A trip they will never for­get

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

WE were on our way to go camp­ing at Black Lake in Nopim­ing Provin­cial Park one Sun­day evening. About 80 kilo­me­tres out­side of Lac Du Bon­net on a bad gravel road, one of our tires went flat. We pulled over and as we watched, another tire went flat. We didn’t know what to do. Sun­day night, 80 kilo­me­tres from nowhere. We had a tire patch kit, but no spare. A woman and her daugh­ter (we didn’t get their names) stopped to help. Then two other trucks stopped. Matt and Mike (both on the way home from Long Lake), the two truck driv­ers, started pulling out jacks and tire re­pair kits in a flash. They man­aged to fix one tire, but the other had a huge rip. It was get­ting dark. After jack­ing up the car and tak­ing the bad tire off, Mike, and his son Wy­att of­fered to drive my wife, Kathryn Ritchot, and daugh­ter, Au­gusta Redekop, back to Win­nipeg to get our other car and one of our snow tires while I stayed with the car. That was well out of Mike’s way, as he lives in Birds Hill, about an hour away from our home. But he drove them, and my wife and daugh­ter came back with the tire at about 2 a.m. Ev­ery­thing got fixed, and we went on to have a great camp­ing trip. A big thanks to Mike and Matt and ev­ery­one who stopped and asked if they could help. That is one trip we’ll never for­get. It turned into a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.

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