A bad BC trip, man...
I get restless, and I struck out last Friday from Vancouver BC at lunch for the North, expecting the Yukon, the slight chance of touching Alaska. I figured 3 days up, three down, one at the top and I could say I'd been there. I usually manage 900km a day and ride to enjoy the ride, and see what I see from the saddle.
25 km from town I got stuck in 2 hours of traffic jams on the highway, followed by 3 hours of rain.
Halfway through the Fraser Canyon I rounded a curve to find a truck in my lane, swerved and went over a chunk of fallen rock the size of a baby's head laying mid lane. The wheel felt round, but the handlebars now had a 15 degree counter clockwise spin on them. But they seemed firm, so I just continued.
Then I got a roofing nail just outside of Lac La Hache. Grabbed a hotel and got it fixed in the am. And had a second flat 1/2 an hour later. Finally left town about noon. Got to Chetwynd at 11pm.
Did get to race an elk- about the only wildlife I did see. Apart from a crow. And a chipmunk. And a crow eating a flattened chipmunk, and near Wonoma, what I'm sure was a crow eating a flattened crow.
Outside Fort Nelson I just had enough of trees. I hate trees. I think they should all be turned into bog roll. I gave up, went back to Fort Nelson, had a pizza and checked into the cheapest dive. I toyed with the idea of continueing the next day to Watson lake, then down the Cassiar Highway and jumping the border at Stewart to fullfill the "been to Alaska" quota.
I woke at 11:30 pm, went outside to meet some fellow riders who had just turned up, drank their whiskey, checked I could read a page of print at midnight (dusk- i had wanted to be able to read by the midnight sun, even if at dusk), and called the trip quits and rode south with them.
It was a lot more fun and made some friends and a sketchy plan to Panama was agreed on.
Points to note: fuel is sparse, 250km+ apart and not always available. I have carried a 1 gallon jerry can all my life when outside of my area. It was useful this time.
I ride an athsmatic 1978 CB400 twin, carry spare everything (tubes, cables, fuses, wire, extensive tool kit