Things went pretty well the first few days, all through North Dakota and Saskatchewan. At the Canadian border, she had five days to get to her destination.
It ended up taking him seven.
First, she lost her cell signal and, as the weather deteriorated, she lost her bearings several times, forcing her to buy a GPS along the way. It was colder and the children did not have their thick winter coats. She hadn’t been through heavy snow before either, and she had the wrong tires for the terrain. But restrictions related to the pandemic have prevented her from shipping their belongings to Alaska, she said, leaving her with no choice but to continue.
After five days of “white punching” through snowy western Canada, it pulled up to a gas station in Wonowon, a small mountain town in British Columbia, and began to collapse. . “A woman came out of the gas station and asked, ‘Are you okay? “, She says.
She wasn’t. She was exhausted and couldn’t bring herself to drive any further.
“I guess I was at the point where I needed to talk to someone,” she says.
The stranger, a paramedic named Teena Sew, generously offered to help. First, she guided Ms. Marchessault to a tire store to have her truck fitted with winter tires. Then, after driving the family to the Buffalo Inn in nearby Pink Mountain, Ms Sew reached out to veterans she knew on Facebook. These friends in turn came into contact with other friends, and eventually word got to Mr. Bath.
“A friend of mine had shared someone else’s post on Facebook, saying they were looking for someone to drive from Pink Mountain to Alaska,” he said. “Everyone wished they could help, but no one could. We talked, and I said I would take him up there.
Mr. Bath lives with his wife, Selena, in Fort St. John, about an hour and a half from Pink Mountain. A veteran of the Cadet Instructors Cadre of the Canadian Armed Forces, he is currently participating in Operation LASER, the CAF effort to respond to Covid-19.