Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day 12 Fort Nelson to Edmonton

Today was a great day.  The weather was relatively good.  I only encountered rain once today.  I have yet to have a complete day without rain, but that is OK.

Talking to other riders I have heard that when you are on a trip like this you loose all sense of time.  I am finding this to be true.  It seems every time I stop for the night, I have to ask what day and time it is.

I really don't have much to report today.  Once I got past Dawson Creek, it was all open interstate.  There was not much in the way of scenery.

I am staying at a Motel 6 tonight and had dinner at a local chain called Original Joe's.  The food was pretty good.  I also stopped at Dairy Queen for some desert.

I met another rider at the hotel who rode all the way up to Prudhoe Bay.  He has a dual sport motorcycle and went up the same day I made my attempt.  He told me the first 30 miles were so slick that he could hardly keep his bike up.  He also said that at one point, he was having a hard time controlling his bike, when he looked in the rear view mirror, he saw nothing but blue smoke.  When he stopped he realized his front fender was so full of mud that the front wheel would no longer turn.  He said it took him about two hours to clear enough mud to allow the wheel to roll again.  I told him about how I turned around, he said that was a good call because there was no way the Wing would have made it given the conditions.  He did say that on his way back, it was dry and smooth sailing.

I am really looking forward to getting home.

I plan to cross back into the United States tomorrow, then travel as far as I can before 5 pm in Montana.  Friday, I will travel to my parent's house to visit for the night, and then back home.

Here are some photos from today:

The day started out rainy, but soon the sun came out and stayed with me for most of the day.  I got rained on again just outside of Edmonton.

This is the view just outside of Fort Nelson.

I figured I would show you what the typical gas pump in the Canadian bush looks like.  If you are not paying attention, they can be hard to spot.

Between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake, there are several very steep hills.  Here is one, this is not  trick photography.

The scenery heading into Edmonton is not much to speak of. 

Not much to look at, eh?
I did see some animals today:

Bear:  1
Wolf:  1
Rabbit:  1
Moose:  1 very, very huge bull moose!

1 comment:

  1. Lost track of your blog for a while. Sorry to hear the wife was unable to go.

    Also know how jealous my wife and I are!!! Our Alaska motorcycle trip got derailed due to time and money and family obligations. Now we are headed up there via a cruise ship line.

    Have fun and don't let the skeeters carry you away. I hear they grow pretty big up there.