canada

The day the Court Circuit came to town

A Facebook post from March 22, 2010, when I was stranded in a small town in Canada named Dease Lake, British Columbia:

How neat, the “Court Circuit” comes to town tonight. Just like the Northern Exposure episode, the court people travel around and temporarily set up court in various towns. They are expected to be here from tonight until Thursday. My chance to meet many police officers! (RCMPs, I wonder?)

This is a page from my book, “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary”

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Somewhere along the way I managed to look at the calendar for the wrong year: This year April 28 was the last Friday in April, and also my last day with the company I founded so many years ago. As I'm getting ready to leave town this coming Tuesday, this last week was filled with very little work, and many goodbye visits with former employees, clients, and other friends outside of the business.

Stranded in Dease Lake, British Columbia

Dateline: March, 2010.

Not one of my better times. On the drive from the Lower 48 back to Alaska, I got stranded in Canada. The reports said the roads were clear, so I was hoping to make it through with my old tires, but “clear” has a different meaning in the winter in Canada than it has in the Lower 48. “Snow-packed with occasional ice” was a more apt description. My tires weren’t up to the task, and not wanting to die, I was forced to stop in Dease Lake, British Columbia, population 303, one motel, one gas station, one mechanic.

You’re going to end up as a statistic

Flashback to driving to Alaska in March, 2010: “If you try to drive through Canada in the winter with those tires you’re going to end up as a statistic.”

The time I got myself stranded in Canada alvin June 27, 2016 - 6:46am

Then there was the time I got stranded in Canada. I thought my superhero powers would let me drive through Canada in the dead of winter with “all purpose” tires. Ha. Ha ha.

I got stranded in a town of 303 people, unable to drive further north or backtrack to the south. Fortunately a man who would die in a few months from lung cancer had just gotten back into town after his latest round of chemo treatment, and had the little garage shown in this photo. After a five day wait to get the tires delivered, he put them on the car on Day 6. He had no way to balance them, so I had a shaky drive to Whitehorse (in the Yukon Territory), where a tire shop was able to balance them.

The tires cost $1,200, the motel stay cost $600, and I ate gas station food for five days, so that was an expensive learning experience.