Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Day 8 - Telkwa, BC

Better wi-fi now that I'm off of the Cassiar Hwy. Both RV parks advertised free wi-fi but it was satellite based and really slow. This is one of the few vehicles that I was able to pass (multiple times). The two Ford Model "A"s are returning to Washington after driving up to Fairbanks. This photo is at Jade City, a regular stop for me since they have free coffee, near the northern end of the Cassiar Hwy. I passed them again this morning at Meziadin Jct.

This is a shot from my campsite in Stewart. A pretty nice view though it was pretty overcast this morning. While here, I checked the valves again on the right cylinder not because it sounded loose but because the head temperature on the right side was lower than the left. There are a number of possible reasons for this but I wanted to check this first. Both valves were slightly loose but still within tolerances. But I adjusted them again anyway since I had the valve cover off.

On todays ride, the left cylinder temperature was still higher but only at small throttle settings. But when climbing a hill or accelerating, both matched pretty well and the temperature dropped. I'll be looking for an air leak this evening. The vacuum operated fuel shut off valve is suspect and there is an easy "fix".

Nice glacier view from the road out of Hyder. Four black bear along the road today and three yesterday. I haven't had an opportunity to check out the GoPro images to see if any of them were captured. I had it set to take a picture every 10 seconds so there are a lot of images.

A British couple heading for Alaska in the next campsite recommended a municipal campground in Smithers so that is where I initially headed. It was overrun with kids dressed in strange costumes so I kept on going. The Telkwa RV park has great wi-fi and they give motorcycles a $4 discount.

This is the campsite that I'm in tonight. I thought the RV that pulled in next to me was pretty interesting. It is a Peterbuilt tractor and the towed "car" was a ¾ ton extended cab truck with a small camper on it. The forecast is for rain tomorrow…

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  1. Love the last photo.

    What are the temps at this location?

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    1. Mid-60s by mid morning. BC is a beautiful place especially along the coast.

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  2. It was a bit foggier when I stopped at that spot to capture the glacier as one drives out of Hyder. Anecdotally, the right head always runs a bit cooler than the left head BTW. Something to do with airflow due to the sidecar is the theory most often used.

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    1. Normally, it's been about 25-50°F difference.

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  3. Nice! Was it Bear Glacier?

    The Peterbilt camper sure takes Glamping to the next if not the highest level. Not sure if I would want that, though.

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    1. I don't know. There wasn't a sign just a wide spot on the road. That RV was really something else.

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  4. Don't you just see the most interesting camping units when you travel ... I've never seen on towing a full size pick up though.

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