Travel Day One: Leg Four

October 2, 2020 – approximately 5:00 p.m.

Forgot about the train tracks … Yes, it’s true, we do have train tracks that go up into the Northwest Territories. I don’t know how far up, but at least to Hay River, I think to Fort Smith, and maybe (???) towards Fort Simpson? Maybe? I don’t know. But I do know they go to Hay River, and I’m fairly confident there are actually trains that still use it. Not that I’ve ever actually caught a train on those tracks north of High Level or into the NWT, but that doesn’t really mean anything. Besides, for the most part there’s a buffer of trees between the highway and the tracks, so it’s not entirely unlikely that I wouldn’t have noticed when a train was there. Right? Sure. At the point where I made this stop the tracks had not crossed the highway yet, so I had managed to forget — again — that there even were any tracks there. Rest assured, later on when I did cross the tracks I lifted my feet and made the required wish.

What’s that? You haven’t heard of making a wish when you cross the tracks? When I was a child my parents told us during our drives that if we lifted our feet off the floor or ground and made a wish while going over train tracks our wish could come true. It was clearly a way to pass the time in the car back in the day, but as I like to say, you can’t win if you don’t even play. So on the off chance that there’s anything to this making wishes business, to this day I still lift my feet off the floor of the car and make a wish when I go over train tracks.

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