The plan for the day had been in limbo until October 3rd when we finally confirmed we would be visiting my old high school friend Steve at his cottage near Bancroft. The original idea for the day was to drive from The Soo to Bancroft via Algonquin Park -- about 8 hrs -- to see the colours there.
But to do that, I needed tires, and even though I knew they were on the way, I had no idea when they would arrive, though Chris at the tire shop thought they would get there around noon. We were hoping to be on the road by 1:30 pm. We had agreed that
- if we weren't on the road by 2 PM, we should not go through Algonquin, because it would be dark and there were too many critters to hit;
- if we weren't on the road by 4:30 pm, we needed an alternate plan... finding a place to overnight... on the Friday night of the Thanksgiving long weekend... when we couldn't find one when we were planning the trip a month ago. Ah, well.
The morning delay gave us time for Karen to do laundry and me to... get a watch. As I posted a few weeks ago, I got a new watch recently. Unfortunately, on the morning of the 7th, I caught my brand new watch on a door handle, ripping it off my wrist, breaking its band (and my wrist...). On top of that, I was having troubles setting it and in that process the crown broke. Sigh. So while Karen was at the laundromat, I was at Wal-Mart getting yet another Casio $25 special.
|At least it has a dual display and a stopwatch|
|The top 4 are mine|
Chris told me to drive my car into a bay, and around this time I learned Chris is a popular and busy guy. His one helper was getting married tomorrow, so was off, and Chris was all by his lonesome. There was a car up on the hoist that he was working on when we arrived at noon; by 1 PM it was replaced by a truck. The afternoon saw a parade of his regular customers, including:
- a farmer with a tractor tire and a wheelbarrow tire he had brought in for repair;
- a guy who looked like a used car salesman who needed to replace the tires with cheap ones on his leased car;
- a guy who came in to confirm a price for a set of tires Chis said he could get;
- a guy who drove up with a tire problem hoping to get it fixed today.
|Old tech but good tech|
|5:15 pm somewhere|
|The white head is visible|
We rolled into Steve's at 12:50 AM, dead tired. Thanks to M.R. and Duncan for staying up to greet us.