Winnipeg, MB to Saskatoon, SK Canada – Day 5

Michael Brown & all the folks at Northland Healthcare Products

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.

The Schaan’s – Collin, Gerald & Kevin

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.

Gerald Schaan presents the Rally contribution

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!

 

Sioux Falls, SD to Winnipeg, MB Canada – Day 4

Kreisers – Sioux Falls, SD

Sioux Falls, SD to Winnipeg, MB Canada (535 miles) Total Trip Miles – 1669

Weather – warm & but slightly less humid with highs in the low 90’s and clear skies.

Joined Dave Larson, Denise Gregory and all the folks at Kreisers for a breakfast Rally Event – a traditional breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes & sliced fruit was served to start us all off to a hearty meal.  Kreisers employees were invited to make donations to Rally and Dave offered to match that total.  Both Denise and I were taken on a tour of their corporate offices and there were great pictures of Dave’s grandfather who started the Kreiser business and his father that continued to legacy – Dave makes it a 3rd generation company with Scott Larson, Dave’s sone,  rounding out the 4th.  Congratulations on a wonderful success story!

Rolled out of the Kreisers parking lot at about 9am bouind for Winnipeg crossing into Canada mid-afternoon and only taking about 15 minutes.  After answering a half dozen questions or so, I was cleared and allowing to continue on my trip north.  Met Michael Brown at the Northland Healthcare offices and was given a tour of their main facility –  Northland offers a strong home healthcare presence in the Winnipeg area along with physician office supplies.  From there we both joined Donna Jackson from Northland for a great Canadian dinner!  Ended the evening with a grand tour of city of Winnipeg about 800,000 people.

I did note one thing after crossing th Canadian border – the road are a bit bumpier…will just have to wait and see how that might impact my speeds and travel times.  Michael was gracious to allow me to stay at his home – he even left his vacation spot from out of town to join me for the evening!

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!