Once upon a time, a young couple named M and FFD set out on the second leg of their journey to the North.
Their chariot (named Stan) looked like this:
Unbeknownst to them (well, sort of), they had scorned the spirits of Agawa Bay by neglecting to leave an offering that would ensure their safe passage by Lake Superior.
Twenty kilometers later, at 1:30PM, Stan made a terrible grinding noise, and they were forced to pull over on the Trans Canada Highway, among the bears and the moose (mooses?).
They tried in vain to use their cell phones to call for help, but (wouldn’t you know it?) there was no reception in the wild. FFD retreated to the shade to avoid death by sunburn, while M stood by the roadside, looking forlorn. Remarkably, in the following hour, three different vehicles stop to see if the couple needed help.
The first good samaritan knew nothing about mechanics and he and his son could offer little help. They wished the couple good luck and were off.
The second good samaritan was much the same; kind, but un-knowledgeable as well. He made sure the couple was safe and moved on.
The third good samaritan drove a transport truck, rigged with a tow. He was headed to Thunder Bay, where he would retrieve a transport truck that had recently struck a moose and was out of commission.
This good samaritan’s name was Gord, and he saved the couple. He took them to Wawa, where he tracked down and introduced them to his friend who owned a tow truck. FFD was going to have to accompany the tow truck driver to retrieve Stan and the trailer.
This process took 3 hours, as there is only one tow truck in Wawa. During the journey with the tow truck driver to retrieve Stan from the scene of the breakdown, FFD got to assist with several other calls, including an accident on the Trans Canada involving a U-Haul, and a man that had locked his keys in his car at a provincial park. FFD is now a certified tow truck apprentice.
M stayed with Gord at the Tim Horton’s in Wawa. “Don’t worry,” said Gord. “I won’t leave you two until we get this all sorted out.” M felt safe, and she learned a lot about Gord and his love for DuMauriers and Tim’s coffee in the next few hours.
FFD and tow truck guy brought Stan and the trailer to Wawa, where the contents of Stan had to be loaded into the trailer. You can see this process, below. Note Gord’s transport in the background:
Stan was then taken to the local dealership in Wawa, where he is receiving the utmost care and is waiting patiently to be retrieved.
Gord then hooked the trailer to the back of his giant transport, and offered to take the couple all the way to Thunder Bay (5 hours away). By this time, it was already nearing 7PM. Everyone was basically best friends anyways, so why not travel together? Besides, Gord was offering to tow the trailer and the couple all the way to THUNDER BAY, where FFDs truck was parked. This would save the couple at LEAST $1200 in towing expenses. How could they say no?
So, they said ‘yes’. And M got to relax in Gord’s bunk in the transport while Gord and FFD were shooting the shit all the way to T. Bay, where Gord dropped them off at their truck and helped them hitch the trailer up.
The couple got a good night’s sleep at a Best Western, and completed their journey the next day.
The couple have friended Gord on Facebook, are currently enjoying the North and are looking forward to being reunited with Stan.