Dease River to Stewart/Hyder (465 KM)
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.