious. We have moved our start time on the road back a half hour to 8:00 a.m. to take advantage of the…

#28 – October 25, 2018

20-years-ago today I was in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. I have now been on the road for seven months and we are well into province number seven. There are grey clouds on the horizon. Winter is not that far away. If you have been following along with these weekly postings, you might recall that I…

#27 – October 17, 2018

20-years-ago today I was in Hadashville, Manitoba, having crossed the Ontario-Manitoba border a couple of days earlier. We are now in province number seven. When we left Kenora a couple of days ago, I passed the giant billboard showcasing Husky the Musky. In the 53 kilometres of Trans-Canada Highway from Kenora to the Manitoba border…

#26 – October 10, 2018

20-years-ago today I passed through the little town of Vermillion Bay, between Dryden and Kenora. I say ‘passed through’ because in the past few days there has been little to look at other than the highway, logging trucks and lot of trees and rock. Passing through Dryden, I remembered the solid writing that the London…

#25 – October 4, 2018

20-years-ago today I was in Upsala, Ontario, 142 kilometres west of Thunder Bay. Upsala, which came into being in 1882 is another of those little towns that was an important fuel and water stop for trains travelling the newly constructed Canadian Pacific Railway system. The town was named after Uppsala, Sweden, reflecting the Scandinavian and…