Yesterday morning I made my way out of Regina for another drive out to Assiniboia for the second last day of this year’s Spring Fever Lotto. As usual, it looked to be another uneventful drive and a lot less windy than it was the morning before.
I always leave the station at 8:30, which gives me plenty of time should some unforeseen situation arise. I’m glad I left at that time yesterday because an unforeseen situation is exactly what I ran into after I rolled through Moose Jaw. As I pulled out of “The Friendly City,” with CFB Moose Jaw to my right, I noticed traffic wasn’t moving as quickly as it should be. I soon noticed the culprit. There was a semi hauling two hopper bottoms that was taking up most of the highway. There was no way anyone could pass and oncoming traffic had to slow down to a crawl just to be able to get by safely. This wasn’t looking promising.
Traffic was moving at about 75 clicks and there were times it was down to 50. Great! There was no way I was going to make it to Assiniboia in time to be on air for just after 11 A.M. I was fourth in line behind the semi and there were another 4 or 5 vehicles lined up behind me. This went on for about 40 miles! By the time the semi and it’s load turned off, I had about 20 miles to cover in about 25 minutes. I started hauling a**!
I finally rolled into Nelson GM about 5 minutes before I was scheduled to hit the airwaves and then it was business as usual.
I was happy that I allowed myself some extra time to get to Assiniboia and I was even happier when I saw that semi in front of me finally get off the highway!