Edmonton, Alberta to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
May 25, 2008
Aug 03, 2008
. Lots of yellow flowers, fields, gas tanks, grain elevators, & sky. Unfortunately, for the first 4 hours of the trip, we were driving in a strong headwind which really killed our gas mileage. This did not improve until we reached the halfway point at the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. We decided to eat lunch out in the border city of Lloydminster at Tim Horton's which is all over Canada. Since we are leaving Canada soon and we have not eaten here, we decided to give it a try. It's a cross between a Dunkin Donuts and Atlanta Bread Company. We had sandwiches with soup. Not bad. Then I bought a few things at the grocery store close by (the grocery stores in Canada are really good - especially the deli and bakery). Then it was off to top off our tank which was almost half-full now. One of the bad parts about heading home is the amount of Diesel we need to make it which puts a crimp on our budget. After trying a few places (too expensive or tight place for the RV were reasons we passed over many stations) we found one and a nice guy helped us in the bay since it was a tight squeeze. This was the halfway point on our trip so we had close to 3 to 4 hours more of the same type of road. Now the winds have died down but now we had some rain. Light rain so that was OK since it helped to clean the truck & RV. We made it to Saskatoon around 6:00 and set up the RV in an easy pull-though site. This is one of the nicest RV parks on the trip since it has very large tree covered sites. Since we had a long day, we did not go into Saskatoon and just chilled for the evening. I sat outside planning the rest of our trip and blogging while Pooh, fresh from many naps in the truck, cleaned the truck and RV from the inside. I made a late dinner of a salad & sandwich. After the internet started going slow, I turned it off and went to bed to prepare for an even longer drive tomorrow.
Since we had a late night, I did not set an alarm this morning. We just woke-up on our own which turned out to be just after 7:00. Since it was a nice warm morning, we took our time getting the RV ready this morning even though we had a good drive ahead of us. Hooking-up the truck, I misread the angle of the RV to truck hitch and killed my grease plate. Lucky for us there was an RV store on the premises so I got another for around $10. Then we hooked up. The campground was very nice with many trees but some of the sites were short so there were many trucks and cars in the road which made maneuvering the RV quite difficult. But we made it out and was on our way to Saskatoon. At first, the warning "ding" had come back, but this time when I applied my breaks. But that soon went away as we made it to the highway. We got some Diesel in Edmonton since we were close to empty. Since this is the cheapest we'll have in Canada (Alberta is the oil province of Canada) I also filled-up the auxiliary tanks. This made for a hefty bill of close to $200. The road to Saskatchewan was a drive through the prairie lands