Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Victoria BC Canada
Model: 1985 GL1200 Limited Edition and 1995 GL1500 SE CDN Edition
Day 16 – July 9 – Baby Nugget City just outside Watson Lake to Bell II, BC just before the turn to Hyder, Alaska. Another nice day of travelling.
Up early, packed up, gas in the bike, and a nice breakfast. Hit the road about 0800.
Took the highway 37 junction towards Dease Lake, about 240 Kms. Saw black bear, red fox, and deer on the road. Sonya glimpsed a moose disappearing into the bush.
Road south is good, and as can be expected, rest stops are frequent and well advertised, but not much else going on.
Stumbled onto Jade City that is not on the maps, attachment Jade City 1. Nice stopping spot to look at what is happening in the BC jade market, attachment Road to Burn's Lake at jade City.
On with my rant, there are several grated bridges, but tried something different. Kept the speed up around 40 Kms/hr and the ride over these bridges is much better at speed. Will test again tomorrow.
Gassed up in Dease Lake at the local and I think only convenience store. Had a bite to eat at the deli that is shared with the hunting gear.
Almost the most expensive gas, but not quite. Have paid $1.89/litre, today paid $1.58/litre. Only saving grace is the bike is performing quite well with fuel economy of 18/19 Kms per litre. Doing very good through the mountains.
The road is quite good, scenery is spectacular, but blurs after a while, can only look at so many mountains, rivers, lakes and such.
Stopped at Bell II for the night just north some 155 Kms from Hyder. Nice place, not inexpensive. One hour free WIFI only with room. The room we have has no TV, microwave, fridge, and only cost $230.00 CDN for the night. The restaurant prices match as well. No cell coverage. There is gas at $1.51/litre.
We're cooking up some of the supplies we brought with us. Have to use them sometime. Boiled the water in the Jetboil, attachments Jetboil 1 and Jetboil 2. Re hydrated the stroganoff sauce, egg noodles, beef & mushrooms from Backpacker's Pantry, very tasty. Started with some teriyaki beef jerky, and finished dinner off with 1/2 of a cinnamon bun. The first night of camping we had the creamy beef and noodles with mushrooms by Alpineaire, also quite good. A fellow I met at the RV site at Baby Nugget mentioned that the breakfast ones aren't bad either – will be trying these at home.
Now for a daily rant. We are so attached to our electronics, some more than others. It may not be all the time, but when we stop, we like to check emails, and at the end of the day update our blog and such. Also need power to charge cell phones, and helmet communicators. This is a challenge when camping so it is recommended to have USB ports installed on your bike to do charging during the riding part of the day. Sonya did a great job researching all the places where we have stayed and WIFI was a requisite. What was not mentioned on some sites is that you have to pay for WIFI, and this can be expensive. It is further compounded when there is no cell phone coverage. Would recommend that before starting out, contact the places you are considering as nightly stops and get the info on what is available as the web sites do not always mention the little details such as no cell coverage, and having to pay for WIFI.
For those of you who have SHOEI Neotec II helmets and the integrated Sena communicators just a heads up. Charging the communicator takes the communicator offline. Don't know why, but ours do. Something else for your list.
Enough for tonight. Thanks for reading. Cheers
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