Watson Lake Yukon, I road out of the Cassier Highway today, shorter riding day. Resupplied in town and was the guest of the gracious Warm Showers hosts Berry and Susan Drury. Watson Lake is one of the few cities in the Yukon, next main resupply is in Whitehorse, about 300 miles away. The Cassier highway is not for lightweights, it is beautiful, but remote, wild and can be unforgiving, quite an experience.
Boya Lake Park, beautiful place, clear water. Had to ride in some hard rain showers for part of the day, but it cleared up by the time to camp. Longer ride today about 90 miles. More bears along the road today, got pics of a large black and brown, yikes,
Waters Edge Campground north of Dease Lake, nice folks, but no showers, potable water and just a pit toilet. Got there and got the camp setup right before a downpour. Resupplied at Dease Lake, I was overdue.
Mountain Shadow RV park, great place and folks, but long day to get there, 100 miles today with lots of climbing. Running low on food again.
Bell II Lodge and campground. I setup up in the tenting site, then met Jay a fellow my age that started talking about the black bear that was wandering around and he invited me to stay in an adjacent log cabin. Ate an amazing meal at the Lodge buffet, all the salmon, salad, taters and desert you could eat, best meal on the trip.
Meziadin Lake Park, nice place, but hard to find a site with some grass to pitch the tent. No showers, so I jumped in the cold lake, which felt good. The only drinking water for the park is a big green hand pump, cool, but hard to pump. Shorter ride today, but the Cassier has a lot of climbing.
Cassiar RV Park just outside of Kitwanga, nice facility. Saw my first black bear today on the way here from Smithers on the Yellowhead highway, just ran across the road in front of me.
I am the guest of Warm Showers Hosts Laura and Floyd Mackay in Smithers, great town. Got my tire retrued a the bike shop, new chain again and drive chain cleaned up, yea. I took a rest day with my hosts as they said I would need it for the Cassier highway, I restocked and I shot off a can of bear spray to see how well they worked, very short range, but thick cloud, got the family that was watching coughing, but was fun.
Burns Lake has a small park on the lake in town where you can camp for free, so I setup there. Another longish day of riding 90+ miles to get here. Met a fellow from Vancover on his way across Canada. He is pulling a trailer and was a bit down because he just broke his axle.
Dave's RV Resort just outside Vanderhoof, great folks and place. It was warmer today and I got a bit dehydrated even with 5 water bottles during the day. I drank a half gallon on milk, then a half gallon of water at Dave's and felt better. Long ride today again, 100 miles, but the wind was behaving itself, so it was not that bad.
Purden Lake Resort was like going to the beach, lots of folks there for holiday weekend, the tenting spot is one of the best locations to camp, right next to the water. Did my laundry and had a good burger at the lodge, another long day 94 miles today, I am pooped.
Beaverview campground in McBride, cool town and campground. Bit of a tail wind today so made 106 miles. Resupplied and rehydrated at McBride and bought some great home-made cookies from a woman on the street.
Whistler campground outside Jasper, I tried to connect with couch surfers in town with no luck, so I resupplied, did laundry in town, ate another Subway and went to the campground. They wanted 25.00, so I rode around until I found a nice German couple who let me stay at their site for free, there had been stuck there for days because of the flooding.
Rampart Creek Wilderness Hostel, no power, no shower, but awesome wood sauna, the hottest I have ever been in, and jumping in the icy creek after gets you nice an clean. Four other guests in the hostel that night.
Castle Junction Hostel, hard day today, windy, rainy, hard climbing, no place to eat, so just had some junk food for dinner. Lots of bear sign and warnings on the road today, they even had flashing lights on the road that warned of bears ahead, sigh,
The Canyon RV Park in Radium, great facility and nice folks. Did laundry and got a site next to the river. Hard day today, rain, rain, rain. Did go to the hot springs and has a nice soak in their pool, too bad it was a steep climb up to them from the campsite.
Park outside Wasa Lake, no showers, so jumped into the lake. Easy ride today as I dropped in elevation from Fernie. Lots of flooding in this part of Canada, The road was closed for a half hour to let the water go down off the road on the way to Wasa today.
Fernie, stayed at the Raging Elk hostel, got my own room, because so few folks were there. Flooding is pretty bad on the ride today, but had a great meal of Thai food for dinner. Fernie is quit the hip place for winter sports and such.
Pincher Creek Campground just on the edge of town. Resupplied and got ready for the evening rain. Today has amazing views, but was cold, very windy with lots of climbing.
Lee Creek Campground is just outside Cardson, Alberta, I am in Canada, but had trouble getting in. At the border they needed a birth certificate and lucky for me, Patrick was home and was able to find it and fax it to me. Cold, wet, and windy most of the day.
Cut Bank Montana, major resupply and jumping off point for the north, so I got a room at the super-8. I picked up my boxes at the post office including the one sent from home with colder weather gear and new supply of meds. Put on new chain and set of tires that were in the care package I sent to myself and watched it rain outside.
Long day today, but had a tailwind, so made 105 miles. Stopped at Chester a nice little town and got a room for the night because it looked like the sky was going to fall on me and they are predicting severe thunderstorms and large hail for tonight, I would rather not see how my tent holds up against large hail, thank you very much.....
Harlem has a nice site for cyclists to camp and use the bathroom next to their pool. I called the local police to let them know I was staying and they unlocked the bathroom for me. Good wind again today, 118 miles, but the mosquitos are eating me alive, they say that they just hatched, and that it was a bumper crop this year.
Shady Rest RV park outside Glasgow. Hard day, strong headwind most of the day and some drivers were too close, I had to give they hand signals to let them know they should move over a bit.
