Up to this point, the trip has been very interesting, but the road hasn’t changed much from North Dakota to Fort Nelson. Mostly wide open plains, some farmland, the occasional mountain in the distance.
Today, for the first time, I really felt like I was in the wilderness, traveling a remote road to a never-before-seen destination. The road shifted from a true asphalt road to a kind of a “chip-sealed” gravel type road. It’s rougher and there are often patches where the seal has gone and potholes and loose gravel are a real danger. Luckily, the road folks here are pretty good about warning signs before you reach the nastier spots so you can slow down and drive around big potholes.
Also, the terrain has changed. Yesterday, I spoke of the deep, dense, primal forest lining the roads. They now extend, seemingly, forever. Across mountains and valleys and around lakes and rivers. The Rocky Mountains end here in British Columbia, the final point in a mountain chain that reaches through the middle of the U.S. to New Mexico.
Stopping points are few and far between and they are not particularly modern. Old style gas pumps and 50 year old diners are the norm. But the food is good, the gas works, and there are plenty of people to talk to over a piece of pie and cup of coffee.
Leaving Fort Nelson, the forest thickened quickly:
Started getting a little mountainous too:
Mountain streams ran alongside the road for many miles:
And lakes appeared out of the mist:
Here’s Muncho Lake:
The lake gets its green hue from leaching minerals in the surrounding mountains.
And there were some animals…
And, then, there was this guy. Sitting all alone in his own private mud hole. He was looking very dapper as Bison etiquette says that wearing jewelry behind your right ear means “I’m available”:
Stopped at the Muncho Lake Lodge for a bite. Here’s a taste of their drab interior:
Tomorrow, I’ll be adding the Marysville city sign to the Signpost Forest. I’ll also post some stuff about the legendary Air Force Lodge where I’m spending the night tonight. It’s legendary…
There’s a whole bunch of random pics in today’s photo album – Check ’em out!
Today’s Travel: 336 miles
Total Travel To Date: 4991 miles