Sherman has been acting up. A little bit of hesitation when accelerating at highway speeds, and misfiring a little bit. I had a good idea what the problem was. When I had fixed the exhaust leak last month, I had the four spark plug wires off that side, and one of them didn't feel quite solid when I put it back on. I thought about changing them then, but, things seemed to run fine at the time so I didn't.
However, the spark plug wires are now about 7 years old and have 50,000 miles on them. Just about due for new ones anyhow. And the ones that I had put on 7 years ago weren't top quality to begin with.
Anyhow, I figured that Sherman would make it through this drive to Ontario, and I would put new ones when we use him again next fall.
But, I guess not.
We made it to Dryden and had some breakfast, then went for a short hike to see a suspension bridge that was built in 2009.
Ruth, heading up the suspension bridge.
The big factory is a pulp and paper plant.
Ruth, on the bridge.
Nice bridge, but it ends at the other end! A bridge to nowhere!
It was built to provide a view of the rapids.
Looking at the rapids from the bridge.
From there, we went to the Canadian Tire store to see if they had a spark plug wire kit that would fit Sherman. But they didn't have it in stock, saying that it would have to be shipped from Calgary! There was a Napa store nearby, so I walked over there to check with them, but they didn't have it either. They did say that it would have to be shipped from Winnipeg, and they could have it tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
Hmm. We didn't really want to spend the night in Dryden. Plus, it would put us behind schedule.
I went and pulled off that one bad plug wire. Sure enough, the connector came off in my hand. I should have changed it at the time. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20, isn't it??
I went in with that bad plug wire to see if they could match it up with something. At least changing that one bad one would get us back on the road. Long story short, I did manage to buy a plug wire kit for a six cylinder that had the identical connectors, and Sherman got back on the road. Long story, because there was only one guy working at the Canadian Tire parts counter and the place was busy. Plus, he wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Back on the road, and stopped for a late lunch at a highway rest stop. The misfiring is gone, so Sherman is running better, but there's still a little bit of hesitation on the highway. I expect he's due for a little tune up and I'll try and buy the parts in Thunder Bay this afternoon.
Saw a highway sign advertising the airport at the town of Ignace. It was only about 3:00pm, and we had only done about 150 kms (93 miles) for the day, but my eyes were feeling a little tired and so we pulled down a short pave road about a mile to the Ignace Municipal Airport.
Sherman, parked up for the night at the Ignace Municipal Airport.
GPS 49.430007, -91.710965
Nice little terminal building, and nobody around. Looked like it hadn't been used at all for a few years. Starting to get a little overgrown in places.
Out for a walk on the runway.
I had a nap, and then we went for a walk. There was a dirt road with an old sign that said something about airplane service, and a "No trespassing" sign. But I figured that the gate was wide open, and that it had probably been there since the airport was closed down. So we walked down the road.
The road to the hangar. What do you suppose made those marks?
Think about it, then see below for the answer.
Ended up at a lake with a small seaplane base. We walked 5.4 kms (3.4 miles) roundtrip. There was a small hangar there, with probably 10 or 12 planes in total. An old guy came out and spoke to us.
There were maybe five planes of various sizes inside the hangar, and a few outside. He says that they rebuild them, and provide some charter service to fishing lakes in the north. Friendly enough fellow. Says that the main airport we were parked at was built just before the mining shut down a few years ago and hasn't been used much since.
That's a big sea plane.
Lots of cats around the hangar. This one looks comfortable.
Ruth, saying hello to the cat. This was a tiny little plane!
Ruth, out for a walk. Didn't see any bear or moose!
Nice and peaceful sleep. Once again, a small town airport makes for a great boondocking spot.
Today, we're hoping to make it through Thunder Bay (pop 110,000) and east of there to make up for yesterday's short day. Gotta get back on the road...have a great Saturday!
Yesterday's drive, 150 kms (93 miles).
The marks across the road were made by a beaver! There was a pond on either side, and this was where he (or they!) went back and forth.
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