Smithers Pictorial: 25-08-16

Some images of the ranches around Smithers and a flower garden near the railway station. A beautiful friendly town with lovely cafes, a great library and some cheap fast food options like McDonald's. I really liked the streetside cafe called Bugwood Bean as they served up great coffee and muffins.

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Yellowhead : Old Hazelton to Smithers – 75 Kms 24-08-16

As I got closer to Smithers on the hilly roads, and rode along the Bulkley river, I could see the valley opening up and forests of aspen and fir giving way to ranches and rolling farmlands, with grazing cows and horses. It was a pretty sight, though very different to the sights of dense forests and bears on the Cassiar!

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Yellowhead Highway / 16 – Kitwanga Junction to Old Hazelton – 60 Kms

This was an interesting day. To ride on a busy highway with a lot of commercial traffic and a narrow shoulder was quite an experience. I was glad to see the village of Hazelton and decided to explore a bit more and ride to Old Hazelton which was 7 kms to the left past the Info center. Along the way, i crossed the gorgeous canyon on the Hagwilget bridge.

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Cassiar Highway: Bonus Lake to Kitwanga – 77 Kms

It was a warm sunny day to start with but by the end of the day it was overcast. We were headed to Kitwanga, to a RV park / campground. We spent some time on the Cranberry river filling water and some local Indians came driving by to check if we were salmon fishing!

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Cassiar Highway: Meziadin Junction to Bonus Lake Rec Site –  76 Kms

The fabulous ride from Meziadin junction to Bonus lake rec site with Jenny and Curtis was highlighted by the side road to the fish ladder on the Nass river. Curtis found the path to the fish ladder on his GPS navigation map and led us to it, on a really rough road, some 2 kms from the main highway.

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Stewart Town: A Pictorial

I spent 2 days in Stewart, a charming town with a lot of history, pretty homes, heritage churches and quaint cafes and vintage shops.

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Cassiar Highway: Bell 2 to Meziadin Junction – 92 Kms 13-08-16

At Bell 2 I met with Curtis and Jenny again. We had last met at Whitehorse. It was simply great to get to know them better and they have become good buddies! We spent the next few days cycling together to Meziadin Junction, Stewart - Hyder and then Kitwanga. The ride from Bell 2 to Meziadin Junction was very eventful.

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Cassiar Highway: Bob Quinn To Bell 2 – 47 Kms 10-08-16

The ride to Bell 2 was very scenic and one of the finest on the Cassiar. An experience of riding alongside massive mountains, gleaming glaciers, riveting rivers and lush forest lakes is beautiful. And after taking the curve from Bob Quinn, the landscape changes to all this! Rode along the amazing Ningunsaw river. The day was a rainy one, so the peaks of most mountains were in the mist or clouds. But the greenery of the vegetation - the willows, trees and flowers was too beautiful!

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Iskut: Camp At Lake Eddontenajon

I camped for an extra day at Iskut as i was waiting for the PO to open. From Watson lake I had sent a parcel of food and it arrived there on Monday morning. In the meantime, I camped by the beautiful Eddontenajon lake in a valley of mountains.

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Cassiar Highway: Kinsakan Lake to Bob Quinn Air Strip – 64 Kms 9-08-16

After spending a splendid night at Boya lake, I made my way towards Dease lake but little did I know that little less than 20 mins later I would be struggling against one of the strongest headwinds I had ever encountered on this journey. It took me over 2 hours to just reach Good Hope lake where I stopped for awhile to enjoy a breakfast of hot dog and coffee.

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