August 2nd 2011
The night was really cold for some reason. The battery went dead in my temperature device so we don’t know for sure what it was. Felt like around 2 or 3. A wet chill was in the air and that didn’t make for too comfortable sleeping. Cheryl especially was cold because she really needs a new sleeping bag that is more of a real 3 season.
Woke up to partly cloudy skies and no rain over night. Our tent was dry. We headed out around 8 for Stewart/Hyder and we knew it was going to take awhile being about 465 KM away. Stopped in Dease Lake for breakfast and off we went again into the SUN. We actually had to wear our sunglasses all day!
The Stewart-Cassiar Highway is a really nice road that we have never been on while living in BC. We now have a place to come back to that is not really that far from home. Other than some construction areas it is pretty amazing how well they keep this road for so many to drive or ride.
My camera was having issues this morning. Just think a lot of dust got into it yesterday and the lens did not like that. Cheryl took a turn at the one handed on the fly shots. Not bad but I happen to be in most of her pictures.
Not too sure what to make of this picture. I am always getting caught pulling my pants up!
More views of the Stewart/Cassiar Highway
Chuck being a nice guy and cleaning our shields. Guess he felt badly for me because when I pulled up after getting gas to park, I did not look where I was and placed my right foot into a pot hole. Yep, my bike fell asleep right on the gravel for the very first time. More humiliated than anything everyone came to my aid and helped me pick my bike up before anyone could get a picture of my mistake. No damage, just a scratch or 2 on the right Jesse bag. Hope these guys have a safe and enjoyable trip!
Camping out again and it will be a cool night after a pretty warm good day. We cleaned and lube our dried out chains from the construction zone on the highway, disconnected our batteries for about 5 mins, and then ran our bikes for 15 as one forum member on the ADV site suggested to see if this would help our bikes with the stalling and starting issues. Oh yeah forgot, Cheryl joined me for the second round of stalling. We seem to be able to work around this problem because we can stall and then tighten the throttle cable and they start.
Triumph is aware we are having issues and offered to get us home if we felt unsafe. We feel fine as we have been dealing with this for almost the entire trip with at least one bike.
Funny thing at campgrounds I tell you. There are many open spaces for people to set up but noooooooooooooo, they have to park right near our tent. Sort of like when you go to the movies and the theatre is empty and someone sits right next to you. Really makes Cheryl a bit angry. The old man who has camped close to us has squeaky shoes and just bent over to plug something in and well, farted. Sorry had to include this charming ambiance. On that note, we are going to bed.
August 1st 2011
Cheryl’s favourite thing about finding lodging that has WiFi is that Leslie occupies herself with the computer stuff in the morning and lets Cheryl SLEEP! It’s a win/win for both of us!
Of course, the great thing about Leslie being an early riser is that she is able to capture photos of the brilliant morning sunrise.
There was something different about this Inn other than we were one of few Caucasians. That is not a big deal. They had cameras all over the joint and when I asked why I was told bad things happen on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. No more was said. I think this may serve as social housing as well. Again not a bad thing just makes for an interesting crowd. The guy above us was a very bad behaved upstairs neighbour. Need I say more.
We grabbed a quick breakfast at McDonalds across the street from our hotel and then we hit the road once again. We were uncertain of our destination as we started our day, but knew we were heading in the general direction of route 37.
The ride from Whitehorse to Junction 37 (the Cassiar highway) was rather unexciting and as such, we did not snap too many photos.
We did happen across this interesting place when we stopped to fill up our bikes.
The wildlife gallery was stunning! Neither of us are big fans of stuffed animals, but this was some extremely well done taxidermy.
Moose and Wolves
Beavers & a Deer
Cheryl desperately needed a cat nap. After all the places we have been tis ride from Whitehorse put her to sleep. Nothing that a 5 hour energy drink can’t handle. Not that we rely on this stuff but it comes in handy when we really need a boost. Works fast too.
We really had no idea what to expect from this road but as soon as we got on it I knew the camera would be out a lot.
This is Mike from Quesnel, BC. He took a liking to the Tiger’s right away and of course heard our story. Grab one of our traveling cards for ACT and off he went on his own adventure. Nice to have met you Mike, enjoy your trip!
We made the decision to head towards Dease Lake even though it was another 130 KM away. I was starting to feel a little well done being up since 0430 and riding over 400 KM all ready. But off we went.
Lucky for us Dease River about 60 KM short of Dease Lake showed up to our left. I was ready to stop and here we landed. Very cool campground with cheap site. $15 for right on the lake. No power, no WIFI, just the lake and tent.
This inverter is awesome and working out really well for the essentials. Our intercoms and camera batteries. Things we need everyday to work. No issues with my battery and as for my stalling? Sure did stall today but we found a quick fix and have no really idea why it works. Every time my bikes dies, we stop. Turn the key off, Cheryl plays with throttle cable, turn the bike on, let the computer do it’s thing and bingo, the bikes starts and runs for quite awhile. So, this is our routine to keep my bike for not ever starting. Once is stalls same routine all over to get me going.