Trans USA & Canada Week 10, 7/27-8/2

Day 65 (7/27): Today was a day of running around town. We located a Seven thousand pound axle. Then located the back plates with brakes along with the drums for it, also got the bearings. We then went back home and assembled the axle. We then had to locate a machine shop to hone out the wheel adapters to fit over the hub. And at the end of the day we finally dropped off both axles at the fabricator. The fabricator has to shorten the new axle and place the spring mounts as needed.

Day 66 (7/28): I left in the morning to go find a U-bolt kit for the new axle. I found one at Princess Auto. I wish the states had a store like this. I then swung by the fabricators in the later afternoon and he was just getting started. I headed back to the host family house for some lunch. And about 2pm we got the phone call the axle was ready. We went and picked it up and measured it to make sure. Then headed back to the house to mount the axle on the trailer. Mounting went really quick and I wired up the new brakes. I packed up my things and stayed for supper. I would like to give a big thanks to Gordon and Stephanie and the kids for hosting me on such short notice twice and feeding me. I then hit the road. I stopped at this rest area to take a picture of Lake Kamloops on the way out of town.

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I headed off to the last spot I camped at since it was right on the trail and barley of the highway. I arrived after dark and just went straight to bed.

Day 67 (7/29): I woke up to the sounds of dog playing in the stream as the owners took them to play early in the morning. I got up and checked over the trailer and vehicle again and found this little guy hanging out on my roof rack. He must have thought it was a good place the night before. His wing got stuck and he was dead so I brushed him off.

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I then headed down the trail. It soon turned back into dirt backroads and pine forests. Just after lunch time something did not feel rights. So I pulled over to check everything out. This is what I found.

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So the hunt begins for another spare tire. It appears that the tread started to separate from the tire and in the process the tire blew.

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I quickly put on one of my spare tires and continued on down the road. I finally got to start seeing mountain tops again above the tree line.

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I continued on and found some better views for the first time in a week.

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Going further down the road I found this great camping spot just 10miles before the next town. Next to where two streams meet up.

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Day 68 (7/30): Today was a great day of travel  with no break downs. This morning the road quickly changed from gravel to pavement. I drove by this great rest area with a wonderful view.

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After about 40 miles of pavement driving and going through a few small towns I got back on gravel and passed a few mountain lakes. Which are always crystal clear.

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The terrain changed from tightly packed pine forest to patch of pine forests with open fields around them.

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I also came across this river which has cut a gorge into the open fields. With some interesting rock faces around it.

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I continued on and am headed towards Chiko lake.

Day 69 (7/31): Today was just a day trip down and around a few lakes. I took off late this morning and came across some great lake shots.

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All morning long I drove towards these mountain.

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This river was amazing it was blue water but due to the rapids it appeared to be green. Just think of all the salmon that swim up all of these rivers and streams.

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Some more great lakes and mountains.

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As soon as I reached the lakes. I started driving through this tight pine forest road. Thank goodness I did not run into traffic. I drove through about 20miles of trail like this. I had to clear a few trees.

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After going 10 miles I hit a swampy field and decided not to try to cross it so I turned around and headed back the way I came. I made it through about half of the loop I was trying to do today. Tomorrow is to head to town since I only have about 8 gallons of gas left and it will be a close call to the nearest gas station.

Day 70 (8/1): I woke up this morning with one thing I needed to do. Find some gasoline. I had to backtrack about 30 miles to find some gasoline and fill up my tank and jerry cans again. After the 2 hour trip to get gas and heading back to the start. I finally got to see some new terrain. For the remainder of the morning I headed through plains with the sporadic pine forests.

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I then started following this canon for a several hours with amazing views.

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I winded down the canyon down to this cool suspension bridge over the river.

IMG_1715 IMG_1718I then followed the canyon for several more miles. It was a twisty road that I could see being very dangerous.

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On one of the hair pin corners I noticed several cars at the bottom of the revenue. Who knows if they were abandon or a horrible car wreck.

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After about 10 more miles of winding roads I came across this small ferry.

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This ferry is pretty interesting. It is all manually operated. There are two cables one upstream from the ferry and one downstream suspended about 100 ft up into the air. There is a pulley tray on the upstream c able and just a tail cable downstream from the ferry for safety. The ferry has a floating wood anchor that keeps it pointing upstream. There are also two cables one from each pontoon that goes up to the upstream pulley tray. Utilizing these two cables they can angle the ferry so the current pushes it to one bank or the other. All these cables are tightened or loosened by hand powered cranks.

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After the ferry I headed out to find a camping spot since I was the last to cross and got there right before it shut down for the night. I instantly drove up a 15% slop for several miles with pin tight switchbacks which kill your speed and momentum. Once I reached the top it was an amazing view of where I’ve just been.

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I continued on for about 20 more miles until I found an old road I could turn off into for the night.

Day 71 (8/2): Today was a great day of trails and views. I’m officially back in the mountains and all day I followed this ravine and river.

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I then went into a small Native American town and filled up on gas and headed out on another detour up and around a mountain top. The terrain is steep and the trail was narrow. It seemed like most of the trails were atv and dirt bike trails. I’m currently half way through the detour and if the terrain and trail keeps up this way it will be an all day trip tomorrow returning to that small town so I can continue on down the T-CAT.