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Day 1 started out well. Last minute packing and changing the placement of a few items. Headed out and caught the 0700 ferry to the mainland. Lovely breakfast buffet on these BC ferries. Would have taken the 0600 ferry, but no buffet, life's too short to not start off on a good note. Met up with a couple of friends who are off to Alberta to do some varmint shooting for some farmers. They travel a bit faster so were about an hour in front of us.

Not into the photo mode yet, but will get into the swing of things.

My friends followed me for a bit when we left the ferry, very complimentary of how the trailer was tracking behind the bike. Had a look at the tire track when the road was wet and only one track behind the bike.

First stop off the ferry was at Tims in Hope before the trek on the Coquihalla, quickest way to Kamloops. Stopped for fuel in Merritt. Cheapest gas so far at $1.179/litre, much better than the $1.379/litre in Victoria, Hope was $1.259/litre. During the gas stop in Merritt was told of an accident on the Coq about half way to Kamloops. Apparently there was a weather front that came through, dropped hail/snow and a ton of water, and three/four cars went for a **** in a hand basket. Upended, overturned, hydroplaned, whatever. My friends saw the incident and phoned to warn us. We were about an hour back, stopped for 40 minutes in the rain. Saw one of the cars on a flatbed, demolished. Haven't heard of any injuries or such. I was driving quite gingerly during this rain.

Made it into Kamloops for a rest stop. Weather cleared up a bit, made for a nice ride into Clearwater where we have stayed the night. Nice little hamlet, quite civilized, has a Tim Horton's, A&W, and a Dairy Queen, couple of pubs.

Had all the weather of the four seasons. Low temp of 6 deg C, high of 20 deg C, dry and wet with a sprinkling of hail and snow. Not bad for one day. Roads are in good condition. The ruts that trucks make in the road move the bike a bit. With Sonya on and towing the trailer, 100 Kms/hr is a nice speed. Also getting good fuel economy that is surprising me, 17/18 Kms/litre (you can do the conversion - 3.78 litres per USG or 4.5 for imperial gallon), it's quite good.

Today we're heading to Hinton, Alberta. Good day shaping up. Will be cool this morning.

Here are a couple of pics, will get Sonya in there as well. Cheers
 

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Day 2 dawned with great promise. Started the day off well with a coffee at Tim's and browsing the forums. Had breakfast at the Old Caboose Pub, not expensive, but it's hard to find a cheap breakfast for under $10.00.

On the road by about 0900, and had a lovely start to the ride. Water in the rivers is a brilliant light emerald green, extremely cold, but captivating.

Riding with no rain is a treat, but didn't last long. After about 150 Kms, more wet, suited up in Valemount. Did another 150 Kms into Jasper for a quick bite to eat. Rain abated after Jasper, and the ride into Hinton, Alberta was much more pleasant.

Gas was reasonable by Victoria standards. $1.349 in Clearwater and $1.209 in Jasper. Roads are extremely good with some construction going on. The scenery was spectacular when it wasn't raining. I am not a good stop and do photos when it is raining. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. We're off to Dawson Creek for a three day walk about, apparently lots to do and see.

Have to say that riding in the rain for long distances is fatiguing and tiresome. Would rather be doing an iron butt ride in good weather.

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Ernest, I totally agree on the Iron-Butt vs Rain...

Wacky weather this year! Don't know what altitude the snow photo was, but last week the Colorado mountains got another half-foot of the stuff, Arapahoe Basin Ski resort is still open this weekend, and last I heard they expect to be open for skiing the July 4th weekend, too.

But the cool weather is coming to an end, Denver is expecting to see its first days in the 90's starting today (extremely late) and this will likely put an end to the ski season after the 4th.

Ride safe, :15white: and keep the photos coming!
 

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Unusual rig you have. How many wheels does it have?
Its amazing to see snow in late June.
Its quite hot around here with temps mid 90 F but Id rather have that then bellow 50F
Always told myself I'd never tow a trailer, but times change as do requirements. Had a two wheel trailer but sold it, didn't like the swivel hitch concept. This is a uni wheel, wheel at the rear - 16 inch bike tire, front wheel off a Buell and it tracks the same as the bike. Bike leans it leans to match. The hitch is articulated for low speed turning. Tucks in nicely behind. The width is a plus as you don't have to worry about where it will go, fits where the bike goes.
 

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Looks very cool. But half the weight will rest on the hitch.
Long time ago I was to buy a trailer . But i realized I dont really need one.
Another thing I learned is"never say never" as things and situations are continually changing
 

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Ernest,
is this suitable for your Avatar?





if so, I can do that for you, you can change it any time you like, every other day if you find something you like better.
John - here's the picture. That's one big beaver in the back.
 

