Posts From BC

The journey continues (Rest Area on Canada 1, BC)

Journal entry for Thursday 11th Aug, 2016 (day 17, miles 2408)

So we are on the road again and the "journey continues". Since the last entry we have been back to our house in Washington, to undertake a series of chores that deserve no discussion. In addition we had a visit from our eldest son Brendon and we accompanied him into the mountains of British Columbia where Nina and I played support team to a brief solo mountain biking expedition. to read the full post

Picturesque camp (Nahatlatch Lake, BC)

Journal entry for Friday 12th Aug, 2016 (day 18, miles 2528)

We expect today to be a bit of a model for our time in British Columbia. A relative short day in terms of mileage, but a good stretch of that mileage on rocky roads, and at the end of the day a really picturesque campsite (this time beside a glacial lake). There is not much to say about such a day that is not captured in the photos. to read the full post

A trap for the unwary (Carpenter Lake, BC, BC)

Journal entry for Saturday 13th Aug, 2016 (day 19, miles 2671)

Gun Creek Camp Ground, where we camped tonight, is located in the bed of Carpenter Lake where Gun Creek enters the lake. The campground is provided and maintained by BCHydro and the lake is a source of water for a BCHydro generating plant. Just near the campground is the site of an old town that was flooded when the lake filled after the damming of Bridge River. The campground is very popular as 4x4 types can easily access the dry floor of the lake to have some fun, and make some dust, in the dry silt. However, as we discovered the dry silt might be fun but when wet the stuff makes for getting quickly and thoroughly stuck. to read the full post

Hurley Wilderness (Lilloet Fire Road, BC)

Journal entry for Sunday 14th Aug, 2016 (day 20, miles 2728)

We did a bit of exploring around Gold Bridge this morning before heading down the Hurley Wilderness road, a summer only road that provides a short cut to Pemberton from Gold Bridge, it was quite rough and rocky as it seems to get a lot of traffic that is in a hurry. to read the full post

A day in Pemberton (Twin One CG, BC)

Journal entry for Monday 15th Aug, 2016 (day 21, miles 2771)

Into Pemberton this morning for the usual type of chores after a few days in the "wilderness", groceries, internet, real coffee, a visit to the Visitor Info center. to read the full post

A few hikes (Birkenhead Lake CG, BC)

Journal entry for Tuesday 16th Aug, 2016 (day 22, miles 2828)

The day started with another rescue mission. One of the other campers at Twin One had managed to flatten their vehicle's battery overnight and came calling asking for a jump start; which of course we did. We like to pay it forward, we have been helped by other people many times. to read the full post

A rest day (Birkenhead Lake, BC)

Journal entry for Wednesday 17th Aug, 2016 (day 23, miles 2828)

A rest day at Birkenhead Lake, a short hike, and some general relaxing in the forest and by the lake. to read the full post

Highline Road (Gun Creek CG, BC)

Journal entry for Thursday 18th Aug, 2016 (day 24, miles 2913)

Today we traveled back to the Goldbridge area via a spectacular series of roads. The first of these was called the Highline Road, and it was well named. It followed the western shore of Anderson Lake but was cut high on the valley wall rather than on the lake front. Spectacular, with a number of really steep rough climbs. At the Northern end of Anderson Lake was a short section of flat road through Seton Portage to Seton Lake and the village of Shalalth, and then a 3000 ft climb and descent over Mission Mountain Road to Carpenter lake, Goldbridge and a return visit to Gun Creek CG. to read the full post

Washing day (Clinton, BC)

Journal entry for Friday 19th Aug, 2016 (day 25, miles 3031)

Another warm summers day and a stop in Lillooet to do some laundry before heading up highway 99 and then 97 to the town of Clinton to a real campground with showers and electricity. I felt the need to give the camper batteries some real electricity as we have been having trouble getting them fully recharged. The electrical system in the ER seems inadequate but I have not entirely worked out what the problem is. At some point I will do an entry devoted to electrical issues. to read the full post

Roast Lamb (Little Big Bar CG, BC)

Journal entry for Saturday 20th Aug, 2016 (day 26, miles 3059)

We hung around the campground this morning enjoying the nice sun and the camps wifi. In Clinton while filling up with fuel we got talking to a local guy who had ridden a motorcycle to Ushuaia, Argentina, you never can tell about people. to read the full post

The Mighty Fraser (Bull Canyon CG, BC)

Journal entry for Sunday 21st Aug, 2016 (day 27, miles 3198)

There was some cloud in the sky this morning and threat of rain (which eventually arrived) as we got onto the road for a pleasant drive through a series of valleys and eventually along an escarpment beside the Fraser River with really spectacular views. Finally the road dropped off the escarpment and down to a steel bridge across the river where to our surprise we met up with the motorcyclists from last nights camp. There after followed a discussion about our proposed route. They thought they had found the correct road but it was rough and boulder covered, so not to their liking. to read the full post

