I decided to move pretty fast thru California, Oregon and Washington since I had already seen all that from the Harley and was anxious to get to Canada and that famed scenery. I left on Monday May 29th about 8:30 after making a nice breakfast for my sweetheart (needed to be extra nice since she will be taking care of things at my house while I am gone). :=) I made it to Redding the first day then Walla Walla, Washington on the 30th. I was using Highway 99 in California and Highway 97 thru Oregon and Washington. High-speed cruising on the KLR is NOTHING like my Harley's but I have a nice backrest and "highway" pegs fitted and with the Corbin seat, a 500 mile day is doable, but I sure don't plan on them regularly.
I entered Canada at Osoyoos and spent my first night in Canada in Peachland at nice motel right on Okanagan Lake . I don't think the border crossing was indicative of the ones to come in Central and South America since it only took about 3 minutes total. On June 2nd I cruised (slowed down to enjoy the fantastic scenery) thru Merritt and Cache Creek on Hwy 97C and Hwy. 1 into Prince George. The town seemed very full and I noticed all the motel signs said "No Vacancy". I asked a gas station attendant what was going on. Turns out the Forest Festival was in progress. I described it to the folks back home as "like Sturgis, only for lumber jacks". :=) Fortunately, I met a Harley rider while at the gas station who was in town on business and had a motel room with double beds. Invited me to share it with him, which of course I did. I had originally planned to take the Cassiar Highway but I HAD to go to Dawson Creek to get the obligatory picture of me at the start of the Alcan Highway so I continued on up Hwy 97 to Dawson Creek,
got the pictures and rode on to Fort St. John. Found a nice motel with free internet access, breakfast and a laundry. Going to stay here for a couple of nights.Posted by Rick McDermed at June 02, 2006 12:00 AM GMT
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