Got away a little later than we had hoped but headed west on the Trans-Canada highway to head through Banff and Yoho National Parks.
|Western bound on the Trans Canada Highway|
The car is running great, traffic was relatively light, and the weather perfect for driving. So far so good...
|Through the Banff National Park gates|
Passed through Banff, turned up Highway 93 with Radium Hot Springs as our next first stop. We even passed a Porsche! Not that he was going very fast but it still felt somehow satisfying. So far so good...
After that we both noticed that the car was making new noises like the lifters losing pressure. The noise was getting louder the closer we got to Radium and as we passed through Sinclair Canyon the oil light came on... now it's not so good. Although we did see a bear, but not in enough time to get a picture.
|Through Sinclair Canyon just east of Radium Hot Springs|
Pulled into the gas station at the bottom of the hill and discovered that there was no oil! Checked underneath and the oil pan gasket repair I did the previous evening had failed... now it's getting worse.
After trying to see if I could fix it we decided to return to Calgary and switch vehicles. Purchased six litres of oil, put four in right away hoping the remaining two would get us at least to Canmore. It turned out that two extra only got us about 60km down the road. Stopped at the Kootenay Crossing store and bought six more litres and nursed the car back to Canmore where we phoned the AMA to arrange to have the car towed home. If there's a bright spot in this we saw what we guessed was the same bear we'd seen a little earlier...
|Our bear sighting...|
|Oil film on the back window... that will be fun to clean!|
|Getting loaded up for the rest of the trip home.|
|Doing the switcheroo at home.|
So now our road trip is not in the Festiva but in our '04 Pontiac Montana, which doesn't really qualify as an econobox. It does however fit the "box" part of that.
For day 2 we have planned a relatively light driving day with a couple of museum visits along the way.