FIRST DATE WITH BRITISH COLUMBIA

Trip Start Jul 16, 2010
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Trip End Jul 31, 2010


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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Well, we're getting off to a slow start on the blog...sorry about that. The truth is, we've cover 1125 kilometers and we've been on the roads all day.
Flying to Seattle and picking up our bikes in Kent Washington was definitely the right move to begin this trip. The people at Federated could not have been nicer of better...it was a seamless transition and the bikes were glad to see us...or maybe I should say we were glad to see the bikes.
Brainless here forgot his key to the GPS locking mount on JavaGold which necessitated a stop to Touratech USA located just a few miles from the Seattle airport. Those folks quickly replaced the forgotten keys, gave us all tee shirts, and then we hit at least 30 miles of bumper to bumper stop and go traffic. Finally, the highway opened up and the trip took on a new dimension.
We entered Canada at Suma after eating a great dinner at Bob's Burgers and Brew located less than a half a mile from the border. Very rural, beautiful country with fresh blue berry and strawberry farms everywhere. You could smell the fruit as we passed the farms. Crossing the border was a piece of cake and was nothing like we anticipated. They totally missed Alan's felony record and let Terry in without checking his background....just kidding folks.
Within a few miles we were zipping through a canyon as the evening sun bounced off huge walls of mountains. We made it into Hope Friday night about 9 pm which was midnight EST. Set up camp and went to bed.
This morning we started rolling about 8:30 and were immediately introduced to the Frasier River Valley. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. We followed the river for almost the entire day-sharing the valley with two train tracks in a walled space that would fluctuate between a broad river basin to a narrow span with tunnels cutting through the mountain and water rushing directly below.
One thing for sure, we have begun to realize just how BIG this area really is and how much we've got to go before we give ourselves any credit to accomplishing our mission. We really didn't stop much, took too few pictures, and didn't get lost but still will have to improve our travel time significantly in order to meet goals ahead.
Probably the most unforgettable event of the day was watching an out-of-control RV flying down a curvy down-grade spewing waste fluid out of the side of the vehicle and spraying everything and anything in its path. Of course, we had no time to react and nowhere to go so we get spayed with the most wretched smelling stuff imaginable. We smelled like the back of seat of a Greyhound bus for hours.
We were all looking forward to meeting Pete here in Prince George but got word that he had bike trouble and would not be meeting us. Pete is one of the rare individuals who don't carry a cell phone and our phones do not well here anyway. We have no status report on where Pete is or how he is doing. We are obviously concerned. If anyone hears some news, please pass it along to us.

The weather could not be greater. Clear and dry. Cool mornings in the upper 50's and warm afternoon in the low 80's. This is perfect biking weather and leads me to my last observation for the night. I can't think of a better way to see Canada and Alaska. I would be crawling out of my skin it we had to do this by car or truck. The roads are mostly two-lane and the slower traffic can be nerve-raking. With the bikes, we have much more freedom to safely pass and we make much better time. Plus, we catch so much more of the immediate space between the road, scenery, big sky, and surroundings. There's just no other way to do this but on our bikes.
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Martha Queen on

I am so thankful for starbucks and litchfield beach resort for WIFI!!! It is so great to read the update and to know that so far you three are reaching for the stars! Am concerned about Pete and will be praying for him. Surely you guys can find one another. It's only 1000's of square miles. Truly, I am so happy for you all. Worry never crosses my mind for you. You are as safe up there as you are at home with the Almighty watching over you!! God speed and be safe!! Watch out for sewer hazards. SOUNDS AWFUL......John, I'll have the hazmat team at the Nashville airport waiting to detox you before you get into the truck!!! Love you!

TriumphT100 on

It should be against the law to have that much fun! It will take months to get the smiles off your face.

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nibo on

Great report John.
You are taking great pictures and the story comes through.
Thank you for bringing us along, I know it is a lot of work to do this,... so it is extra appreciated
Yes it is vast area and the distances are enormous, but every mile is worth it and gorgeous.
Just have been up to Prince Rupert, living it now through you vicariously.
Keep it coming when you can.
Nina

T.REX63 on

Hello there! Good to read that all is under way and under control. Gosh, do I miss the road after only one week of being back home...

Ride on my friends, ride on and be safe!

Thomas

Tim Tobin on

I think the fun has just began. This is great!

Tim

Bob Hummelberg on

John,

I do hope you brought your passport! Ha!

You are a great man, experiencing the greatness of God's creation. Be safe and stay away from the cliffs!!

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