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Fall colors near Denbigh, Ontario, Canada.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Crescent Beach (Vancouver), British Columbia, Canada.

Where are they going next? Bellingham, Washington.

Friday, May 25, 2018

We packed things up and decided to search for something else.

Because of the two hour time change related to our flight from Ontario back to Saskatchewan, we both woke up before 6:00am. Might as well get up and start the day! After a bit of computer time, we decided to head to Walmart and do a grocery shop while the store isn't busy.

After that, we went to a heavy truck and trailer place that advertised welding, but it was crowded for parking and I didn't want to hang around. Actually, truth be told I couldn't wait to get started on our trip to Yukon! Besides, the welding job isn't pressing, but I've been wanting to get it done for so long and keep putting it off. I'll keep my eyes open for a small town guy who hopefully can squeeze me in without waiting.

Put in $100 CAD ($78 USD) worth of gas at $1.229 per liter ($3.61 USD per gallon). That's the first time we've had to put Canadian gas in Sherman for a long time, and I forgot that $100 doesn't go very far towards filling that big tank when we're here in Canada!

Then, we hopped on highway 16 heading towards Edmonton, Alberta.

Not too far out of Saskatoon, there was a highway sign that said "Scenic View". Now, you don't get too many of those in flat Saskatchewan, so we pulled off the road to have a look at the view...

There was a signboard explaining that this is on the whooping crane migratory route.

I stood on Sherman's roof to get a better view of the valley.

And, looking the other way.

Route 16 is the northern section of the Trans Canada highway.

Old grain elevator kept in nice shape.

Ruth, happy to be back on the road!

I had checked for an overnight spot near Battleford, Saskatchewan. It was actually located at a parking area on Finlayson island separating Battleford from North Battleford. A fairly big gravel lot, with an outhouse and a few picnic tables and walking trails.

Looked like it was going to be okay, so we parked up there and had some lunch, then a short nap, then we decided to go for a walk.

Only problem was... mosquitoes!

We hadn't put any bug spray on, and they were pretty thick. I had purposely worn jeans, but Ruth had shorts on and got quite a few bites on her legs. We cut the walk short, and ended up only doing 3.4 kms (2.2 miles).

Nice cloud reflection on the North Saskatchewan River.

One bridge to the island is now for non motorized traffic only.

North Saskatchewan River.

We went back to the motorhome and played some backgammon.

There were more people around than I expected there to be. Quite a few cars came and went, and a few teenage kids in their cars hanging around. I had cleaned up quite a bit of trash in the parking area when we arrived, so I had suspicions that it might be a bit of a hangout place.

It still would have been safe enough for an overnight stay, but we were increasingly concerned that it might not be very quiet. At 5:45pm, we packed things up and decided to search for something else. It's light here until about 9:30pm now, so we still had lots of daylight to do some driving.

Heading out over the motorized traffic bridge.

Battleford, Saskatchewan hosts the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame...

Canada's Biggest Baseball Bat!

We decided to get off the four lane highway and take highway 40 west. There would be less traffic, and it's the same distance to Edmonton.

The wind was picking up, and when we got to the town of Cut Knife, we decided to check out somewhere to overnight.

Cut Knife has the world's largest tomahawk!

Nice museum, but everything was closed up.

Cut Knife also has a municipal campground, but they wanted $30 for a 30 amp site, $25 for a 20 amp site, or $15 for an unserviced site. Too much for us. We saw an empty gravel lot in town by the railway tracks and decided to park there for the night.

After we pulled in, I noticed some clouds were heading our way. It took minutes, and this storm moved in so quickly I couldn't believe it.

Yikes... those are some black clouds!

Sherman, in the town of Cut Knife, Saskatchewan.
GPS 52.74289, -109.022148

We had about an hour of steady rain and a bit of lightning and thunder, but it wasn't as bad as what it looked like it could have been. I'm sure the farmers here are happy!

On another note, I've decided to change the schedule of when we put up a new blog post. 

For quite a while now, I've been writing and posting when we get up in the morning. Normally, the blog would get posted around 9:00am our time...where ever we happen to be. But a lot of our readership is in the Eastern Time Zone and as we head west it means that they wouldn't get a new post until almost noon. 

