Shake, Rattle, & Roll!

Trip Start Jul 10, 2008
Trip End Aug 04, 2008

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Flag of Canada  , Manitoba,
Friday, July 11, 2008

800 miles
15 hours
1 gas fill
2 drivers
1 hitchhiker
....and 1 lost license plate.
The drive to Winnipeg was long and quite eventful. Having left Calgary having, almost, finished my long to-do list I didn't have time to ensure things were done right in regards to my makeshift mountain bike carriers. At every stop I would check all the straps to make sure the motorcycle and the bikes were still solidly attached to the trailer. We made a Tim Horton's pit stop just outside of Medicine Hat. There I realized that the rear of the mountain bikes had been jumping around more then I should have thought they would. The rear wheel on one of the bikes had fallen off the trailer and wedged itself between the side of the trailer and the wheel housing. After putting the wheel back where it belonged I used a strap from one of the motorcycle tie-downs to hold it where it belonged. Well, I thought it would.
Back on the road and driving through Medicine Hat and we notice a hitchhiker getting out of a truck. Normally this wouldn't be unusual except for one exception...this was the third time we saw the same guy since we left Calgary. We only stopped once for about 10 minutes. How did he keep on getting in front of us? The second time was before we stopped. He must have been picked up just after we saw him the first time and dropped off just before we saw him on the side of the road. The thing is, I wasn't driving that slow and I remember only one vehicle passing us. It was just one of those things that makes you wonder about coincidences. If we would have seen him a fourth time we would definitely have stopped and given him a included. You just don't mess with Karma.
We continue driving and make another pit stop at a roadside rest stop. I check the straps on the motorcycle and the bikes and realize that the rear wheel on that same bike has fallen off the trailer again. My "quik-fix" wasn't good enough. I pull out the tool box and find a clip to attach to the bike to keep it place. I also realize that all the shaking, rattling and rolling from the Saskatchewan roads has caused my mountain bike brake lever to rub against the motorcycle gas tank. The rubbing has gouged the paint. I adjust the tie-downs to ensure there's more room between the bike and motorcycle.
On the road again. We stop in Regina for lunch and then for gas. This is great. First fill since we left Calgary. A lot better than the last year when I was pulling the 5th wheel. There I notice a missing bolt on the motorcycle windshield. I  make a mental note to keep an eye on the windshield. An hour later we stop so that I can take the windshield off the motorcycle. It's very windy and the windshield is shaking like crazy. At least the bikes are staying on the trailer now.
Back on the road. One more pit stop an hour or so outside of Winnipeg to switch drivers. Finally nothing   to adjust or take off.
After a long day of driving, Katrine and I are at my sister's in St Adolph where we are staying while we are visiting family in Winnipeg. We unpack our things and crash for the night. I have a few things to fix before the Journey continues next week.
(tomorrow morning) I get up and take the bikes and the motorcycle off the trailer. I notice more missing items. A nut that is holding the fork of one of the bikes was not there and the license plate was no longer on the trailer.
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