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Looks very cool. But half the weight will rest on the hitch.
Long time ago I was to buy a trailer . But i realized I dont really need one.
Another thing I learned is"never say never" as things and situations are continually changing
I am finding that the front to back loading is not as critical as the side to side. You can tell when the load has shifted to one side or the other. It's a learning experience having this on behind the bike. Cheers
 

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Day 3 - June 26 - has come and gone. Into Dawson Creek for a few days to visit the town and enjoy the sites. Day dawned well and no rain in sight. However, this was to be proven wrong.

The road from Hinton to Grande Cache was not bad, but as we got closer to Grande Cache the road improved. There are no amenities en route - 145 Kms - on highway 40, from Hinton to Grande Cache but the scenery is spectacular.

Grande Cache is a small town and when you enter Grande Cache on the highway there is an ESSO and FasGas, A&W, and some other restaurants. Do not miss this gas stop, because once you leave Grande Cache for Grande Prairie, it's 184 Kms with no gas or other amenities. The highway is very good as is the scenery. Unfortunately we hit rain for the rest of the ride into Grande Prairie with construction as well. Bike got very dirty this time.

Gas prices were quite good. $1.24/litre in Grande Cache, $1.14/litre in Grand Prairie.

Took time out in Grande Prairie to have a bite to eat at Tim's and clean the windscreen.

Road to Dawson Creek was good, scenery was nice. Stopped at Beaverlodge for a picture with the biggest beaver I've ever seen.

Stopped for a pic at the BC border. Hit rain on/off for the rest of the ride into Dawson Creek, good news, road is in good condition. Got into Dawson Creek about 1600.

Bike was very dirty so off to the car wash for a quick clean.

Going to be in Dawson Creek for a couple of days to sample the sites and stretch the pins. Bike has been working well, and the new trailer is towing well. Learning how to load it, have been experimenting as we go. A small change here and there.

Thanks for reading. Cheers
 

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safe travels enjoy the pics and the report, 1 year from today i'll be heading to Alaska cant wait, been a lot of planning, enjoy and stay safe!
 

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Fireshine - you are going to enjoy your trip. Lots of road time and no reason to stop. So far, lots of gas and places to stay. Roads up to Dawson Creek the way you are coming will be good.

Short update for Day four - 27 June. Staying at the George Dawson Inn just as you ride into town from the south. Reasonable rates, and lots of amenities. Car wash to clean your bike 2 doors down, pay by the minute. Tim's, McDs, Canadian Tire, Walmart and other restaurants very close. Downtown only 1.3 Km.

You get a breakfast and dinner chit with your room. The dinner chit is for a get one drink - second free, or $5.00 off your meal. Went in last night, Sonya had two Caesars, and I had the $5.00 off. We had soup and sandwich, and got to choose whatever sandwich was on the menu. My sandwich was a Reuban - made with roast beef - don't ask, Soya's was a Monte Cristo with cheddar cheese instead of mozza - don't ask. Both were pretty good, but the bill wsas outstanding. Sonya's drinks were free because we were staying at the inn, and I got $5.00 off the soup/sandwich price of $9.00. With tip - 20% - under $20.00 CDN.

Will be doing the breakfast this morning.

Two older gents came in last night so I took the opportunity to have a chat. They are on their way home to Wyoming and Utah after being on the road for some four weeks. Asked about the top of the world highway, specifically the section between Jack Wade and Chicken. They've been up here several times and have never rode this section as it is gravel, and apparently quite nasty. The border guards do not recommend touring bikes take this section on. Apparently a fellow on a GW last year tried, but had a fatal accident. Until it gets paved, won't be doing this section. Intend to ride a portion of the road to say BTDT.

Overcast day today. Hopefully no rain. Doing a walk about of Dawson Creek.

Forgot to mention that your biggest concern will be the drivers. On day 2 heading to Jasper and following a newly licensed driver (we have those stickers on the cars denoting this) crested a hill - two lane road - and saw a semi in our lane, passing on the uphill and not a lot of places to go. Quite interesting. Glad I was behind a slower driver, more time to react.

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Day 4 - June 27 - started off good as I mentioned in my other post. Sonya was mentioning that when she was booking our hotel, that closer to Mile "0", the more expensive the hotels. It's only about 1.3 Km to the Mile "0" and prices were about $60.00 more. Just a thought for those of you travelling.

Some of the pics are not so good, but photo work is not my forte so to speak, but trying.

Mile Zero: attachments Alaska Highway Start 1, Mile 0 - 4. Tried a selfie, attachment Mile 0 - 8.

The local museum, attachment Museum 2 and some old equip out front, attachment Old Equip.

We spent the day walking and seeing the historic sites. It has a rich past. Worker's memorial, attachment Workers Monument. There is a good local museum and exhibit about the making of the highway. If you are going to spend extra time in Dawson Creek, only need one day to see everything. One good place to go to is Stuie's Diner - good coconut cream pie.

Lots of murals to be seen as well, attachments Mural 2, Mural 3, Mural 6, Mural 1.

Now the bad news - rain and then more rain - got soaked, and getting tired of it. End of rant.

Thanks for reading/looking. Cheers
 

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