Day Eighteen: Last Minute Details

I was up early and working on this blog, publishing Day Seventeen just before heading over to the continental breakfast and Trip Log meeting.  Normally we’ll meet in the evening to go over driving directions, but since we’re having dinner together off site, they did it this morning.  It also is a bit like an introduction to the driving info.  There’s a board we all signed and the tailgunner, Harry, will poly it and we’ll hang it in the sign post forest.

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Our sign. I’m on the bottom right.
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The gang at breakfast.

We’ll be crossing the border into Canada tomorrow, so some of the discussion centered on what to do and what not to do when crossing.  Most of it is common sense, but I know people get nervous in these situations.

After the meeting, Jarhead came over to my trailer and helped me dry lube the slide rollers.  I can’t put the big one out all the way due to a water spigot, so we don’t know yet if it helped.  Crossing my fingers.  If it’s going to rain, I can’t put it out unless I put it out all the way so that it seals.  Most of this trip I’ve just been putting it out part way or not even moving it out at all.

As Jarhead was finishing up with me, John R. came over.  He helped me make a bug screen for Rory.  I think it looks pretty good.  A different John did his first with the plastic coated fiberglass.  The mesh is pretty tight and he’s a bit worried that the engine temps will get too high when we’re climbing, so going to have to watch this.

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John R helping me make a bug/rock screen for the front grill.
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Finished product
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We got two stickers for our trucks.

After the bug screen, I did more chores and projects in and out of the trailer.  I had bought a round board to make my own sign at Lowes.  I bought a can of spray paint, so spent some of my time putting a few coats on it.  I’m not sure if I’m going to buy some paint pens and write my stuff or do vinyl lettering.  What do you think?

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This was the first coat and a terrible pic, but it gives you an idea of what I’m working with.

After chores, it was time to go to dinner.  We were meeting at Cedars Floating restaurant.  It has a great view of the lake and river.  Everyone had a wonderful time, and I got to eat salmon for the first time on this trip.  Delicious.

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View of the river as I crossed the pier to the restaurant (its to the right of the pic).
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View of the lake
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My dinner plate. Also had a tossed salad with huckleberry vinaigrette and huckleberry sundae for dessert.
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My table. I cut off Jerry. Sorry, dude.
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Next table
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Mo and Sally are the wagonmasters. They’re in the blue shirts at the far right of the pic.
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Fourth table.
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I managed to grab this shot before dinner. If you zoom in, there are 2 stand up paddle boarders on the far left, a pontoon boat, a speed boat, a jetski, a parasailer, a float plane and 2 kayakers in this one image. People like the water sports!

After dinner I did some more prep on the truck and trailer before calling it a night.  We’re off to Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia in the morning.  Can’t wait!!!

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