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On July 11, 2017, we arrive at the Walmart parking lot in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, in our motor home hauling our Ural bike. Our intention is to settle in for the night. We choose a site only 20 meters or so from another motor home with its owner’s Harley Davidson sitting beside it. We know we are in the right neighbourhood.
The following morning, the Harley’s owner asks what we have stored on our trailer behind our RV. Frank explains it is our Ural from Russia and waits for the man to respond. He is very excited to let us know that he also owns a bike with a sidecar attached – a Honda. He invites Frank to join him and his biker friends for a coffee at Timmy’s and away they drive in a Congo-like biker line.
|The Ural Hauls Anything|
Later, throughout the day, curious kids on their way to the ice-cream stand, and couples seeking a fun alternative to their car or truck, and those who had never seen a Ural bike ‘in person’, stop in our area and glance first at the Harley Davidson and give out an audible oh and then turn to the Ural and express a big oooh.
Frank entertains them with his extensive knowledge of the bike’s history and its capabilities. His captive audience is intrigued and full of questions. Our bike has a Ural Hoodie which Frank built and set up to protect me from rain and hot sun rays. Men and women are both impressed with it.
We use the Ural for many tasks including bringing the porta-pottie to the dump site at Canadian Tire.
The next day, our new biker friend brings his Honda with its sidecar and parks it beside his home away from home. The sidecar friends take excursions around the city for the next couple of days. We leave to enjoy the sites and sounds of another location here in Saskatchewan.