Heavy clouds, but we dodged the rains


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July 5th 2013
Published: July 6th 2017
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Seven Sisters
Geo: 58.4387, -129.989

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It started raining pretty hard as we ate breakfast in the motel dining room in Smithers. The storm passed long enough for us to pack up and head out of town around the Seven Sisters. Ominous clouds threatened all day, with rain squalls and heavy black clouds all around us. Temps stayed in the upper 50's.
We stopped in Kitwanga at the base of the Seven Sisters mountains, the start of the Stewart-Cassiar Hwy 37 north. From this point on it was a spectacular ride through the wilderness of British Columbia. The mountains, rivers, and valleys were a visual feast, in spite of the ominous black clouds the covered most of the sky.
At Meziadin Junction, where 37A, the road to Hyder, AK, splits from 37, we were expecting to find gas (according to Google), but there was none there. Fortunately we had enough to continue another 60 miles to Bell 2 Lodge. After being swarmed by mosquitoes at the gas pump, we decided to make it our lunch stop, warming up on soup and
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Along the Skeena River
coffee.
Even with several layers, we were starting to feel the effects of the cool temps. We stopped in Iskut, 60 miles south of Dease Lake for coffee and put on our rain suit jackets for the remaining ride, with the dark clouds growing heavier to the north. Surprisingly, for the length of the entire day's ride, we never had more than of few minutes of light rain hit us! As we finished unloading our gear from the bike at our motel, a downpour mixed with hail lasted for about an hour.
Until recently there were long stretches of gravel roadways along Hwy 37. We enjoyed pavement and chip-seal for the entire route except for a few short stretches of gravel (and mud) just south of Dease Lake. Overall, the route was a wonderful motorcycle odyssey - decent roads, virtually no traffic, with amazing scenery and vistas.
Dease Lake is not the resort community we were expecting. It's pretty much a stopover along the highway with a few eating establishments, general store and gas station. We enjoyed our "day off" from the road, relaxing and hiking to the nearby lake. In retrospect, we would have been better served to stay
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Kitwanga intersection of Hwy16 and 37
the extra night in Smithers.
So far, we've logged 2,145 miles for the trip.



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5th July 2013

Looks like some beautiful country. Canada is a good place for you to be this week. Sacramento has had 6 days over 105. Is the Alaska Highway a different route?

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