It's been a long time since I've done anything more than a grocery run with my Domingo; my last adventure was the famous Ice Highway to Tuktoyaktuk, where I had lunch in the shadow of a pingo, a sort of thousand year slow motion ice volcano thing, the Big McLargeHuge version of a frost heave. Thus, mine is the Pingo Domingo. Last week my parents were in town so Dad and I took a drive down to Tsiigehtchic. I did this once before in November but the ferry was closed for the winter and the ice bridge not yet open, so my trip ended at the river. Domingo's little tires do fit very nicely into the ruts left by other trucks, and the gravel highway is in places very deeply rutted, but this is a problem I'm familiar with from my first generation Civic so no big deal. Still, one must be prepared to drive the road conditions and slow down when required. Domingo also has some aerodynamic issues, not at the front but at the back; within 50km, so much dust on the road was vacuumed up on to the rear third of the van that the windows were absolutely pitch black opaque. That's probably why I didn't notice the pickup behind me. And despite the fact that, on a particularly smooth section of road, I was doing 5 km/h over the speed limit uphill, Mr. Monster Truck felt the need to prove his manhood by passing the little microvan. And since there was traffic coming down the hill, Mr. Monster Truck had to cut in close in front of me, throwing rocks into my windshield. Less than three minutes later, he was stopped in front of me in the ferry lineup, so his aggressive driving style clearly paid off. No, I did not have words with him. Yes, I really, really wanted to. Didn't let that ruin a good drive, though. Played a bit with a Sirius satellite radio receiver until the free trial ran out; it does not work well if you stuff the antenna between the sunroof and its blackout panel, but if used as directed it works well depending on terrain. Met up with a bunch of Calgary YMCA kids doing a canoe trip down the entire Mackenzie River. Saw a fox that had just caught himself a rabbit. Domingo got 9.3L/100km (30.13mpg), which is respectable for gravel road. Good thing, too, at $1.69/L (US$6.47/gal) for mid-grade! And windshield rock chip repairs in Inuvik are cheap ($50). Next month I will be re-winterizing Domingo. I tracked down a replacement thermostat (I was sent Tama Enterprises W44SB-82, 82 deg.C, and gasket P701. Tama's website warns it is dangerous to play baseball using the thermostat) and I'll be replacing the battery terminals so I can drop in a battery with North American standard posts (the original having been repeatedly flattened thanks to the daytime running light kludge disabling the headlight buzzer; thanks Japanoid!).