Wednesday, 1 August 2012 Winnipeg, MB to Saskatoon, SK Canada ( 549 miles) Total Trip Miles – 2218
Weather – Hot & humid with temperatures in the mid to upper 70′s with rain & strong winds west of Brandon, MB.
Michael Brown graciously offered for me to stay in his home and he prepared a terrific Canadian breakfast of eggs, toast, coffee & juice – must say the honey was quite tasty. Michael showed me the way to one of the local “garages” where I filled up gas before headning out to Saskatoon – thank you Michael Brown and all the folks at Northland Heathcare Products for your generous support of Rally Foundation!
Picked up the Trans Canada Highway 1 and headed west where the speed limit was 110km and ran into some cold, rainy & windy conditions west of Brandon for about an hour – was my first taste of cold weather. Also, found out the hard way the need to look for fuel when the gage is half empty – ran the level down to reserve and punched in the GPS for the closest gas station and when I arrived the station appeared to have been closed since Walton’s Mountain & the Great Depression. Ended up heading in the opposite direction on the Trans Canada the the second closest option – ended up having only 3/10 of a gallon or about 15 miles left of travel.
Passed through Regina and picked up Highway 11 getting to Schaan Healthcare Products about 4:30 in the afternoon - I was met by Gerald Schaan and his two sons Collin & Kevin. Had a great tour of their facility and followed Kevin over to his house for a barbque with their employees, family and friends – a fabulous spot around the pool. Gerald Schaan addressed the groups making some very nice comments about Rally Around the World and pledged a very geneorus donation to Rally Foundation – their commitment to the health of children was not only exemplified by their support of Rally, but Schaan Heathcare made a signifcant contribution to the new children’s hospital in Saskatoon for a room for parents to have a quiet place – the hospital is schedule to be completed in a few years.
And once again, I was an invited guest to stay the night in an NDC dealer’s home – laundry on all. I am so grateful for the hospitality of the last several days from so many people making my trip around the world so much more enjoyable..If you would like to make a donation to give all kids diagnosed with cancer a better chance at living the full life they deserve, please visit Rally Foundation & Rally Around the World or Text “RALLY” to 85944 to give $10 to WIN the fight against childhood cancer. Send this message to 10 of your friends…Be a RALLY 10 to WIN!