Hi folks, sorry didn't post last night, but the Hi-Speed Wifi advertised in Hyder was not so fast, took all night just to upload pics to flickr.
Had a great ride from Prince George to Hyder, stopped in Vanderhoof for a coffee and muffin, as I was going up to pay for said coffee and muffin, I spied these little pies called Butter Tarts, now this triggers something deep in my memory as a kid groing up in Quebec, hmmmm, so I add one to my pile of breakfast. Man was it good, imagine a small pecan pie, minus the nuts, and the suger has been carmilized on top. I am glad I didn't get 2,3,4.....
After I topped off and was back on the road,I was thinking to myself, self, we have not seen any wildlife yet. Carefull what your thinking cause just as I round a turn, not 15-20 ft. from the edge of the road is a big black BEAR. He was digging at a root of a stump, and he looks up just as we are at the closest point, never made eye contact with a bear, I think we were both too surprised too move, Well, I was already moving, I am riding my bike you know, Eh.
Alot of the ride I felt like I was in the Swiss Alps or Germany, the mountains are snow covered and there was a definate Nip in the air. Stopped at Smithers for lunch at an A&W, they have fry's and they have Poutin, which is fries covered in gravy, mmmmmm. As I am leaving Smithers, there is a big Billboard, with pictures of three teenage girls, and a note on the bottom telling folks to educate their kids not to Hitch Hike, Hiway 16 is called the road of tears, I read they have had a serial killer along that road and he has not been caught yet.
Better gas up if you don't hve a big tank at the 16/37 junction, the gas station at Meziadin Lake is now closed, so next gas is either Stewart or Ikus, long way....I made it with 40 miles range left, and I have the adventure tank, 8.7 plus 3/4 gal. more with gas filler tube drilled and doughnut removed.
The pass to Hyder on 37A was an interesting ride, with the year round avalanch warning signs, and the lake at the top of the pass was still frozen solid. There is also a glacier going into it. Hyder is prepping for the Hyder seek bunch showing up in 2 weeks. BTW, you have to go to Stewart for meals, no resteraunt in Hyder. And also you better take your passport, cuz there is a canadian border crossing but not a US one, go figure.
The ride from Hyder to Watson lake, proved to be my entry into the off road world, did about 60 miles of off road since the hiway was torn up due to frost heave, don't know why they call it heave, they are sudden dips! Also saw more wildlife, two black bears, two caribou, a moose, 7-8 Dahl sheep, and a robin poof, bet you are wondering what a robin poof is, well, when you hit one, the feathers go poof all around you....grin. Then there was the Quail, which hoped had gone poof, but when I stopped to take the Yukon sign picture, there arose a mighty stink, got off the bike and looked in front, and there wedged between my exhaust, block and cylinder head, I find what is lweft of a quail. he has burned unto my exhaust, and there are guts all over the cylinder head and block, not to mention my foot! You can see the pictures in my flickr page.
Next Stop, Haines Junction !