We passed through Valley View, Grand Prairie, and several other small towns before finally crossing the border into British Columbia for the first time. It was late afternoon by the time we traveled the final 32 kilometers into Dawson Creek. The wind has really picked up today and driving has been challenging and tiring. So we pulled in for a break and decided a root beer float at A&W was just the right treat to get us ready for the additional 4-5 hours it would take to get to Pink Mountain. And we were right - it was awesome!
We gassed up and then headed to the most famous land mark in Dawson Creek - mile marker zero of the Alaska Highway. A lot of people refer to the highway as the AlCan Highway for Alaska and Canada but it was never named that - it is officially just the Alaska Highway. Mile marker "0" sits right in the middle of the intersection in downtown Dawson Creek and pretty much everyone going through town stopped to take pictures, we did the same. We didn't stay long as we still had 225 kilometers to go. So back on the road we went.
It was almost noon when we finally pulled out of Whitecourt and back on to the highway this morning. Our goal for today is Pink Mountain, BC which is 635 kilometers to the northwest of here. That's 400 miles and in a car that would be an easy drive. But as we found out long ago that is a long day in a motor home pulling an SUV. So it will take us most of the day to get there.