Cassiar,

Hi everyone,
We are in Smithers today after a week when we cycled a lot (85 miles/day on average). We enjoy this small town at the foot of the mountains before starting the Stewart-Cassiar Highway which will lead us almost to the Yukon. Summary of the last week.

16th July: Jasper-Creek River
Pretty efficient for a morning, we are actually on the bikes at 6:15. The highway we cycle on just outside Jasper will have to get used to our faces, we have more than 600 miles to do on it. Pretty good conditions and one very good surprise; we enter into british columbia (we were in Alberta for a week) and therefore, we change the time on our watches: it is like we left at 5:15! We cycle at the foot of Mount Robson, highest point in the Rockies (12 000 feet high). 2 small things to mention: clever as ever, I understand I forgot one of my water bottles in the toilets in the morning (2 pieces of information being one too many for my brain at the moment going to the toilet and filling my bottle was impossible). Not the end of the world but it is so hot that I will really miss it and will have to manage my water resources carefully. Moreover, we stop in a very small petrol station to get some water and an angry dog high as my thumb jumps around and barks as strongly as it can. I do not change my way and result, it bites me. You would need a microscope to see its teeth so that was not bleeding all over the place (far from it) but I will be careful now, bears and moose are not the only threat. After 75 miles we stop on a rest area.

17th July: Creek River-Dome Creek
Mosquitoes all over the tent in the morning, it drives us aboslutely mad: they are everywhere. We jump on the bikes as soon as we can. Typical conditions for a boring stage of Le tour de France: flat, not much to see. Result: the first 2 hours are done at an average of 16 miles per hour. Then things start to get harder, much harder. It is not particularly steep but it is climbing all the time. Several deers next to the road, we are careful when going down, it would be a pity to hit one of them. On the way, we meet Dave from South Africa who is cycling from Prudhoe Bay (Arctic Ocean) to Patagonia. We will meet several people cycling the same route in the following days but it is pretty impressive anyway: 16 months on a bike… After 85 miles, we stop on another rest area with far less mosquitoes this time. 900 grams of pasta carbonara disappeared in our stomachs in a very short period of time that night.

18th July: Dome Creek-Prince George
The deal is clear: 80 miles to do and we will be in Prince George. Not much to highlight really. We cycle in the mist in the morning, the road is still pretty dull: long, very long straight lines and pretty hilly. We can feel the tireness: we stop to talk to another cyclist in the afternoon and I forget to unclip one of my feet (our feet are clipped to the pedals). I fall under my bike and look like a tortoise on its back moving the legs in the air…. And we are doing this trip just for fun! We arrive in Prince George in the rain and go camping after our first visit ever in a Wal-Mart: pretty weird given the way we have been living for 3 weeks. But we buy some extras there and enjoy chocolate, sweets and Pringles in the evening…

19th July: Prince George-Vanderhoof
After a late start, we head in direction of Vanderhoof. This is the worst day so far. Dull, dull and dull again! Heavy headwind, climbing most of the time and no paved shoulders, so lorries are overtaking very closely. We arrive exhausted in Vanderhoof after 60 miles just to discover that the campsite in town is flooded (funny climate…) and there is no way we go any further. Nicolas asks to the police station a spot to pitch the tent in town and we end up with 3 offers to stay. We finally stay with Deirdre and Todd. Deirdre is a biker and she will cycle around Slovenia in a couple of weeks. We have a really good chat with them and with Todd`s children. We fall asleep late but relieved after such a day.

20th July: Vanderhoof- Burns Lake
We start the morning with an amazing breakfast cooked by Todd: pancakes, fruits and jam, heaven!!!! Travelling is great in particular for human encounters. this one was very special and we will not forget it. Thanks again to you 4 for this great moment. We leave Vanderhoof in a great mood. Nothing special on the road. we meet 2 great Canadian girls, Elena and Beth on a rest area (we are like drivers, we stop on rest areas!!!) and Elena gives us a wallet made from recycled fruit juice box: environmental friendly and waterproof! Cheers. We stop in Burns Lake at the municipal campground. Very dodggy place with police arresting 2 guys next to our spot. Tomorrow morning will be welcome.

21th July: Burns Lake- Smithers
We know that, once in Smithers, the rest day will be for us. So 93 miles in the day (longest so far) and hop, job done. The road becomes sceneric again. We cycled a lot in the last wek but we have now finished with the dull part. Tomorrow, we will cycle to Kitwanga where the Stewart Cassiar highway, main road to whitehorse, starts. Pretty remote (no grocery for 250 miles) but obviously fantastic. Now, it is time to chill out. Take care.

Pictures of the third weeks are available here


3 comments

  1. LTonton 1.23 pm

    Hi nephews, Glad to read everything’s OK. You’re just cycling like mad ! The videos are nice. I left a few messages on your mail boxes but well !
    Je vous suis chaque semaine, envie votre énergie et vous en souhaite tjs plus.

    Grosses bises tontonesques

  2. guiguilegrizzly 4.09 am

    Hello

    c’est cool de vous lire, c’est bien écrit et puis quand je lis cette dernière étape, je n’ai plus aucun regret de ne pas être parti, moi qui ai demandé à changer d’hôtel pour un Ibis, je m’imagine mal avec 40 moustiques le matin sur mes mollets, en tout cas continuez bien et à très bientôt,

    G.

  3. nicolas 6.37 pm

    LTonton: salut le tonton ! Merci pour les videos. Quant aux mails, nous les avons lus, mais tu sembles sous-estimer la frequence et le type de nos contacts avec la civilisation. Nous faisons de notre mieux pour contenter tout le monde, et ce n’est pas toujours facile.

    guiguilegrizzly: salut frerot. Pour les moustiques, c’est moins terrible maintenant que l’on est prepares et que l’on a la tenue d’astronaute fin prete pour l’arrivee au campement. On verra ce qu’il en est sur la Dalton Highway.

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