Friday, May 23, 2008

Day 28: Winnipeg to Brandon to Regina

Location: Regina, SK
Total kms driven: 7833
Total $$ spent on frikin gas: $996.20

It's a beautiful sunny day in Regina and I've got a solid 2 days worth of work built up, sitting in front of me! I'm realizing this isn't a vacation!! :)

I'm a bit tired. I drove 2538 kms in 3.5 days, and saw 13 deer. But I arrived in Regina a day early and don't leave until Sunday, so I've got a few days to recover and get an oil change!

Thunder Bay and Winnipeg do something weird with their gas prices. Every station advertises the same price across the city, but each station has different discounts that apply at the pump. So until you pull into the station and look at the price on the pump, you don't really know what station has the cheapest price! Annoying!

So Day 28 started in Winnipeg. I ventured back to CJUM/UMFM to visit DJ Co-op on his 'Magical Crates of Co-op' show. I met Co-op back in 2005 at the National DMCs in Hamilton.

Unfortunately Co-op was MIA, so music/program director Michael Elves & I hijacked his show for an interview and to spin some hip-hop. Co-op, where are you? Are you okay? :)

I jetted out of University of Manitoba at 5 pm en route for a radio show in Brandon, MB at CJJJ at Assiniboine Community College.

There I met up with Kevin Wielenga, one of the folks behind the webpage and radio show. We chatted, played some tunes and exchanged t-shirts. Check out his band FUGR ('Fat Ugly Guys Rock' or something like that)

After the radio show, I was starving. I hadn't had a real meal since Dystrakted hooked me up with sushi 48 hours earlier. So I stopped at Cranberry's Family Restaurant. I was surprised and excited when they had a gluten-free bun option. I had the best burger in a long, long time!

I had a couple options to crash in Brandon, both of which involved early mornings and/or mother-in-laws and/or 4 kids. So instead I decided to keep driving to Regina, SK, where I met up with my friend Mike who I hadn't seen since 2002.

Somehow while watching for deer, I missed the sign that said "entering Saskatchewan". And I was also surprised to discover that Saskatchewan has their own time zone that's a hybrid of MST and CST. In summer, they adopt MST, and in winter they have CST. Crazy!


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