Stage 1 Highlights:
It all started on Pyjama day right after the pancake Breakfast I got a ride from Jasper to Prince Rupert from my sister, which alone was a highlight; spending two day on the road with Margaret. Here we go:
I enjoyed the best Fish and Chips on Highway 16 at Dolly’s Fish Market.
The best smoked salmon and black tailed deer sausage at DC Jeff Beckwith’s house.
Flew from Prince Rupert to Masset in a 60’s vintage De Havilland Beaver aircraft.
Cycled through a snow storm in Haida Gwaii (first in 20 years)
Crossed over Hecate Strait from Skidegate back to Prince Rupert on BC Ferries and saw two Humpback Whales.
Pedaled for 45k in a Skeena river outflow, headwinds over 70k per hour
Ate Hungry Hill for lunch.
Met John Klie, Dave Jephsen and Maurie Hurst at Terrace FD.
I was a host on the ‘Open Connection’ show at CFTK TV Terrace.
Slept in the Smithers, Vanderhoof and Prince George Fire Halls.
Had an ice cream cone at DELICIOUS TREATS in Smithers, best one on Highway 16, so far!
Enjoyed the best bacon cheese burger on Highway 16 (thus far) in Smither’s at the Alpenhorn Bistro and Bar.
Stayed with Rotarian and old friend, Garth Schienbein in Burns Lake and received a $500.00 donation from Burns Lake Rotary Club.
Cycled through a blizzard east of New Hazleton.
Had a traditional German; Schnitzel Dinner with Vanderhoof Fire Chief Joe Pacheco
Enjoyed a smoked rib dinner with Prince George Fire Chief and slept with a teddy bear at the PG fire hall.
I met a very inspirational person in PG-tourism’s; Sufey Chen and was interviewed for PG-TV.
Got picked up near Dome Creek and hosted by Brian and Eileen at the Beaver River Ranch McBride, then brought back again in the morning to start again.
Hosted by Ed and Caroline Duchoslav at the ‘2many’ Beaver Farm in McBride and had a couple of Jasper Brewing Company’s Mile Zero IPA courtesy of Shirley Dorin.
Enjoyed a hot lunch with Su Young Leslie and Deb Bottomley in a Su’s Jeep on the side of highway 16 near Crescent Spur.
Enjoyed a great lunch with Janice Walker and Bob Milligan in their beautiful home east of Dunster.
Hosted by the Ian and Barb Wolsey in Tete Jaune Cache and had the best supper and breakfast (on highway 16) cooked by Barb.
I was stopped by Travis Anderson near Mt Robson and he gave me a hand full of cash for MS.
Then pulled over by Michael from Three Ranges Brewing Company and he gave me a growler of IPA and some brewery bling and told me the brewery is taking up a collection for the cause.
Met up with Jake and Julie Derksen near Moose Lake and they joined my on their Fat Bike, Julie rode all the way to Jasper with me.
Outside of Jasper I met up with Bob Covey, Pete Angibrandt and Mayor Richard Ireland and we rode into Jasper followed by a parade of Emergency Vehicles and well-wishers then enjoyed a steak dinner and a few pints of IPA with good friends at the Jasper Brewing Co. and last but not least I finally had a hot bath and slept in my own bed on March 14th!!!
All in all I rolled my Freewheel Kona Fat Bike through over 1000k of snow storms, rain showers, wind, mud, slush, heavy traffic and sunshine in gear from the North Face and Wild Mountain and didn’t get cold or to wet.
And had Fun! Thanks for the support folks!
Stage 2 commences Saturday March 22nd when I head for Hinton and a fund raiser BBQ! (see ya there)