Saturday, June 21, 2008

Continue 3 For 1

Almost forgot these highlights:

I had been riding all day Wednesday and was getting tired, but couldn't find a spot to camp. I pulled into a rest stop and was going to pitch my tent. Looking around I had a feeling I was being watched, but there wasn't anyone at the rest stop except me. I looked up and sitting in a tree about fifteen feet above the ground was a big, black bear! It started to move and so did I. I jumped on Petunia and away I went. Over the next 120 miles I saw at least ten bears either on the road or just next to it. Now I couldn't stop because I was in bear country.

So, I rode until I came to the Highway 37 Junction with Highway 16 in Kitwanga, British Columbia. I only had enough gas for about 20 more miles, it was 11 at night, the past four gas stations I passed were closed, and I didn't know what I was going to do. But, there sat a gas station on a big lovely knoll right next to a beautiful river. I stopped and looked it over and set up my tent right there to spend the night. When I woke up at 6:30 the station and restaurant were both open and busy.

It is just about 6 or 7 depending on which clock I look at and I am just packing up to leave. I hope to reach Seattle today, but am not sure how far away that is from here. I won't decide until at least tomorrow the direction I'm taking the rest of the way home. I just looked at my schedule and don't think I'll be spending three days in Seattle. I may just go with my original plan of riding about 400 miles a day and cover the Loneliest Highway into Ely, Nevada.

Anyway I'm still having fun and looking for some more from this great adventure.

3 comments :

  1. It sounds like a great trip and one that I want to do on my bike. Made the trip numerous times by car (16x) but it isn't the same. It sounds like no gas along the Cassiar Hwy so I guess I'll scratch that route off the list for next month. What is the price per liter in the Yukon Territory?

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  2. Oh, I wish I could have seen your face when you spied that bear! I bet it was priceless! I love you - be safe little brother!

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  3. You are the only person I know who could almost forget that he set up camp with a bear!
    You know I am directionally challenged but if you find yourself in Laughlin and need a good steak remember the Hickory Pit in the Edgewater Casino.

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