Trans USA & Canada Week 11, 8/3-8/11

Day 72 (8/3): I woke up today at noon since I could not fall asleep last night until early morning. I headed down the mountain that I spent all afternoon climbing up last night. Once I got down the mountain after a few hours I headed down this dirt road that followed a river. The road kept climbing up this mountain banks and back down and were fairly narrow.


I came across a few mountain lakes where the road was about 1-2’ higher than the water line and a few times dipped down lower then the water line.


All day long I was surrounded by these rocky mountains that still had snow in the crevasses.

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After passing over this large earth damn I got to pass through this tunnel.

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After the damn I did a steep hill climb of fifteen degrees up a mountain side.


Then went down the mountain to the other side where another lake lied.

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I finally found a campsite for the night inside of a British Columbia Public Park. The first campground I’ve stayed at in Canada. It is right near Nairn Falls so I decided to take the one mile hike to go find the falls. I have to say the way they have it setup it is difficult to find a good spot to get a picture. Here is the first stage of the fall.

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There was a neat wirl pool right below this stage of the fall and they say they believe there is a underground tunnel for the water to flow through also.


Here is the second stage of the fall.


And here is the river below the falls first picture is shot upstream then the second is downstream.

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Day 73 (8/4): I woke up this morning and headed down the freeway towards Vancouver Island as my final destination today. If you ever visit Vancouver you need to drive up to whistler for the amazing views.


Once I hit the ferry terminal I came to the decision that I would not cross. They do not allow any more than 1 external fuel container on the vehicle and on the trailer. I currently had 3 full and 3 empties with a full tank of gas. Also all the empty containers needed to be filled with water. I was not about to put water into a fuel can and not have a place to dispose of the water afterwards and also contaminate the container for future fuel. So Instead I decided to go grocery shop today and work my way up towards Alaska. I found a great camping site 5 miles off the highway down a pretty bumpy dirt road. This view is a short fifty foot walk from my campsite.

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Day 74 (8/5): Today was a picture less day due to it raining and being foggy all day. I headed out this morning while it was raining and headed to the town of hope a few miles down the road. I found a Kalo Tire. They did not happen to have a used spare in my size. But they did balance and rotate my tires along with doing an alignment for me. While doing so they replaced a valve stem that was half broke and leaked when you touched it. It took them all afternoon to do everything, so longer than expected. I finally got on the road after five. I headed down the road for a little bit then found great campsite alongside a river.

Day 75 (8/6): I woke up today and luckily it was not raining anymore. Right near my campsite was a sign about the original trail through the lower BC area. You can see it cut away in the hillside.


Today was all highway driving with amazing views of mountain sides all day.


I saw finally found a campsite near a creek. I played around with some camera settings for a little while.

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Day 76 (8/7): I woke up this morning and headed towards Kamloops again. Today was all highway driving up and down and around mountains. I got some great photos of the mountains around the lake.

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I got to cross another ferry with some wonderful views.

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I then went into Kamloops where a tire shop finally had a tire in my size to replace the spare that fell apart. They had two of them and they were discontinued tires so they gave me a buy one get one free so I got both of them and replaced anther one that had uneven wear due to the bent trailer axle. Tomorrow goal is to charge up to Prince George tomorrow towards new territory.

Day 77 (8/8): Today was another great day of highway driving. I got to see some more mountains. There were not a lot of great places to turn off to take photos so here are a few I got.

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I stopped early today to do some scheduled maintenance and cooked up some great bbq.

Day 78 (8/9): Today was another day of highway driving with not much of a view some more rolling mountain tops here and there. I also went through a bunch of small towns and dealing with weekend RV and Camper traffic on a two lane highway. I ended up at a British Columbia Park Campground and took my first shower in over a week. I can’t wait till I hit the remoteness of the Yukon and Alaska.