Boring (Dugan Lake CG, BC)

Journal entry for Monday 22nd Aug, 2016 (day 28, miles 3287)

Not a very interesting day. After a fast drive from last nights camping spot (the first of the two photos below) to Williams Lake we spent over half the day in the car park of either Walmart or Canadian Tire catching up on "business". to read the full post

Déjà Vu (Greeny Lake, BC)

Journal entry for Tuesday 23rd Aug, 2016 (day 29, miles 3354)

As we headed to our chosen camping spot this afternoon, Greeny Lake near Lac La Hache, it dawned on us that we stayed at this very same park on our way north in 2009. A quick look at our blog confirmed this and even gave us a date 3/31/2009. As you can see from the pictures below conditions today are a bit different from that previous visit. to read the full post

Backroad wanderings (Howard Lake, BC)

Journal entry for Wednesday 24th Aug, 2016 (day 30, miles 3416)

We spent the day following various backroads past a series of picturesque lakes finally arriving at Howard lake for our nights resting place. to read the full post

Mushrooms (Latremouille Lake, BC)

Journal entry for Thursday 25th Aug, 2016 (day 31, miles 3511)

Our backroad wanderings continued today and a series of logging and other gravel roads led us past a series of lakes. The wet nature of the countryside produced a good supply and variety of fungii and the bright sunshine had us more than a bit carried away with the photography. to read the full post

Bears and Beavers (Deadman Lake, BC)

Journal entry for Friday 26th Aug, 2016 (day 32, miles 3610)

We continued our wanderings this morning heading south along forest roads from Bridge Lake with the plan on getting to the area around Castle Rock Hoodoos Provincial Park. But that proved a little more challenging than we had expected as we had to reconcile differences between various maps. The result of this resolution was that we ended up traveling along Brigade Creek Fire Service Road. It was clear from the start of this 12 mile section of road that it was little used as there were no tire marks in the sand, an impression that was eventually reinforced by a series of fallen trees blocking our path. So we spent some of our time either pulling trees off the road with the front winch or simply pushing them out of the way with the front bumper. The final mile of the road was a steep descent into Deadman Creek and we were nervous for a while that we would be faced with an impassable crossing of that creek; but all was well. to read the full post

A nice lakeside camp (Leighton Lake CG, BC)

Journal entry for Saturday 27th Aug, 2016 (day 33, miles 3669)

It was raining this morning, and the road was now muddy, as we traveled North along Deadman Valley to Vidette Resort. We just wanted to get as far up the valley as we could to see if we could unravel some of yesterdays navigation confusion. to read the full post

Starting the day with a short hike (Princeton, BC)

Journal entry for Sunday 28th Aug, 2016 (day 34, miles 3784)

We got off to a healthy start today with a 3 mile hike around the lake, pleasant weather and nice views. Thereafter the day was about getting to Princeton. Though of course we chose not to follow the obvious highways but instead chose Kane Valley Rd, Voght Valley Rd, and Otter Lake Rd to Tulameen. to read the full post

A visit with friends and family (Vaseux Lake, BC)

Journal entry for Tuesday 30th Aug, 2016 (day 36, miles 3895)

We spent a couple of nights with some of Nina's Canadian family at their house on Vaseux Lake in the Okanagan region of BC. They were kind enough to conduct us on a tour of a few of the local vineyards, show us some of the local wild life, as well as allow us to enjoy the tranquility of their loverly lakeside cottage. to read the full post

Lakeside living (Summerland, BC)

Journal entry for Wednesday 31st Aug, 2016 (day 37, miles 3983)

Just a short drive today to a resort town called Summerland situated on the western side of Lake Okanagan. This is a really popular vacation and retirement place. The campground we stayed seemed to be fully occupied by "permanents" and advertised itself as "affordable lakeside living". The travelers like us that wanted a nights camping got relegated to the "grass area" without facilities. to read the full post

Train trestles (Kelowna, BC)

Journal entry for Friday 2nd Sep, 2016 (day 39, miles 4027)

We spent the nights of September 1st and 2nd with some more of Nina's Canadian family in Kelowna. We were more than a bit spoiled by this visit, a house with fabulous views, king sized bed, great food and lots of "catching up". On Friday (2nd) our hosts took us for a tour of the area including a nice long walk along part of the old Kettle Valley Railway. This was originally a spur line from the Trans-Cancada to link towns of the Okanagan Valley into Canadian commerce rather than have then ship goods in and out through the US. The line is now a cycle and walking track, with the highlight being the many wood trestles. to read the full post

The last weekend (Sugar Lake, BC)