So, for the next several months, I'm going to write the blog post in the evening, and then post it as soon as we get up in the morning. So usually, you'll be able to read about our adventures along with your morning coffee! This will actually work better for us as well, because we'll be able to get an earlier start to our driving day.


Thursday's drive, 208 kms (129 miles).

A little better perspective of where we are.

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Four pack of camping lanterns, with batteries included!


And in Canada...





25 comments:

  1. Good morning. We have been following you guys for about six months now and we are enjoying your travels. We live in Whitecourt, Alberta and we would love to meet up with you guys if you plan on staying in this area on your way through. We could even show you a couple of Boondocking places close to town. Safe travels.

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    1. Yep, we're definitely heading that way, so thanks for the invite. Maybe send us an email to karead7@gmail.com when we get to Edmonton and we'll set something up!

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  2. Love when you post maps in your blog. It gives us a better idea where you’re at that day/night. I even looked up Greg & Carol’s Whitecourt on my iPad map. It shows pictures of the area. B and I are going to enjoy this adventure. Thanks!!!!!!

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    1. Maps always give a better perspective to the reader, especially if it is in unfamiliar territory. Plus it is always a reminder to us, years down the road when we look back on the blog. :-)

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  3. Yesterday the weather report said possible thunderstorms and tornadoes in Sask.

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    1. We got the thunder storms but not the tornadoes, not sure if other parts of the province got them or not but it looks like the weather guessers we more or less right.

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  4. Enjoying my morning cup of coffee with your blog! Thanks for starting my day with your adventures. You're on your way!!

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    1. Thank you for following along on our adventures! :-)

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  5. Beautiful drive. Ruth does look happy to be on the road again. BTW going to love your new posting schedule because it's one of the first things I do...read blogs and then go about my business the rest of the day. In the evening, I check again because Tioga George post his activity throughout the day. Safe travels.

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    1. Yep, I am very happy to be back on the road again, especially knowing that it is somewhere that we have never been before. :-)

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  6. Looks like a good travel day. and a good choice to move to a quieter place for the night.
    Posting the blog at night works for me as well, I want to get out and about first thing in the morning, then do the blog after dinner.

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    1. But I'm not going to post it at night... I'm going to write it at night, and post it first thing in the morning.

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    2. That works too, you can scheduled it to post automatically early mornings before you wake up is a cool feature.

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  7. A good start to your northern adventure. Nice picture of Sherman against the stormy sky.

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  8. A friend was just through the Yukon territory and said that in some places gas is over $6 a gallon. I hope his math was wrong in coverting liters to gallons.

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    1. I would doubt it's that high, but maybe. Right now it's $1.429 CAD per liter in Whitehorse, although I'm sure it's higher outside of the city. That's about $4.25 USD per gallon.

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  9. Some of those pictures look a lot like Kansas:)

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    1. Well Kansas is part of the prairies, so it would make sense that they look sort of similar. We have only been through a small part of Kansas really and that was a while ago, so we don't remember quite how it looks.

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  10. If everything goes according to the plan, will be departing from Austin , QC on the 7 th of June. We will be following your trail up to Dawson City then we will take the Top of the World onto Alaska..... and will see where the adventure will take us. If we catch up to you, I would like to have a beer with you. The first part of the trip will be long driving day through the US and we will come back to Canada in Saskatchewan ...

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    1. We would love to meet up with you for a beer. Just keep following along and if you see that we are close at any time just send us a facebook message or an email. Good luck on your travels. Yes, the first part of the trip is going to be a long one!

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  11. We really enjoy your posts and looking forward to your new adventure. It will be interesting to see what that part of the world looks like. Thank You for sharing your adventures
    Roy and Belinda

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    1. Thank you for following along with us, we hope that you will love this new adventure that we will be on, we know that we sure are looking forward to it. :-)

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  12. Where abouts are you guys going to be in Edmonton . How long will you be in Edmonton? Would love to see you guys as well while you are here. Enjoy your travels and looking forward to the Yukon adventure. Ruth you really do look right at home in Sherman!

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    1. We're headed for the West Edmonton Mall if you want to meet us for a coffee that would be great. Send me an email to karead7@gmail.com and we'll set something up.

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