Today I awoke at 8:00, on purpose. I wanted to try and
get to my destination before 10:00pm. I packed up the bike, and on the way
into the hotel I saw 2 of Edmontonís
finest, ready for action. Iím pretty sure they were prostitutes.
I decided to hit the road, get out of town,
and stop later for water. And I did just that. It was pretty hot today, high
90ís. When I did stop for water I changed to my summer gloves and took out
the jacket liner.
When I left the gas station, I kept hoping
to hit the Rockies, see some mountains, make a turn. This had to be
the flattest, straightest road Iíve ever been on. When you did go up a rise,
and there really were quite a few, it wasnít that flat, at the top you would
see the road stretch on for miles, all in a nice straight line. It was
rather boring. I did see my first moose crossing sign. It was cool.
As I was bored with the flat and straight,
I listened to the GPS and got off Hwy 43, the hwy to my destination. The GPS
had me take Hwy 2 to a back road, it might have been hwy 59. Anyway, both of
these turned out to be flat and straight as well, and I just ended up back
on 43. There was lots of construction. I got hung up in traffic twice, and
shut off the bike as I waited for it to move. There were lots of signs
saying to ďslow down, fresh oilĒ, I was none to excited about those.
Eventually I made it to Dawson Creek, BC,
start of the Alaska Hwy.
There was a huge fire in the middle of town. I didnít bother to check it out
though. I was looking to get some water and get off the bike. Taking a day
off really makes your ass hurt all over again, right after you just got
through getting used to riding for that length of time.
I went to the first campsite, and they were
full. They told me to try Mile 0 campground. I did. When I pulled in I saw a
blue Suzuki 650 Vstrom. It was Dave! We got a campsite next to each other
and chatted for a while. He walked down to a pub for dinner while I cooked
up some beefy mac with the jetboil (REI dry freeze dinner). When he came
back we chatted some more and discussed our plans for
Alaska. We broke out the maps and made some
He went off to shower while I checked
emails and such. When he got back it was my turn to shower.
All in all today was pretty uneventful.
Thatís all I have to say about that.