Yesterday, we pulled into Battleford, Alberta for the night. As Dad was trying to keep us from dying, he hit a curb and blew a tire on the trailer. First tire casualty and it wasn’t the roads fault. We were going to spend the night in the Walmart parking lot, but decided we both wanted to take showers and take a break from the trailer. So, we got a hotel room. The Travelodge. It was just renovated and the rooms were very nice…….but…..no A/C. The room was extremely hot, but the beds were extremely comfortable. So, we took out showers, opened a window, had a few drinks, and went to sleep.
We left The Battlefords this morning and was able to arrive in Dawson Creek, British Columbia for a grand total of 598 miles. It was a tough one, but we did it. We drove for almost 12 hours. Tomorrow we are just going to drive as far as we can. There is still a little snow on the ground, frozen lakes and ponds, and break up is almost over for Canada. Crossing rivers you can see the large floating ice burgs flowing down and the flooding that happens when snow melts.
Driving was nerve racking and stressful. There were times I did’t know if we were going to be able to find a gas station to fill up Spike with diesel. We managed to pull through without running out of fuel. The roads are worse than the ALCAN! Riding in the truck towing the large trailer and hitting bumps, dips, holes, cracks in the road feel like you’re being manipulated in a washing machine. I feel my brain rattling in my head and it’s been giving me headaches. Once we stop driving, my head calms down.
Tomorrow we start on the ALCAN where the roads are actually less bumpy and torcheres than Canadian roads. If we keep going driving the distance we are doing, we can be home hopefully in four days. We have to stop in Ninilchik, AK to pick up Trubel, our new bear dog puppy. She’s a cutie!
Tonight, we are staying in the Walmart parking lot in Dawson Creek. I am sitting in the McDonalds as I write this blog. Dinner. Dinner is and was awesome. Have you ever heard of Poutine? Nothing like gravy, real cheese curds and fries. YUMMY!!!!
So. Like I said. We are just going to drive tomorrow. I have no idea hoe far and where we will be sleeping. I love a good adventure.
I hope I can blog tomorrow. It’s hard to find internet when there are no campsites open yet. Hence, McDonalds.
Good night everyone.
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If remember my drives North in April right before my clients arrived during bear hunting season my first stop was Ft Nelson, then Watsons Lake then Whitehorse and finally the push from there into Fairbanks. Also drove a one ton Dodge dully the first couple of round trips and always found fuel even in April but then again I lived by the words in the Milepost.
Enjoy the ALCAN!