Cassiar Highway: Iskut to Kinaskan Lake – 44 Kms 9-08-16

The ride to Kinaskan Lake Provincial park was uneventful except for a great lunch at Tatogga resort and quite a headwind after that, which helped to digest the Chicken burger! By the time I arrived at Kinaskan Lake, it was raining, damp and dull. The campsite was quite well organised and I was able to find a spot under a nice clump of cedar trees.

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Cassiar Highway: Boya Lake To Simmons Lake – 52 Kms 3-08-16

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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Cassiar Highway: Junction 37 to Boya Lake – 88 Kms

2 kms from Junction 37, I entered British Columbia- and the signpost calls it the The Best Place on Earth. The Cassiar highway runs South along the Cassiar and Coast mountains and is one of the most remote and wild main highways of Western Canada

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Watson Lake to Junction 37: 22 kms

I rode back to Junction 37 after refilling with food and nutritive bars and 2 days of rest! Camped at: Junction 37 Services. 10 CAD. No showers , no laundry. It was a clean, uncrowded campground, very basic, but had free wifi at the office and a very friendly caretaker.

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Watson Lake Pictorial

Watson lake is a small community town of 450 people. It played an important historical role during the construction of the Alaska Canada highway ( Alcan) in the 1940s. Its famous for its Signpost forest which is a huge collection of signposts put up by travellers from all over the world. It was first started by a American GI in 1942 during the construction of the highway!

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Fireweed Turns to Cotton In Fall

In mid to late summer fireweed begins blooming in the middle of the stalk, with each successive flower blooming just above the one before it. As the last flowers are blooming at the top of the stalk, the earliest blooms seed and turn to cotton, as seen below. When the fireweed turns to cotton, Alaskans say there are about six weeks until winter begins. I took this video sometime ago and it sure seems to be right. Jaspers mountains got snow last night!

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Big Creek Campground to Watson Lake – 66 Kms 31-07-16

In Big Creek, I met a very nice Canadian of German origin - Jan, who is a mining expert and even had a website quite similar to mine - miningquest.com! We shared a great evening and had breakfast together.

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Continental Divide to Big Creek Campground – 65 kms 30-07-16

This was a beautiful ride across the continental divide. The road, was very hilly, and took dramatic turns and climbs, with excellent views of the Swift river valley below and the Lower Lillard mountains. For miles and miles, far beyond, as far as the eyes could see, there were only forests of spruce, alpine fir and balsam.

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Smart River to Continental Divide – 58 Kms 29/07/16

The day promised to be a long one as the elevation gain to the continental divide lodge and campground was supposed to be over 2000 ft. There were two major hills that had to be negotiated, one of them being exceptionally steep. This was just before I descended a few hundred feet to the Continental Divide lodge.

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Teslin to Smart River – 64 Kms 28/07/16

From Teslin I cycled towards Watson Lake which was still quite a distance away. I cycled until about 7 pm, till I found a nice spot to camp by the Smart River. Along the way I met a man from Belarus who was settled in Alaska. He was riding with his son across the alcan highway.

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