THE BARE FOREST AWAITS...
Morning tow to the North Bay Canadian Tire - nice local chap picked us up...your typical small-town, no-nonsense Canuck.
Turns out the belt which broke runs the air pump, which basically functions as a means to dilute the car's emissions. & it burned up because the air pump had siezed. This model of air pump is no longer available, so we not only couldn't replace that, but replacing the belt was pointless. The friendly mechanics at Canada's greatest home & automotive store sent us on our way, saying that our car was indeed safe to drive the remaining 3,000 kilometres back home to Vancouver & that we would even notice no difference in our gas mileage.
But boy, does the car reek now :(
So we washed up in the bathroom there, davened in the garage waiting room & headed on our adventure to Thunder Bay...
...& ended up staying in White River. The sun was going down & we just didn't want to end up as two of the annual summer human/moose fatalities along that stretch of the Trans Canada Highway. I was really looking forward to Shabbes in Winnipeg with the Benarroch family, & didn't want an animal heavier than our car crushing us in the meantime. There's still too much Torah to learn!
Turns out, White River is where Winnie the Pooh was born!
You learn something every day...G@d willing...