Time to Chill in the Flatlands

Car: Farrah
Hit the road: 7:10am EST Departing from Thunder Bay, ON
Arrived: 9:40pm CST Saskatoon, SK
Starting Odometer Reading: 57,265km
Arrival Odometer Reading: 58,689km
Total Driving Distance: 1,424km
Observed Mileage: Approximately 6.4L/100km

The second half of this “Part One” drive was long. I’m happy to be taking a little time off from driving. Farrah needs an oil change. We put on a total of 2,837km in two days, and it had been approximately 4,000km since her last lube, oil & filter change. This time, I’ll be giving her some nice synthetic.

I’ve been doing a little reading on synthetic versus conventional oils, and racking my brain for the various knowledge I have stowed away from high school auto class. Anyway, what I’ve determined is that synthetic oils tend to have a longer life expectancy, which means more driving between oil changes. Plus, synthetics tend to be better at keeping moisture out of the engine block. As the colder weather sets in, that is something I’m starting to think about.

Last note about the car: I’ll be getting some winter tires. Colder weather is going to be changing the driving conditions.

Now for my introspection.

I was driving (obviously) through west Manitoba, after passing through Winnipeg and Minnedosa, I was approaching the boarder of Saskatchewan and the sun was hanging low. The expansive fields, nearly empty roads, it was beautiful. The sun was casting this, not quite ruby red, more of a dusty rose colour all over the golden fields.

The journey had me cross two time zones. So while the driving time may, at first, appear to be 13 hours, it is actually 15 hours. Upwards of three hours were spent driving in the dark. That may not sound like much, but keep in mind these two-lane highways do not have street lights. There are no urban centres to light the way; relying on my headlights entirely. Which is intimidating, knowing that there are large wildlife including deer and moose. Trust me, you do not want to hit a moose while driving at highway speeds.

I didn’t start thinking about why I was driving until I had passed through Winnipeg. Because it’s crazy, really. It’s a lot of driving, and it’s not really a set-in-stone plan. I guess I was feeling the itch for adventure, and it wasn’t until mid-way through day two where I started to second-guess myself.

What I do know is that, going forward, I’m going to take more time getting to where I’m going. 15 hour driving days is just not a sustainable way to travel.


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