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Published: August 17th 2011
Sunday August 14, 2001
Leaving Liard Hot Springs
I woke up at 10:30 I think I could have slept for hours more; what a great sleep. What a sleep after soaking in the hot spring. Every backyard needs a hot spring. From inside my tent I heard a camp worker say that it got down to 4 degrees last night.
I took a morning walk down the boardwalk to check out the spring in day light. The boardwalk goes through a bog. Supposedly there are 14 species of orchids that live there. I think I identified 3 species but only 1 was still in bloom. They also have Sundew Plants (carnivorous plant). I have only ever seen them at Algonquin Park. (I believe I have photos of the species with that blog). The hot spring is being renovated so there was a fair bit of construction surrounding the area.
By the time my picture taking, breakfast and breaking down camp was done I was very late. There is a lodge that operates across from the park so I was able to pick up a few supplies and am confident that I am set till I reach Watson
Lake. Thank goodness for the lodge my supplies were dangerously low. I left the lodge at 1:30.
There was a small herd of bison on the highway but they didn’t even wait for me to get close and they were running into the trees. I saw 2 bears shortly thereafter. Liard Hot Springs is infested with bear.
Considering how late I started I made very good time today. Most of the day was flat with little wind. It did get hillier towards the end of the day with one real big hill. I had super at Coal River; as I finished up the rain clouds came in in a big way. I ended up with a little sprinkle but nothing compared to whoever was east of me. I was just far enough east to avoid the brunt of the storm but in my rear view mirror it looked bad. I put in my 100 km’s and pulled off to the side of the highway for the night.
Monday August 15, 2011
Hard and Very Demanding
It is the only way to explain today; hard and very demanding. I barely crawled into Watson Lake, Yukon after
Getting Them On The Move
Unfortunately once you get them on the move you have to put the camera down and move with them. By the time you have done what needs to be done the action is all over.
110 km’s. The day was a full day of climbing and the first part of the day was a cold fighting wind. There is nothing worse than a long hard climb to the top only to have the wind fight you so hard that you downhill coast is equally hard as the climb. I don’t like this weather. I cannot get warmed up but I am sweating like crazy down my back.
The landscape is mountainous but nothing like Stone Mountain or Muncho. So as nice as it is; it is also plain. I am anxious to get to Watson Lake and start moving south so it is hard to appreciate the present. There is no rain or wildlife today only climbing. I road for 11.5 hours today; I feel like I did that day I did 140 km’s when I left Yellowknife; simply dead. Camping is only $10.50 at the campground. I don’t expect to get up to early tomorrow or go anywhere other than to pick up supplies.
Tot: 1.588s; Tpl: 0.093s; cc: 10; qc: 61; dbt: 0.0379s; 1; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 3;
; mem: 1.4mb