I don’t know if Ford knows this but the drive from Saskatoon to Swift Current is a lot of fun. First of all you drive from Saskatoon to Rosetown which is no fun at all. Then once you turn south, the drive gets better. You get into some hills and curves. The scenery is great. There are giant wind farms. There is Saskatchewan Landing. Just thinking about taking that SUV down to Swift Current makes me smile. I love driving that road.
So why am I doing this? Well let’s get this out the way.
- I don’t work for Ford. Nor am I paid for anything that I write about Ford vehicles. They give me complete freedom to write what I think about their cars. Over the years when I have written about things that I may not like, I have been contacted by people from Ford asking for more feedback and ways I think it could work better. That’s it.
- Basically the only restrictions that Ford places on me is insurance related and I am not allowed to smoke in the car. Since I have never smoked, that isn’t an issue.
- For this trip, Ford Canada is paying for my hotel (at the Motel 6 in Swift Current), gas, and some of the food. I mention some of the food because I decided I wanted to pay for the red licorice I am buying tomorrow out of my own personal money. That way I don’t have to share if I don’t want to.
- Having thought long and hard about this but if I could own any car in the entire world, it would be a Ford Escape Titanium edition. You have your favorite vehicle, that is mine. I love that vehicle and every Ford I write about is compared to how it stacks up to that car.
Okay, so I mentioned Ford is putting Wendy, Mark, Oliver and I up at the Motel 6 in Swift Current. The place looks like the inside of an Ikea show hotel. I can’t wait to take some photos and show you. I actually am nervous sleeping in it because I am afraid that someone is going to wander through and want to buy part a piece of furniture on their way to go and look at oversized coffee mugs. The most cutting edge hotel in Saskatchewan is a Motel 6 in Swift Current. Try to get your head around that.
There isn’t a lot to do in Swift Current but I will see what I can photograph and explore there. Several locals have given me some suggestions on where to eat.
Once we eat and are secured safely back into the Motel 6 with the NCAA basketball tournament on, I’ll post a review on how the 2016 Ford Explorer handles and a little bit about the trip.
One last thing, Mark is in driver’s ed but doesn’t quite have his learner’s license yet. In his (delusional) mind he was so close to test driving the Ford Explorer that he could taste it. Then I told him that he had to be either 18 or 21 to be able to drive one which pretty much crushed his spirits, hopes, and dreams. He was quite happy tonight to be able to ride in the front seat. As he said, “all he had to do was picture being in the U.K. and it was like he was driving.” I admire his spirit.