|Fourth of July, Woo Hoo! But no one around me
celebrates. Where are the fireworks? Of course I'm in Canada, hangin'out with a guy
from Switzerland, so it doesnt mean a thing to anyone around me. Besides, fireworks
up here would really suck since it never gets dark here this time of year. I have to sleep
with my headband pulled down over my eyes.
It rained all night and we got out of our
tents about 9am. Patrick fixed us some coffee to warm us up since it was 1 degree Celsius.
(33.8 degrees Fahrenheit) The conversion is 1.8C + 32, I still remember that from
Chemistry and Physics in college. It seems I remember stupid, trivial, stuff and forget
the things I want to remember. Anyway, my powerbar was as hard as a rock so to prevent a
chipped tooth, I would just dip it in my coffee and warm it up first. After the coffee and
powerbar, I decided I'd rather sit in the café for a while.
While inside the café, we met a guy that camped at Summit Lake last night. He
woke up to 3 inches of snow this morning. Wow, a day earlier and that would have been us.
We hung out most of the morning watching the thermometer outside the window. The
cook/owner is from Scotland, so I thought I was in the movie "Braveheart"
talking to him. When it wasnt busy, he and his wife took a break from the kitchen
and sat at a table. She is Canadian so she didnt have that accent. His accent was so
funny, and the rest of the day Patrick and I would imitate it.
It was noon when Patrick left and 12:35pm when I left.
- 2:45pm 16.5 miles, 8.5mph avg., I've been riding into cold headwinds, but it
looks like blue skies ahead
- 3:15pm I see stone sheep near the road
- 4:00pm theres a black bear on the left side of the road. Man, there sure
are a lot of black bears out. Last year we only saw 2 during the summer, now theyre
everywhere. I feel like Im wasting film on these guys. This bear held his head up,
sniffing in my direction. Fortunately, I was down wind so he had no clue as to what I was.
After a couple of minutes, he walked up to the tree line, went into the woods, then
re-appeared about 50 yards down wind from me. Oh, you think youre a smart little
sucka. He began sniffing again and walks towards me. Im sure he could smell the food
in my trailer and I decided I didnt want to see how well that pepper spray worked.
As I pedaled away, he stopped, looked towards me, and then went back to eating grass.
- 5:30pm Approximately 45 miles, (I didnt check) I met Patrick at Liard Hot
Springs. The sign said "No Bicycles On The Boardwalk". That leads to the hot
springs but I wasnt about to leave my bike and gear unattended. I told Patrick that
we would just push our bikes back there. While on our way back, some RV drivin
redneck tourist said "did you know that bikes are not allowed in here", in an
arrogant, cocky, voice. We ignored him and continued towards the less crowded Beta pool.
Sinking into the warm water, I felt totally relaxed. I kept my bike clothes on to clean
off some of the sweat. There were just a few others, most of the tourists were at the
alpha pool. While soaking in the murky warmth, I thought of the 2 days Chris McCandless
spent here. I wonder if he dislikes tourists as much as I do. A park ranger came walking
back after that tourist in the RV reported us. He didnt do anything
.just walked back.
- 6:40pm we decided to continue riding. The sky was blue, and the sun was
perfect riding weather.
- 10:30pm 88.16 miles, 11.5mph avg. We arrived at an area called Whirlpool Canyon
along the Liard River. Setting up our tents, we were bombarded by hundreds of mosquitoes.
I took out my last 2 Mountain House freeze dried meals. After eating those, we had to
escape those blood suckers and find refuge in our tents.
- 12:30pm The sun recently set over the horizon. It will remain light the rest of
the night. The temperature is dropping as I bundle up in my sleeping bag using my jacket
as my pillow.
Today - 88.16 miles
Total - 5237 miles
Avg. Speed - 11.5mph