Pictures: Day 7

Day 7 / Wednesday, June 18, 2008

If anyone thinks I'm carrying too much, check this out. That's a trike with a trailer and I've see those trailers expand into very comfortable accommodations.

The start of my bike troubles on this trip - the end cap of my exhaust was vibrating itself loose.

I stopped at this muffler shop and the owner, Daryl quickly came out and drilled a hole and put a screw to hold the end cap on and wouldn't accept any payment. He said other people have helped him out while he was traveling and he was just paying it forward. This was the start of this recurring theme on this trip.

Heading west on the Yellowhead Highway to catch the start of the Cassiar Highway heading north to Alaska. The road was wide and had quite a few straight stretches. I could've used a throttle lock of some kind. But very pleasing scenery.

Coming up to New Hazelton, situated right by this majestic mountain.

Is that a gorgeous campsite or what? I saw a picture of this campsite on and decided to stay here. The setting was just great with very few campers, nice facilities, river and...

...a stunning mountain view. This is the 6,800 ft Hagwilget Peak of the Rocher de Boule Mountain Range. The mountain features in the local Native American tribes of Gitksan and Wet'suwet'en First Nations. I happened to run into a spokesperson for the tribes and he shared some tribal stories about the mountain.

This is what I brought my digital SLR camera for - low light photos. And with Nature throwing such beautiful colors and scenery at me, it's not hard to take good photos.

I'm new to SLR cameras and was still trying to figure out the optimum settings.

A shot of the campground from my campsite. What a view, huh.

My campsite.

Getting a fire going. The camp store was closed so I went into town and asked a local where to buy some firewood and he said not to worry because he had lots at his house and I could take what I needed. How nice.

Fire. I love the concept of getting a fire going. It immediately adds warmth in terms of heat and light to a campsite making it feel a bit more homey.

My compact camp stove that I borrowed from a mountaineering friend. It boils water very quickly.

And this was my typical camping dinner. I carried along pre-cooked food (some Thai Tuna curries, basmati rice, briyanis - can't take the Indian out of me). I just needed to put the pouches in boiling water for a few minutes and I had a warm meal ready to eat.

Sun setting at about 11 pm local time.

The campsite at night, feeling a bit lived-in due to the fire.

Next: Day 8, Riding the Cassiar Highway

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