Got up and the sun was shining no bears this morning so a relaxed break down of my campsite soaking up the sun not getting any quicker at this but when the sun is shining who cares. Leaving Nova Scotia and heading for Prince Edward Island and as usual Philly calculation on distances are totally wrong so I arrived in Charlottetown at 9.30pm that evening, in my defence there was an hour and half wait for the ferry and the ferry also took an hour and half so I would have been there in time for tea so my calculations are reasonable 🙂 I was cream crackered and I did not fancy another night under canvas even though the sun had been shining all day and it was a lovely evening I think my love affair with me tent is over especially when you can get a bed plus breakfast in a hostel for roughly the same price. So many thanks to lovely people of the VIC (Visitor Information Centre absolutely brilliant folks have been nothing but helpful and there’s is also free internet), I had spotted there was a hostel on PEI Island so plugged the address into my GPS and as I said arrived at 9.30pm at night. I went for a walk as my head was a bit woolly as it had been a long day on the bike and I thought maybe I will stay 2 nights here as the place had a nice vibe about it but I changed my mind when I was on the internet later that evening and I typed in Charlottetown PEI to Fairbanks Alaska into Google maps and I got the following response
7,663 km and 93 hours eeeeeeek
That’s bleeding miles as I said before these distances are blowing my poor little brain when I was looking at the map of the world I have on my wall at home it does not look that far but in reality I may have bitten of more than I can chew so as per Oliver Twist “I am reviewing the situation!”
The surprising thing about sleeping in the tent is how well I actually do sleep so I did not wake up till 9.30am and slepped the miles to the shower complex. It had been raining and was still drizzling a bit so thought I would be packing a wet tent but it dried pretty quickly. Showers need a dollar coin to work of which I had but only one as I thought one should be more than enough but halfway through the water switched of and I was still covered in soap normally you are left with just cold water but this one stopped completely and it was miles back to the tent so I was well pissed of by now. By the time I hit the road it was 11.30am after I had some breakfast my usual at the first Tim Horton’s that I passed. The roads where straight and long as I had come out of the Rockies and was in the prairies again I guess the clue is the name of the place I was leaving but soon I hit the British Colombia border and Dawson Creek Milestone 0 of the Alaska Highway and the scenery vastly improved.
Right Road ?
I got some maps and info at the visitor center so that I have a better idea on where I am going and I am all excited and I cannot wait to hit the road. Cackling and giggling to myself in my helmet Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and now British Colombia at milestone 0 of the Alaska highway I have done about 9,000km already and yet it feels like this is just the beginning of the trip. Somebody at the campsite last night said the run from Grande Prairie to Fort Nelson was dull well if that was dull I can’t wait for the rest as I was well impressed even when it started to rain this could not dampen my spirits. I gained another hour coming into BC so got to Fort Nelson at about 7pm a hard day of more than 600km so the first port of call to see if there was any affordable (my budget) non camping options, unfortunately not bugger so I found a campsite in town and I am swamped with mossies’ yet again I hate the little fecker’s. I brought a little yellow bracelet today, which is supposed to keep them away for 200hrs! It did not work me thinks but what do you expect for 2 bucks. I have just finished a huge Prime Rib dinner with a bake potato that was just what I needed and I am charging my computer and updating this. I will go for a bit of a walk and see if I can get on the Internet to publish this back at the campsite and see if I can avoid the mosquitos but I think that is doubtful. It is Canada day tomorrow and there is a parade so I may hang around for that and then back on the road as the next town which is only 600km away!
Right Road guess it is!