Cross Canada Tour Day 1 – Close Calls

» Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Blog | 81 comments

Well, today was quite the way to start a trip across the country.
As per tradition, we (my wife and I) stopped for our usual Tim Hortons breakfast sandwich and coffee to mark the start of a trip -  it is a cross Canada tour, after all. Everything seemed to be as it always is. The drive was going well, the conversation was good, and the coffee was…the same as it always is from Tim Hortons.
As we drove up the 400 out of Toronto and through Muskoka, we were caught behind a landscaping truck. I had seen this truck on the side of the road earlier, fixing the load he had tied down on the back of his trailer. I should have taken this as a sign. All of a sudden, we saw a scoop for one of his Bobcats slide off the back of his trailer and into our lane. There was a brief moment of panic, but at the same time, it felt like we were in slow motion. The giant metal piece of equipment slid across my lane of traffic and into the ditch and I was able to swerve around it. Needless to say, our hearts were pounding.
Naturally, we thought that was our crazy moment of the day. That thought only lasted for a few minutes. Within kilometres of the first incident, on the same highway, we saw a baby black bear run out into the middle of traffic.
The poor black bear ran into the side of a moving vehicle. Thankfully the driver was uninjured and was able to pull over to the side of the road but the bear wasn’t so lucky.
After all of our close calls, we made the rest of the drive relatively incident free (minus driving right through the eye of a storm with lightning flashing all around us – it felt minor at this point). We are now staying in a classy place in Sault Ste. Marie. I have left you a photo below.
The next show will be in Winnipeg at Sam’s Place Used Books with A Yellow Field on Wednesday June 20th. Come on out and say hello!
Today’s Soundtrack:
Drifter by JJ Shiplett
Featured Track:
Bluejay Highway
This is a beautiful song that showcases JJ’s songwriting ability as well as his unbelievable voice. The track makes me feel the same heartbreak that I imagine him feeling when he wrote the song. It is most certainly worth  a listen (and purchase)!

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