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Where is Spring? The Free Press investigates

A snow show enthusiast makes the most of the lingering effects of winter walking past buried benches in the still deep snow covering the city. Things were a little frosty this morning when Randy and Joe set off on their search for Spring.  (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Looking for Spring
Free Press reporter Randy Turner and Free Press photojournalist hit the road on a 12 hour journey to find spring south of Winnipeg.  (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Free Press writer Randy Turner checks out the snow pack just inside the USA/Canada border.  (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Winnipegger Patrick Bowman packed up his family to head to Gulf of Mexico. Joe and Randy met up with him just inside the USA/Canada border. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Snow almost gone on I-29 between Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Train between Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota. Grass is certainly looking greener on the other side of the border.  (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
And they've hit double-digits! The North Dakota/South Dakota border was recording temperatures at 10 C.
A motorcyclist hits the road in Watertown, South Dakota. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The North Dakota/South Dakota border with temperatures at 10 C.  (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Waterfowl covers the skies Wednesday night north Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A lone tree soaks up the spring sun north of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Spring found in Sioux Falls, South Dakota! Michael Thompson, enjoys 15 C weather at the Prairie Green Golf Course Wednesday evening in a t-shirt at the driving range. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A snow show enthusiast makes the most of the lingering effects of winter walking past buried benches in the still deep snow covering the city. Things were a little frosty this morning when Randy and Joe set off on their search for Spring. - (Phil Hossack / Winnipeg Free Press)
Free Press reporter Randy Turner and Free Press photojournalist hit the road on a 12 hour journey to find spring south of Winnipeg. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Free Press writer Randy Turner checks out the snow pack just inside the USA/Canada border. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Winnipegger Patrick Bowman packed up his family to head to Gulf of Mexico. Joe and Randy met up with him just inside the USA/Canada border. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Snow almost gone on I-29 between Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Train between Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota. Grass is certainly looking greener on the other side of the border. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
And they've hit double-digits! The North Dakota/South Dakota border was recording temperatures at 10 C.
A motorcyclist hits the road in Watertown, South Dakota. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
The North Dakota/South Dakota border with temperatures at 10 C. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Waterfowl covers the skies Wednesday night north Sioux Falls, South Dakota. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
A lone tree soaks up the spring sun north of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Spring found in Sioux Falls, South Dakota! Michael Thompson, enjoys 15 C weather at the Prairie Green Golf Course Wednesday evening in a t-shirt at the driving range. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 26/3/2014 (2291 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

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?"

Fear and Longing: A quest to find spring. Two men, one mission, eight hamburgers, four tanks of gas. It's 12 C in SD.

RANDY TURNER / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Fear and Longing: A quest to find spring. Two men, one mission, eight hamburgers, four tanks of gas. It's 12 C in SD.

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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Updated on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:39 PM CDT: Updates photo

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