Working our way back south, Prince George BC

The day starts off sunny as we backtrack a little to get to the highway 29 turnoff north of town. Another scenic ride as the road follows the Peace river as it meanders through the farm country. We make a short side trip to the W.A.C. Bennett Dam though the dam road itself is closed. Impressive nonetheless.

We rejoin highway 97 south where traffic picks up and the cloud density increases. The terrain changes as well, getting more mountainous.  As we ride along 97 we pass small outposts of civilization but they are usually nothing more than a gas station. It all still looks and feels remote. The clouds open up again on us around McLeod Lake for about 15 minutes.

Campground choices are limited as we get closer to Prince George. The two that we knew of are right off the highway which has now become very busy and thus noisy. Neither looks appealing plus the weather isn’t that great and the thought of battling mosquitoes makes the decision to hotel it pretty easy. We end up at the Riviera City Centre Inn in downtown. It doesn’t compare to the Best Western Plus we were just at but it’ll have to do. At least the wi-fi is fast, the shower is hot and there are no mosquitoes.


Todays route.

More ALCAN to Fort St. John

Amazing how dependent we’ve become on the internet. We always feel crippled with our planning when we can’t check the weather app for where we’re headed or Google maps to verify distances. Our first stop was to get to Ft. Nelson to get online to decide how far we could get today as well as restock groceries.

The ride to Ft. Nelson was short coming out of the mountains back into gently rolling hills terrain. After rains the night before, the weather was crisp but the sun was out and, for once, we didn’t wear our heated gear but rather an extra layer under our jackets. Temps hovered between 65ºF – 73ºF and we both removed our extra layer when we got to Ft. Nelson. While I went into the Sav-on grocery store to restock Diane made some calls to hotels in Fort St. John.  We originally picked Pink Mountain as a potential stopping point and camp spot as we weren’t sure if we’d make it all the way to Fort St. John. Just to be on the safe side Diane inquired about rooms at various hotels, all good, rooms were available.

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On the ALCAN Highway heading back south

The famous ALCAN and we are riding it. We wouldn’t make it all the way to Ft. Nelson so found a lodge/campground about 100km east of Ft. Nelson. However, before leaving Watson Lake we had to check out the Signpost Forest. The forest reflects the international attraction the Yukon and Alaska hold with travelers coming long distances to see this part of the world.

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Alaska proper will have to wait

:-o. What?!

Should have listened. Throughout the planning process Diane mentioned she wasn’t ready to ride Alaska. Her two bug-a-boos were road construction (gravel) and bears. I put it off as jitters, that she would get passed that once we started riding. The opposite happened. The closer we got to wild country the more vocal  they became.

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Into the Yukon Territory to Watson Lake, YT

Damn, it’s cold this morning. The readout from my motorcycle dashboard says 4C (39F). My fingers turn to icicles as I get coffee and breakfast ready. Cannot feel my little toes and my nose drips like a leaky faucet – sorry for the unpleasant picture. I must have some kind of genetic defect because cold just goes right through me. Oh well. We did our sun worship routine once it cleared the pine trees ;-).

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Up the Cassiar Highway to Dease Lake, BC

Lots of dew over night made for a wet tent to pack up. Given the chilly temperature in the morning other campers were probably wondering, “what are those two guys doing, holding their coffee/tea mugs and standing like statues in the sun?” – trying to warm up since the campsites are usually shaded in the AM and ours was no exception.

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Blue skies and sun to Stewart, BC

We were greeted to blue skies and sunshine when leaving Smithers this morning. Absolutely beautiful riding weather though heated gear was still called for. We continued on Highway 16 as the road wound it’s way along a river to Kitwanga where we took highway 37, also know as the Cassiar Highway, north.

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No way to get around the rain, Clinton BC

A band of rain across all of British Columbia meant we would see rain today as we started heading north. After a mosquito-free two days, we packed up camp this morning and left Osoyoos on highway 3 through a stretch of country dense with vineyards and orchards. There are a number of fruit stands along the way, mostly selling cherries, but we don’t have room in the panniers to stop and buy. Continuing on, we take highway 5A and then 97C north towards Prince George, BC.

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