The next night was at another windy cool spot along the coast, and I took the opportunity to drain the hot water tank as the next step towards winterizing. With Hailey's help a couple of stowaway mice were evicted from the rig - the first ones all season.
One last windy rainy night on the coast and we were ready to begin the inland leg of the return journey home. But not before filling up the truck and spare fuel cans with $164. of diesel at the bargain price (in Lincoln City) of $4.85/gal! We made the run through Portland, and then followed the south side of the Columbia River eastbound on I-84, till turning northward again towards Spokane, Wa. Our last US night was spent at a BLM camp spot not far from Spokane, but with howling winds and rain, it was not all that enjoyable! After another top off of the fuel, we headed for the Canadian border. There was a big line-up (2 semis), so it took us 6 minutes to get across. Pretty good, when compared to friends who had spent 6 hours in line crossing at Coutts, further east, a week or two previously. Removal of the testing reqirements at the border had created a rush of Canadians soon after that change occurred.
Once north of the border, roads were good, but we hit some falling snow on the way to our next stop at friends in Pincher Creek, Ab. Freezing temperatures were predicted, so I completed the winterizing before we solved a few world problem over an adult beverage or two. Of course, as is the norm there, winds were howling, and any loose articles would be found in neighbouring Saskatchewan!
To avoid the worst of the winds, an early start was in order the next morning as we headed north on Highway 22 - where special wind speed warning signs have been installed. It must have been relatively calm overnight, as there was only ONE overturned semi still laying in the ditch as we continued northwards.
As we continued on our way, we were treated to the best of winter driving in Canada. There were sections of black ice, white ice, packed snow, blowing snow, falling snow, slush. Traffic was light, and we managed to avoid ditches and incidents along the way.
After having a nice clean truck and rig, rinsed clean by the coastal rains, it was sure nice to get it properly covered in slush, dirt, and salt again ;-(. A quick stop at a cell phone place in Cochrane to pick up a new sim card, and we were on our way northward again.
Now, the road had some rough frozen ice sections to enjoy, as well as seeing some less fortunate victims of the previous nights conditions!
Luckily, after only a couple days at home, all the snow has melted away. And, who knows, in another month, there might even be a hint of green in some of the trees. 😏
We'll get the fifth wheel parked for the summer - likely, and put the truck camper on for any summer adventures that will inevitably ensue. In the meantime, there will likely be not a lot to blog about.