Near Chetwynd, BC, Canada

Where is pullout near Chetwynd?

A beautiful spot, all alone except for the occasional traffic (every 20 – 40 minutes or so until 11 PM, then virtually nothing). Oh, also for the mystery hoofs. As I was finishing a novel, I heard the sound of crunching gravel outside. Someone running up to the Barth? Let’s take a quick look.

There was a Moose running down the shoulder f the road, a small calf struggling to keep up. She ran a few hundred feet and thankfully found a way off the roadway. Know what, to be honest, the moose is not the most beautiful beast on earth, but she sure can run gracefully, fluid in motion!

Today I took the road to Hudson Hope, paused in that small town, both road and town not existing until two hydroelectric plants were built nearby. Interesting tours of the plants, and a dinner out consisting of some pork concoction.

I am currently about half way between Chetwynd and Tumbler ridge, which I will visit tomorrow.

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Fort Nelson, BC, Canada

Where is Fort Nelson?

After an early departure, and a long drive, I landed just South of Ft.Nelson at a RV Park by a truck stop. Not an ideal location, but it has no trees, so I can get i-net signal as well as XM radio. Not that reading isn’t a good break from driving and seeing, it is nice to have outside contact again. I might point out that when I switched satellites for internet, I gave up TV (I could manually aim for it, but I was never motivated). I had prerecorded 100 hours of movies from DirecTV onto video recorder, but have watched not a single one!

I saw many of these today:

In fact there was a whole herd of them. I would have gotten out of the Barth and made enough shots to fill a table top photo book, but the sheep were in the pullout. I stopped and stared for a while, but decided I didn’t want to be rear-ended by that occasional semi. Ahh… too bad.

Yesterday I drove the Campbell Highway, by far the dustiest highway so far. This is what my Jeep engine compartment looked like when I opened the hood to jump start it this afternoon (I left the aux brake on over too many nights):

Note that the outside has already been pressure washed earlier today.

Unfortunately, my whole MH is similar inside. I am sitting a day or two to clean up inside the Barth and Jeep, since I should be on no more dirt roads, except for road repairs.

I did not show them in the pict, but I now have two broken headlamps, two broken fog lights, and a cracked windsheld on the Jeep. I have had some very hard hits on the Barth windshield, but so far it has held it own. Most of the Jeep damage came from my own tires on the MH. I don’t need headlights up here, it never gets dark, till winter, then it never gets daylight.

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Muncho Lake Provincial Park Pullout

Where is Muncho Lake Provincial Park?

At another pullout. Unfortunately, two other motorhomes pulled in ere after I did. I stopped here because satellite internet connection looked promising from here. And so it was. So I am doing a little computer catchup tonight. Thsi road has a little light traffic. The ones I have been stopping beside had maybe a car every hour or so, and no traffic at night. This spot is on the Eastern half of the Alaskan Highway.

Last night I stayed somewhere beside a desolate highway, but I forgot to log the location.

I saw some of these on the highway today:

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Got Out Of Hyder, $$$

Where is Jade City, BC?

Got out of Hyder/Stewart easier than I thought. Two tires, one rim, one brake line, and many dollars later, and I was rolling by noon.

The rim:

Just concentrated on driving today, not many places to stop. Saw about 1 car per 30 minutes. Awful road, about 1/3 dirt, rough, and muddy. Even the paved part was rough as the proverbial… you get the idea.

I am about 1 hour short of the Alaska Highway.

See this mud:

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Problems Again!

On the way from Hyder this morning, about 15 miles away, I felt something slightly unusual in the Barth, going up a long hill. I shut off the wipers, the defrosters, the heaters, the radio, but all seemed well. Not much matter either way, as there was no where to stop.

The first opportunity, I finally found a pullout, and started to inspect everything. What I found was not pleasant.

The right front tire on the Jeep had blown out or gone flat. By the time I stopped, there were only slight remnants of a tire left. The alloy rim was badly damaged. The missing tire caused the front wheels to crab to the right, so the left tire had been half rolling, half scrubbing sideways. It was smoking, or steaming from the rain.

As I considered putting the spare in place of the missing tire, I unhooked the Jeep, during which process it became aware that there were no brakes. I did not inspect closely in the muddy rain, but I suspect that the tire remnants took out the brakes.

At this point it was clear that there was nothing I could do at this miserable sight, so I returned to a service station/truck repair place in Stewart, arranged for a tow, and I will find out the damages in the morning, as the garage was closed on Sunday.

So I will need a new rim, two new tires, and a brake repair, so I have no idea how long I will be at Stewart/Hyder. Since I have already seen everything, and since I do not have the Jeep, it is now rather boring, so I have resorted to the 100 hours of recorded movies on this rainy afternoon.

Unfortunately, behind 30,000 pounds of motorhome, pushed by 400 hp of noisy diesel, one can tell little of what is happening with a 3,000 pound Jeep in tow.

This isn’t the first such occurrence. On my trip to Big Bend, I pulled the Jeep 500 miles with the parking brake on. The motorhome didn’t even whimper.

The tad of good news is that, on the side trip in the Jeep his morn, the one that probably ruined my tire, I got a bear shot:

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