CROSS-COUN­TRY TA­COMA

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This Cana­dian ad­ven­ture started as a sim­ple con­ver­sa­tion with one of my friends from high school when I showed him a ra­dio con­trolled truck I was work­ing on. He asked me “when are you go­ing to buy a real truck?” The ques­tion kind of stuck with me but it never car­ried any weight, as I was busy with school. Then one day I thought man, ‘I have al­ways wanted to road trip across Canada’. I found 1992 Toy­ota Ta­coma DLX with 332,000 km for sale not far from my grand­par­ent’s house on Van­cou­ver Is­land. What a great op­por­tu­nity to kill two birds with one stone. The trip was set the end of April 2017. In four short days, my dad Mike and I trav­eled 4300 kilo­me­tres from BC to On­tario, and I had my ‘new to me’ Taco.

The 25-year-old truck just needed a few things fixed be­fore the trip in­clud­ing re­plac­ing a dash that had a bro­ken speedome­ter

and re-ad­just­ing the park­ing brake to en­sure it would hold on a hill. Af­ter those small items were taken care of we started prep­ping by get­ting ex­tra flu­ids, some safety sup­plies and some junk food for the trip. With all this com­plete we had an ex­tra day to re­lax and sight see be­fore head­ing out.

Since I got home, I have added a new front bumper and an 8000 lb Warn winch. I’ve also switched the head­lights from solid hous­ing bulbs to Hella cas­ings that take swap­pable halo­gen bulbs.

This trip was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and I hope to do it again one day go­ing west, but on a much more re­laxed time timetable. Read more about Zach’s trip at https://thatlit­tle­bluetruck. word­press.com In­sta­gram @z_ba­gley

We had to stop for a quick pic­ture in Banff Na­tional Park at Lake Louise, then on to Strath­more, AB for the night.

Col­lected our prairie pro­vin­cial signs on day 2.

We made it to Al­berta on the first day, al­though it was slow go­ing, as we had to get over the Rocky Moun­tains in a 25 year old truck not known for its power when it was new.

Sun­light lit the snow-capped moun­tains as we crossed the Coast Moun­tains on the Co­qui­halla Hwy in BC.

No drive through Sud­bury is com­plete with­out a photo of the big nickel.

Col­lected an­other pro­vin­cial sign.

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