Not much available for camping out here so after 70+ miles of hard headwinds I decided to do my first stealth camp of the trip about 10 miles east of Vida. I had to get setup quickly as the bugs were out and after me in droves.
Green Valley campground near Glendive, did laundry, showered and got a 6-pack of beer, only size available. My notes say wind, wind, wind today, 25 mph headwinds sure make for slow going and a long day.
Red Trail Campground in Medora. Long ride today coming off my rest day in Bismarck. 133 miles and it was very cool riding from the prairie into the badlands of North Dakota.
I had an excellent time as a guest of my old college buddy Rick Nelson and his wife Donna. It was really great to reconnect with you guys, thanks for being such excellent hosts.
Called up Ron and Joyce in the afternoon in Bismarck and they proved to be the perfect Warm Showers hosts. I got a new tire and supplies at the local bike shop, did other shopping. I also got to meet our old friends, Mary and Dave, we had an excellent visit over a glass of wine, ah, this is life....
State Line RV Park Pollock, nice facility and they had beer! I make it into North Dakota today, pretty easy ride. Did laundry at RV park where the tent sites were only eight dollars, cool.
Staying in City Park in Akaska where they have water and restrooms available. I was going to stay at the RV park in town, but they wanted 35.00 for a tent site. I had dinner in town and a couple recommended the city park as a place to stay. Hard day today almost 9 hours of riding time and all headwinds, pretty remote stretch and I got a bit dehydrated again.
Staying at warm-showers hosts just outside of Pierre, SD. They saved me from a windy, rainy, cool afternoon.
Medicine Creek Recreational Area Campground on the Iron Nation. Fishermen were bringing in lots of walleye. This seems to be a popular spot for local young folks to gather late at night and early in the morning, great folks,
Campground at Snake Creek Recreational area, again, lots of fishermen coming and going.
Fort Randall Dam Campground, very nice facility and campsites
Sand Creek access, went a bit off route today because route 50 had a great shoulder and I had a bit of a tail wind. Just shy of 2K for the trip so far
Stayed with my first couch-surfing hosts and had a great time visiting Elk Point. I got to ride their tractor pulling the soybean planter and got to talk about marathons, fun stuff.
Lewis and Clark State Park in Iowa, great facility, but a bit buggy.
Home of Warm-Showers hosts in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They were able to host me under short notice, I rode to their place in the rain, but had a great visit.
Brownsville, Nebraska a campground just outside of town that was partially flooded, had to ride through water to get to it. The Missouri River has been flooding this season.
Rode into Kansas trying to beat the storm systems but lost. I grabbed a hotel for a rest day in the rain.
Weston Bend State Park, great facility. Long day riding today and got a bad flat with a big chunk of glass in my rear tire. Missed most of the storm systems, but not the wind today.
Was hoping to make it father today, but the storm systems moved in. The great folks at the Lexington, MO Fire Department put me up for the night.
Arrow Rock State Park in a gem of a park in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, it was Monday and everything in the small town was closed so I had to eat crackers and candy bars I found at the park visitor's center.
Tebbett's is the only hostel on the Katy Trail, so I thought I would give it a try. Kind of spooky when there by yourself and a storm is kicking up outside.
Guys at the bike shop in Washington, MO. They replaced my bottom-bracket cable guide and chain. I only got about 2K on my chain, they said they see that with the climbing and loaded touring.
Lion's Club park campsite in Potsoi, MO. Long day today with lots of climbing, over 100 miles, but had a great steak, and salad when I got to town.
I stopped at a church retreat center and the kind folks there let me stay in the tent site for the night, great help, because I would have had to stealth otherwise.
My longest day today, 120 miles, yikes. I road into Cape Gardneau pooped out without a place to stay. I saw a group of road riders riding downtown and followed them till they stopped. One of the riders found a place for me to stay the night, thanks,
I met a rider coming in from the west coast today and he said I should try to stay with Wayne at the Marion United Methodist Church, which I did. They have a great place that has bee hosting touring cyclist for years.
My second stay at the Sebree First Baptist Church, great folks and a great facility for hosting touring cyclists.
Nice camp site at Rough River State Park, I got to use my lifetime senior park pass for the first time to save a few bucks. It was hot and buggy, just as it was when I stayed at there other campground last year.
My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, I stayed here last year as well.
The guys at fire station 2 in Berea let me setup the tent out back and do laundry, thanks guys,
Boonville, KY, Booneville Presp Church have a great place to host touring cyclists, stayed there with three other cross-country cyclists.
Stayed with David and two other cyclists at the Hindman Historical Society, great dinner and breakfast, as well as cold beer.
Another long day today, 106 miles with lots of climbing, sigh. Very cold this morning, low 30's when I got on the road. Staying at Breaks Interstate Park tonight.
Troutdale Hostel, very nice folks that help run the hostel brought some food for myself and the three AT hikers that were at the hostel. I am not a fan of hostels, I prefer a tent.
Pioneer Campground right on the transam route. Another long day today, glad I found a place to stay, it got down into the 30's again last night.
Troutville city park hosts touring cyclists and I am staying there for the second time.
Did the climb up to the Blue Ridge Parkway today, OMG, that was hard, especially the way I went. Dirk is a great Warm Showers host that is hosting me tonight. It was my first Warm Showers visit,
First night at orchard b&b lovingston va happy to arrive and Cyndy soon after in Subaru
Start of my tour by hsc flagpole
This the building where I work on campus
The street I ride daily to my office via sacra on hsc campus
This is the end of our street on a rainy day