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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Dhruv Bogra is a cyclist from New Delhi and has worked in sales in the retail industry for 25 years. Travel has been an intrinsic part of his life and he has travelled to over 20 countries and has lived and worked across India including some of its remotest parts. Since 2010, Dhruv has traversed over 25,000 kms on bicycle.