Quotes of the day

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
- Helen Keller

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
but I have promises to keep,
and miles to go before I sleep.
- Robert Frost

Thursday, June 14, 2012

So long to the Alaska Highway

Shortly after leaving Ft. Nelson this morning, I became aware of an astounding fact:
Since my excursion into the Northwest Territories was over, all of the gravel miles were behind me.
Now there was nothing between me and my garage except pavement!!!
(Well, except for my own gravel driveway)

Ten minutes later, I came upon this sign:

Alas, I was still on the Alaska Highway, and I'm only an orange sign away from gravel at any moment.

But I left the AH behind completely just north of Dawson Creek, which is officially Mile Zero.

On the way south, I passed Bijoux Falls Park. 

Then I came upon a mystery.
This SUV was left on the highway with the lights on, and a puddle of coolant running away behind it.
There were no people to be found.

At first, I thought that someone had hit a bear or moose, but I couldn't find any hair or blood on the damaged area.
The airbags were not deployed, but the windshield was cracked where a front seat passenger's head may have hit.
I assume another motorist took the occupants away for medical help.

Another long day on the road - I arrived at Prince George just before 10 pm.

I received quite a scare today at a gas station...

After filling the tank, I walked into the restroom, and then made the mistake of looking into the mirror.
AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!  Why is that derelict staring at me???
That's when I decided to find a motel and get an "indoor" shower and shave. 

It's nearly 1:00 am now, and there is something outside I haven't seen in over a week.

Still seeing lots of moose and black bear.

After 1300 miles in the last two days, I checked the tread on the tires and was surprised that I couldn't detect any additional wear. Perhaps the wear that I noticed was due to all the gravel and dirt miles I put on them earlier. I was encouraged by what I saw, and decided to try another couple of days and keep close watch on the tread wear. It just might be possible to make it home with this set.
If not, I think I still have a day or two in my schedule to get a set shipped to an installer somewhere along the route home.
I found my Motorcycle Superstore Order Number for these tires, so I can just call in and ask them to duplicate it.

Thanks for all the help with the tire issue.  I'll keep you posted on the status.

Life is good.


  1. From Moose eating, waterfalls, scary motorcyclists ahead and abandoned recently wrecked late model automobiles.....life is good and quite the adventure! Press onward my friend! :)

  2. It sounds like you are ready to be home. And I agree, being single isn't fun anymore! So enjoy the trip but come home soon. Sandy (wife)

  3. Having seen the SUV in the condition you found it, I'd have been looking around for zombies...

  4. Re: SUV - What's the old saying?? "There's never a cop around when you need one". I would think they are spread pretty thin in that area.