Journal entry for Saturday 3rd Sep, 2016 (day 40, miles 4120)

After saying our goodbyes this morning we made our way through surprisingly thick traffic into downtown Kelowna to do some shopping and then north towards Vernon before turning onto Highway 6. A little bit past Lumby we turned off the highway and headed towards Sugar Lake Recreation Area wondering whether we would be able to find a camping spot. It was, after all, the labor day weekend in a sense the last weekend of summer. to read the full post

More language lessons (Nakusp Hot Springs, BC)

Journal entry for Sunday 4th Sep, 2016 (day 41, miles 4237)

A nice relaxing day wandering along some of the lesser highways of British Columbia. We saw our first bunch of logs in a river/lake getting ready for transportation, caught a ferry and spent some time watching an Osprey (I think thats what it was) fly around its enormous nest waiting for us to depart. Late in the day we arrived at Nakusp Hot Springs. I had been keen to sample the hot water but one look at the crowd put me off, more like a stew than a spa. Having forgone the bath we decided to take a camping site at the place and thereby got another language lesson when the manager asked if we wanted a 'hydro' site we answered NO thinking a hydro site must be one with water. It was only later that we realised in British Columbia 'hydro' is a synonym for electricity as for many years BC Hydro was the only producer and distributor of electricity. to read the full post

Another beautiful forest walk (Crawford Bay, BC)

Journal entry for Monday 5th Sep, 2016 (day 42, miles 4330)

We started our day in an energetic and healthy manner taking a long walk (5 miles) along a forest track that once (before 1960) was the only access, by horse back, to the hot springs. As you can see from the photos the walk presented us with a lot of mushroom opportunities. By the time our walk was over the campground was pretty much deserted and throughout the mornings drive we saw lots of RVs and cars carrying camping gear on the road presumably heading home. to read the full post

Closed and cold (Palmer Bar Crk, BC)

Journal entry for Tuesday 6th Sep, 2016 (day 43, miles 4447)

Cool and windy today with occasional rain. Already, just a few days after labor day we see campgrounds and other tourist attractions closed for the season. The wind was good for someone however. This afternoon we stopped for a break at a Provincial Park and watched while a group of sail-boarders made the most of the wind. to read the full post

Biggest Truck (Kananaskis Trunk Road, BC)

Journal entry for Wednesday 7th Sep, 2016 (day 44, miles 4590)

A few photos this morning of last nights camping spot and the nearby bridge with a small hole in the deck and then back on to Highway 6 toward the resort town of Fernie. Along the way we stopped to look at Th Biggest Truck in the World in the mining town of Sparwood, though from what I can see on google the Belaz 75710 (built in Belarussia) with a payload of 496 tons is a more likely candidate for the title. to read the full post

Not entirely solo (Nanaimo, BC)

Journal entry for Saturday 23rd Jun, 2018 (day 1, miles 175)

For the first two days of this adventure I am accompanied by a friend named Todd, so I have to admit that the journey is not entirely solo. But only a small cheat. to read the full post

Sea to Sky (Lillooet, BC)

Journal entry for Sunday 24th Jun, 2018 (day 2, miles 323)

We were pleasantly surprised this morning to find that the campground had a cafe that opened at 8:00 so morning coffee was pretty easy to organize. So once fortified we packed and headed to the ferry terminal to await the loading of the vessel to Horse Shoe Bay. By the time loading started there were a large pack of bikes of all kinds most laden down with gear for an extended journey. to read the full post

Storms shorten the day (100 Mile House, BC)

Journal entry for Monday 25th Jun, 2018 (day 3, miles 446)

Highway 99 continued past Lillooet this morning and continued to be great riding and spectacular scenery; the weather even continued acceptable. At the intersection with Highway 12 is the town of Cache Creek and here I had breakfast before continuing north on 12. Soon the weather deteriorated with torrential rain, high wind and even hail. to read the full post

Roadhouse philosophy (Prince George, BC)

Journal entry for Tuesday 26th Jun, 2018 (day 4, miles 659)

Yesterdays storm was gone this morning to be replaced by crystal clear sky and bright sun which displayed the countryside wonderfully. However without the usual expedition photographer along on this journey the job of capturing the scenery and recording events fell to me. I just hope I am up to the task. to read the full post

Forest (Smithers, BC)

Journal entry for Wednesday 27th Jun, 2018 (day 5, miles 893)

Today my route took me West along Highway 16 a somewhat less busy road than Highway 97 of the previous couple of days. The weather continued generally fine but with a strong buffeting wind that made riding a little less pleasant than normal. to read the full post

Leaving civilization - sort of (Bell 2, BC)

Journal entry for Thursday 28th Jun, 2018 (day 6, miles 1118)

