Aug 17 2008
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Well that is sure true for our Bandwagon red truck and trailer mascot “Prowler”. Back in BC when we started our journey we had what some may perceive as signs or tests by our creator. The truck was tuned up but then: the back lights went while we were driving down the mountain at dusk, the break line caused a fire to start on the rear right wheel of our trailer, the transmission blew, so before leaving BC we returned to Brian owner of Silverline Transmission (Revelstoke) and thankfully got a sponsor deal on our very needed repairs.
So then we cleared the prairies predominantly in the daylight, as our lights started to act up again, and made it successfully to Ontario, Eastern Canada. Our vehicle ran on propane, which is a more environmentally friendly burning fuel, but to our surprise many propane providers do not provide (auto) propane, as much out east and if they did, the price was at par with gasoline. ($1.25 vs the .80 cents in BC)
In Wendake Quebec we had blown our tire driving down the narrow streets while trying to get the perfect shot of film. Thankfully this reserve is full of great people and great policing. The local muffler mechanic Yves came to our rescue and helped us get our spare tire back on with some handy machinery. We were fortunate to break down next to a church where we ran an extension cord to our trailer to use Yves air gun. Tommy a new police officer to the Wendake Police Force was exceptionally great directing traffic around our vehicle, which was blocking an artery and kindly explained to the public the humor of what had been a continuing challenge for our poor “Prowler”. So we left Wendake heading to Montreal to see Randy’s daughter Shaylah; after seeing Shaylah we stayed at ITL in downtown Montreal, and were beside ourselves because the hospitality Lynn, Allain, Bruno, Daniel and others had provided was over the top.
The next day we headed to Ottawa in preparation for our interview with Conrad Prince on Parliament hill. In St. Lazare not 10 min. from Montreal our car engine blew. We had Rupy, a family friend, come to our rescue and pick us up, with our production equipment, to get to Ottawa in time for the interview with Conrad. After our interview (which will be the next blog) we spent Saturday buying a car to finish the rest of the journey across Canada. We now have a new mascot “Sky”, a sky blue coloured Toyota Camry, which is a heck of a lot cheaper on fuel. Now we are heading to Six Nations and will successfully remain on schedule.
What is the moral of the story? Never give up!
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