I had the opportunity to get out on a quick trip this long weekend.
Headed off to see some spots on the way to Regina, Saskatchewan. Light rain for about half of the journey. Radio said there was a tornado watch for my travel path. Between Swift Current and Regina it became a pounding rainstorm. No hail. I had to pull off the highway and wait a bit since it was coming down so hard. None of this was in the forecast that I checked the day before.
I thought it was subsiding a bit and got back on the highway. Turns out I was wrong. I was down to 60km/h until a few miles outside of Regina. No rain in Regina. I needed gas since I was close to empty and I did not want to get gas in a torrential downpour earlier. As soon as I got gas it started raining again. Grabbed something to eat and called it a night.
With all of the rain I thought this trip would be waste. With all of the rain the backroads would likely be soft, the only two places I wanted to go were in the middle of the storm. The next day it was overcast. Well, there were other places to see.
From Regina south on Highway 6 to Pangman. Then west past Ogema, south to Bengough to Big Beaver, west to Coronach, north to Willow Bunch, then to Kayville, Truax, Avonlea, Briercrest, then dinner in Moose Jaw. There were a few side trips along the way. During the day the clouds cleared and it was bright and hot.
The roads were dry enough that I got to the two places I wanted to visit. Travelling is rural areas during a long weekend has a few risks. I stopped in Bengough at the gas station for something to drink. It was nine-thirty and it was not open until ten. I stopped in Coronach at the gas station. Good thing I had enough gas, the station was closed on Sundays. I got gas in Willow Bunch. I asked the lady running the place about gas stations being closed. She said no one can get staff. They were short-staffed and she in putting in long hours.
During dinner I decided I was tired of lousy service and getting pillaged by my hotel. I could save a few dollars if I made a run for home and put funds towards another trip. I made it home well after midnight. Of course the last few hours on the road home it had to rain.