How does a paralyzed man prepare for such a trip? Actually the question should be how does a paralyzed guy safely and carefully prepare for such a trip. Basic logic. Watch the forecast carefully and improvise at a moments notice. I planned to leave well before sunrise on Friday for the six hour drive. No chance that will work. I decide to leave on Thursday morning before the storm hits and drive as far north and mostly west as I can before dark or snow hits. I head directly into the storm. I pack smartly. Three pairs of gloves with glove liners. A spectacularly warm jacket I got from Canadian tire. A hunting jacket replete with pockets for bullets. A back up down bubble jacket. Two strips of rubber in case I get stuck in snow. Two blankets for Kate and emergency blanket. A good shovel and car brush. Warm clothes--multiple sets of warm cloths. Nothing is taken for chance. Remember I was a Boy Scout leader! I am prepared.
I plan to go as far as Buffalo but know I will stop well before if the roads get bad. Buffalo is ambitious and before I hit Syracuse I know I will never make it. I aim for Syracuse. The drive is uneventful until the last 30 minutes. The forecasters got it right. Snow started to fall heavily and the roads were getting bad. Kate and I make it to the lovely Red Roof Inn in Syracuse--my stomping grounds. I hunker down and look outside. It is gorgeous outside. A winter wonderland.
Friday I get up early turn on television. At least a foot of snow fell and it is cold--dangerous cold. It is -8 f. and the windchill is about -30 f. My kind of cold. This is the sort of cold I love. My wheelchair lets me know it. The rear wheels quick release freeze and the metal of the wheelchair itself krinks and crackles in only a way only I am aware of. Here is how I looked before I went out.
Today was tourist day. Walked around Victoria Park with Kate and went to a local rink where I watched some kids play hockey. Man, I miss hockey. My heart has just not been into it this season. Meeting up later with my friend Barb Farlow and her clan. All in all a great trip. Though I will confess I am bit sore. Being active in cold I find very tiring. Head home tomorrow. Travel log over.