The wildlife spotting went to a whole new level with the wildlife on the road!
Bison – the general advice is that if there is Bison on the road, you have to wait for it to move out the way. What if they are running away from you? You follow them of course! Click on this link for the most remarkable experience on the road so far!
Bears – not just one bear on the road – but two! The SUV commung the other way was timed perfectly to get the bears out the way. It was a bit like avoiding pedestrians at lunchtime at the junction of King St and New St in St Helier – except they don’t kill you!
Rock Sheep – these are basically goats. So why the name? Same colour as rocks? Musical taste? Very (rock) hard? No – they actually eat rocks – or at least the gravel at the side of the road. This photo isn’t that clear, so you’ll just have to take my word for it – there was nothing green where its eating – just rock/gravel.
The day seemed to be filled will delays. After finding the Beavers in a perfect arrangement (mother surrounded by 4 babies) but no camera (I was just going to pick up food hidden from bears), I spent a good hour trying to catch a good photo of them. Then my stove stopped working – and i spent half an hour unsuccessfully trying to fix it. No porridge for breaky today. This meant that by the time I got back to my video camera the battery had run down – there was a video file, but it was corrupt!
Fortunately the Coal River services were just 10 miles down the road. Great shower (first one since Teslin!) but food service was painfully slow, and the portions small – so I had to order more! Eventually left clean, fed and with more fuel for the stove. But by now the weather had gone from
Managed to avoid the worst of the rain, and passed through some big roadworks. What do you need if you are doing big roadworks? You need a big truck!
So that’s how they manage to move quite so much gravel on to these roads! These trucks can take a 100 ton load – pretty much the same as I’m carrying on my bike at the moment!!!
June 17th – despite all the delays, rain, hills and roadworks, I managed to get 100km from Fireside to km marker 740 (TBC)