The talk around the newsroom boardroom was filled with despair about this winter of our discontent, with frozen pipes, ice-crusted snowbanks and no real sign of spring.
And then amid the despair, a question emerged: "Just how far south would you need to drive to finally see a sign of spring, like no snow and green grass?"
It was a question that demanded an answer, so this morning with a sunrise temperature of -17 C, we dispatched award-winning reporter Randy Turner and award-winning photographer Joe Bryksa in a Free Press car pointed south.
Their journalistic mission is a simple one: document the journey and the temperature as they try to escape the polar vortex.
As they travel south in search of spring, you will be able to follow their progress by way of instagrams and tweets here.
At one level, this has all the makings of a classic road movie – Easy Rider, Rain Man or even Beavis and Butthead Do America. But at another level, we trust it will give all of us stuck here – in so far below normal temperatures that we can’t even fathom spring – some hope that the thaw might be just around the corner.
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