____Day 1: After a New Years Day that proved to be the warmest in South-east Manitoba since records began; I continue with the trailer load of plastic matting that I brought up from Georgia. Eleven hundred kilometres to Lloydminster, after coffee at Russell and tea at Saskatoon. Flying Eagle #31has been remarkably trouble free but has suddenly developed a big problem with the electronics. It's only the Sat-nav, radio, Cd player combined unit constantly switching off and on by itself; so it will not stop the truck. But the chances of finding somewhere that can fix it quickly seem remote. Also there could be a safety issue: I might cut my knuckles when my fist goes through the display screen. Which will be pretty soon if the damn thing doesn't stop squealing a warning at every bend in the road.
____Day 2: The delivery address at Edmonton nonchalantly tells me that I am at the wrong place; giving me the details of a contractor in Nisku. The job has turned into a direct delivery; saving them time and money, while they want me to meekly go off and believe there is a mistake with the paperwork. I've seen that one too many times before: straight on the phone to the office. Asking for more money for the extra miles; letting everyone know what their game is. At Nisku, it's hand-ball unloading of the long rolls and the two Croatian guys in the trailer aren't too pleased to find that I'm the first of eight loads.
|Waiting for pallets to be loaded at Regina, Sk.|
____Overall Distance: 2835 km.
|Sunset at the Husky refinery, Lloydminster|