Moose Country Minute – September 08 2018

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Listeners of this segment are no doubt getting tired of hearing me bitch about my many woes over the summer getting out to do some serious fishing.

The 1970s-vintage outboard motor on my 14-foot aluminum fishing boat had broken down not once but twice, and has left me stranded in the middle of two lakes, also not once but twice.

That engine is now in a junk pile, and I how have a slightly used 9.9 hp four-stroke attached to the stern.

This weekend was supposed to be the weekend it got its first workout, my plan involving returning to Golden Lake near Killaloe where I had previously marked some massive-sized walleye in 60 feet of water within some very narrow space.

But it never happened.

Coming back from Montreal earlier in the week, there was suddenly a helluva racket coming from the rear end of my Jeep Wrangler, a real thump-thump-thump.

As I was pulled off to the side of the highway, the right rear-end of the Jeep suddenly plunged to the ground as I watched my rear wheel roll down the road.

Who thinks of a wheel coming off a supposedly made-for-the-off-road-life vehicle like a Jeep, particularly when it has less than 150,000 klicks on the odometer?

Certainly not me.

But, man oh man, what a mess? Everything was chewed up. Brake pads, calibres, disc. You name it, all destroyed.

Naturally my Jeep is the only vehicle in the family with a towing packaging. Ergo, no boat hauling and no fishing.

It has not been the best of summers.