Our ride was uneventful but spectacular. It was sunny, clear and fairly warm. The road was in good shape and traffic was light. We made good time. Our first real stop was at Kitwanga, the junction of Hiway 16 and 37, our turnoff to Hyder. We took the time to have some brekkie here. While we were eating, a number of other riders pulled into the station for gas, food and pictures. We meet several riders (two lovely ladies as well) who were headed to Dust to Dawson so I guess we'll be seeing them again in a few days!
We took the obligatory pictures before heading up 37 to Meziadan Junction.
Yes, we were having a grand time. The weather was perfect and it was my Birthday!!! What a fantastic birthday present, riding to Alaska with my honey. Yup, it was perfect and it got even better.
We made good time to the junction. We both found it interesting that we didn't see any bears. The last time we were in Hyder, we saw more bears than we could even count. This time....none. Oh well. The scenery was spectacular. Not too far from our turn-off, we took a break and read about the Meziadin Fish Ladders. No bugs here to bother us!
So off we went. Just leaving this rest stop was our first of many wooden bridges. I was thankful that is was sunny and dry out!
It wasn't long before we hit the junction and made a left turn toward Hyder. We were surprised to see so much activity at the junction. It looks like they are building some infra-structure to support all the logging, hydro and power activity going on.
We stopped along the way and took photos - we only had 204 miles of riding today so plenty of time to stop and smell the roses and we did :-)
We were somewhat disappointed to see how many businesses have closed down. There are a few new places in Stewart, but mostly things have shut down. Hyder is quickly becoming a ghost town which is very sad.
We were so lucky that today was a picture perfect sunny day. Every curve seemed to present a postcard view. I ran out of oooohhhs and aaawwhhhs. It was almost overwhelming in the beauty presented. Oh, not too many bugs either which was a big plus :-)
Tomorrow is another big day of 400 plus miles. We'll be riding the Cassiar highway to Watson Lake, Yukon.
Cletha (another year older)
from Stewart, British Columbia