We made it through the forest fire just south of Watson Lake and have been enjoying
everything the Cassiar has to offer. Bear sightings have become as commonplace as
panoramas of beautiful mountains.
The riding has been challenging, with several extended 8% grades. Still, the road
surface has been much better than the dubious reports we were getting. I suppose
the Dalton lowered our standards significantly...
Berries and Glaciers and Bears, Oh My! |8.17.10 |
Our journey to Stewart, a small town 40 miles off the Cassiar Highway, was dashed
with rivers, mountains and bear sightings. The highlight of the detour was the Salmon
Glacier towering deep within the mountains above town.
The weather was sunny and warm leaving Stewart. We finished the Cassiar Highway in
the company of Joost and Michiel, averaging 100 kilometers a day in the 5 days out
Inside Passage Voyage |8.20.10 |
We woke up at 5 AM to make the ferry from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy. This took
us from the upper portion of British Columbia to Vancouver Island. The 14 hour ride
was full of scenic views and whale sightings. This was Jess’s also first ferry ride!
Vancouver Island |8.30.10 |
Vancouver Island took us from the remote Canadian forest to the busy streets of beach
side cities. We spent almost a week cycling down the island. Along the way we experienced
our first flat, some serious traffic, and a bunny infested campground.
Canada’s Finest |8.30.10 |
We had a nice ferry ride into Vancouver, complete with a beautiful sunrise. Exploring
the biggest city of our journey was a treat (especially the chocolate cake!)
After that we headed back to Vancouver Island, happy to be surrounded by migrating
birds and blackberries again.