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Published: July 17th 2021
Day 15. 4230Km.
Moving day if you will. I’ve moved further into the mountains in Malakwa. The peaks at Rogers Pass are stunning. Photos just don’t do them justice, especially when they are covered in smoke from the wild fires. All the photos look hazy from the smoke. It’s too bad too, the scenery is amazing. I took the quickest route through Golden and Revelstoke but for a second considered a different path that would have involved not one but two ferry crossings. There are many free ferry’s in British Columbia that are free because they are considered part of the highway system.
When I arrived at camp or actually before I arrived I noticed helicopters in the sky carrying whatever they call the large bags to water-bomb forest fires. One was filling from a river just across the highway. While I was setting up camp the sky was buzzing constantly but after a couple hours it went quiet. Perhaps that particular fire was extinguished but I know there are many burning right now all over the province. The weather forecast for the next week is still hot with no rain which makes for good riding for me but
I’m sure lots of folks wish we would get a good rain, not just for the fires but the grass everywhere is burnt crispy.
I’m not sure why but when I booked this campground back in December I chose a pull-through site. I purposely do that if I was staying somewhere for two nights because it makes for easy unloading and loading the bike without having to do it on the road in front of a back-in site but since I’m here for a week that wouldn’t have concerned me. I have to say I’m a little disappointed with the size. Pull-throughs are typically larger sites to accommodate large RV’s and 5th wheel trailers but not this one. Maybe that’s why I chose it, thinking it would be a large spot for the week. After setting up I went for a walk around me spotted a very nice back-in spot that was empty so I had to go to the office and ask if it was available, even if after the weekend. Nope. The park is booked solid I’m told.
Before dinner I mapped out a few routes on the GPS. There are more options for roads around
here than last week which will be nice. One even includes a couple of those ferry crossings if I get ambitious.
A couple from Quebec camped behind me came to ask about the ramp door on the back of the trailer. I got the impression they were unaware of a toy hauler or just never knew what the ramp doors were for. Other than one big coach I saw in Cranbrook (I never saw any people outside of it) this is the first licence plate I’ve seen from East of Alberta. There seem to be plenty of Albertans that travel to BC though. Who can blame them? Look at the scenery!
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