Though windy we awoke to sunshine in Clinton. A quick check on the weather app showed it wouldn’t last for long. After making coffee and breakfast on our gas stove in the parking lot (no free breakfast) we packed up and were on the road by 9:30.
As you can tell by the pictures we have left the mountains behind and are now in flat to rolling (small) hill country of mostly pine forest and some open fields. The speed limit on the open road is 100 km/h (62 mph), slowing down to anywhere between 80 and 50 km/h when going through towns. The slower speed and mostly very courteous drivers make riding enjoyable. We continue up highway 97 and start hitting the rain around Williams Lake. During periods of rain the temperature would drop to 13C (55F), then go back up to 16-18C (low 60’sF) so we were both happy to have our heated gear to keep us comfortable. It rained off and on the rest of the way to Prince George where we checked into yet another motel, the North Star Inn & Suites.
Given that the temps in the morning are rather ‘crisp’ (Ha! More like long johns weather for wimps like me ;-)) we looked for and found a sporting goods store in Prince George – Atmosphere. We wanted to look for more warm clothing and this store was within walking distance to the motel.
Shopping isn’t my favorite activity to begin with, even less so after a day of riding. Nonetheless, the chance to find another layer of warm clothing was appealing. We spend quite a bit of time in the store but didn’t really find what we were looking for so I settled on a fleece pullover, some butane camping gas and Diane picked up a merino wool buff to wear around her neck and under her helmet.
By the time we left the store and made another stop for groceries I was tired and fading quickly. A quick meal (Tasty bite, avocado, cucumber, tortilla), some light surfing and I was out by 20:30.