Two milestones today. to read the full post

The Yukon (Boya Lake Provincial Park, BC)

Journal entry for Friday 29th Jun, 2018 (day 7, miles 1358)

Heading North this morning from Bell 2 was more of the mountains, forests, good lonely road of yesterday. Though a little spice was added by patchy rain showers that sometimes were quite heavy. The rain slowed me down some what as I am still a bit of a novice to this motorcycle stuff and I don't want to misjudge a corner in the wet. Late morning, some what before Dease Lake I called into Tatogga Lake Resort a campground and restaurant housed in a quaint log building where I had breakfast (or as it is becoming the days main meal). to read the full post

Bears and Bison (Laird Hot Springs, BC)

Journal entry for Wednesday 18th Jul, 2018 (day 26, miles 3770)

It was raining this morning so packing up my gear was a bit of a chore, trying to do everything inside the tent so as not to get all my gear wet. The rain also meant that this mornings ride was about "getting there" rather than taking in my surroundings. However after a couple of hours the rain intervals lessened and I became a little more observant of my surroundings. to read the full post

Muncho and Stone Mountain (Fort Nelson, BC)

Journal entry for Thursday 19th Jul, 2018 (day 27, miles 5025)

This morning as I passed Laird Hot Springs I saw that the parking lot was crammed with motorhomes and tents. Apparently a lot of people, like me, discovered the campground and lodge full last evening. However they apparently are more creative than me and simply occupied the parking lot. The crowded nature of the parking lot confirmed my decision to give the hot springs a miss. Later in the day Nina informed me that, according to the Milepost, the Laird Hot Springs is one of the most popular attractions on the ALCAN. to read the full post

No services for .. (Fort St John, BC)

Journal entry for Friday 20th Jul, 2018 (day 28, miles 5485)

Before setting out this morning I had a conversation with a bicycle rider who had also overnighted in the campground. Turns out the guy was French and like me was headed towards Fort St John. However he expressed to me that he had a problem. Seems there is no camping ground along that route for well over 100 kilometers and that he did not want to just camp in the forest beside the road, we was nervous of bears. Well once I got under way I was immediately confronted by a sign that encapsulated the Frenchman's concern; it read Check your fuel. No services for 144 kms (thats over 110 miles). And it turned out that the sign was correct, the first fuel stop, indeed maybe even the first occupied building, was a lodge at Buckinghorse River. For me the lodge provided a welcome stop for a traditional breakfast and a place to get fuel for the next leg of the journey. to read the full post

The Peace (Prince George, BC)

Journal entry for Saturday 21st Jul, 2018 (day 29, miles 5780)

From St John this morning I back tracked a little to the start of BC Highway 29 that heads south along the Peace River to Hudson's Hope. There is obviously a political dispute surrounding the Peace River as I saw many signs arguing against the idea of a hydro power scheme on the Peace. After Hudson's Hope the route left the Peace and eventually caught up with the Pine River and followed that for miles. Today was another day of no services for ... so my French friend from Fort Nelson would have had (will have?) further camping dilemmas. to read the full post

Mt Robson (Lucerne Provincial Park, BC)

Journal entry for Sunday 22nd Jul, 2018 (day 30, miles 6004)

There is no doubt that today is Mount Robson day, though there were many miles between the start of day and that mountain, many miles of good road and forest (did I say forest!). Before getting to the mountain itself one drops into a valley that the locals call and signpost as Robson Valley, but which is geographically a valley of the Fraser River. In this valley I came upon the small (microscopic ?) town of McBride and stopped in at the old railway station that has been converted to a cafe and art/curio shop. Here I had a lunch of soup and toast. The cook promised me that the soup was 17 bean soup, but I could only identify two variety of beans. Never the less the soup and conversation was pleasant. to read the full post

Icefield Parkway (Radium Hot Springs, BC)

Journal entry for Tuesday 24th Jul, 2018 (day 32, miles 6288)

For a little while this morning the rest day gamble seemed like it might not pay off, as the mountains were all covered in cloud as I started out this morning. But by the time I got to the Columbia Icefield the cloud was broken and sun was showing through. I tried to capture a smattering of the sights along this really picturesque route. I have travelled this road a number of times but never failed to be awed by just how much spectacular mountain and lake scenery is packed into this single road. to read the full post

Rogers Pass and other things (Castlegar, BC)

Journal entry for Wednesday 25th Jul, 2018 (day 33, miles 6606)

Today I was very much in the mood of "heading for home" which was remiss of me for there was a lot of great scenery along the way and I did not give it the photographic attention it deserved. From Radium this morning I made an early start and followed the Columbia River (and highway 95) north to the town of Golden a major rail head town and a watering hole on the Trans-Canada Highway (or Highway 1 as it is also called). For me it was also breakfast. to read the full post