A trip they will never forget
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.