Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Day 22 - Hedley, BC to Quesnel, BC

There wasn't a cloud in the sky this morning so the tent was very bright and warm by 8:00. It took about an hour to pack since I needed to let some stuff dry up before packing. I passed this foot bridge in Princeston on the way down and thought it looked pretty cool but didn't stop to take a picture. Due to the camber of the road I couldn't get the side stand down so I just took the photo while seated on the bike. The first couple of hours were on wonderful mountain roads but once I hit 97N, things got less interesting fast. I just followed the GPS directions and ended up hitting 97N in Spences Bridge instead of Cache Creek. All day, the roads got more and more crowded as I approach Prince George. Though still much better than California traffic.

The bike hit 70K miles today in Williams Lake just as I was approaching the visitors center. So, naturally, I had to stop and document it and celebrate the event with a cup of coffee. The bike had 52K miles when I bought it so I haven't put very many miles on it myself. And it looks like it really needs a thorough cleaning. Simply relying on rain is proving to be a bit inadequate.

This is the visitors center in Williams Lake. The last time I was here a few weeks ago, it was closed for the evening. It is a beautiful facility and I must admit that I love the look of log buildings but would never own one due to the maintenance.

 

Dark skies to the north gave a not too subtle hint to the weather I would hit later in the afternoon. No thunder or lightning but plenty of intermittent showers. Enough to stop and don rain gear. A short day today since I find rain and hot to be a tiring combination.

According to the GPS, 571km today and 8,637km (5,367 miles) so far on this trip. 2,679 km to go according to the all-knowing Google.

12 comments:

  1. You have gone a long way, but it seems you still have a long way before you get home.

    Fingers crossed for a warm sunny tomorrow. Not too hot and no rain.

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    1. I'm figuring six days from Joseph.

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  2. My old neck of the woods I have driven highway 97 many times. I lived in Prince George in my wild and woolly youth. When you pass through the 'PIG' stop by and say hi to Mr. PG - a picture with your bike would be nice *strong hint.

    Safe travels Richard!

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    1. Done! I guess they deleted the seasonal visitors center at the intersection and they want everyone to go into town (as if that's going to happen).

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  3. That's a long ride for sure. I have to agree I don't much like the rain and heat, but find myself stalling this morning because of cold again (43F), where is the warmth everyone is talking about? Keep safe.

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    1. I think I found hot again this afternoon and it was without rain...

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  4. Good ride so far. My SV needs a good cleaning as well. I still have dirt on it from AK :-)

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    1. This trip has added a lot of grime. Other riders have looked at my bike and commented "You rode from Alaska on THAT!?"

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  5. 40 degrees would kill me but rain and heat is like a hot shower, so don't bother visiting Florida in summer. Mind you it's obvious it doesn't bother me as I have 65,000 miles on an almost five year old bike!
    Are you enjoying the ride?

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    1. Yes, enjoying the ride a lot.

      I don't think I can ever get used to heat and humidity!

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  6. Congratulations to the bike!! Did it get anything to celebrate? ;)

    I liked the hot and rain since the rain helped cool things down. I just find the cage drivers don't feel the same way...

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  7. No, the bike didn't get anything to celebrate except a brief rest from the hot temperatures. Now that the trip is over, I can't wait 'till the next one....

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