So, in Minnesota, around a small town called Bagely, our brakes and steering started singing or screeching (depending on your point of view). We've learnt to stop at AutoPart stores and share with them what's going on and ask them to recommend a mechanic in the area. They said to go three streets off the hwy2, turn right at the pile of dirt, then stay on that road till it turns into a gravel road, then look left till you see what looks like a garage. The Sheriff of the town was there too, so, he offered to escort us so we won't get lost. They all stopped what they were working on, huddled under the Balloo (that's our RV's name), and came out with a piece of pipe which fell off when they touched it.. it was the nut/bolt part, a pipe full of rust holes. Outcome would have been we'd have lost our steering and brakes in a short while longer. We where VERY lucky to be that close to Braaten Repair garage in Bagley, MN. THANK YOU BOYS! The part which was rusted away was a custom pipe buid, so, they went into their garage and jimmied and welded some pieces together. Within an hour we were on route again. 80 dollars in total, labor, parts and supplies. We where happy and alive.
We got into Turtle River State Park a couple hours before mosquitoes would be arriving, so as Jerry likes to unwind around the camp, Duke (our dog) and I like to explore right away. So, we hopped on a bike and made for the trails. Turtle River is 800 ish acres, much of it a trail system. The Trail system is 3km from the campgrounds. They have hiking and mountain bike trails. We explored just for the two hours of daylight we had, then returned for a wonderful BBQ salmon-kibos Jerry had made for us.
So, we're on our last day of driving to our Granddaughters! We can't wait! I'm not planning anywork while with them, just lots of playing and adventures. We'll be heading back in a few days, Taking a different route, stopping in to see good friends and Jerry's "other" daughter and her two sons in Saskatoon on the first night, then through Manitoba and toward home. There are some provincial parks with Trails we'll stop at on the way back!
PS.. here are some strange and cool things we saw along the way..
Does this look safe to anyone!?? Fun maybe.. but, in a wind.. I'm thinking NOT!
You know you're in Saskatchewan when you see giant wheat!