This is a long enough drive for us….275 miles.
A little bit rainy and cloudy this morning but not cold.
The creek between us and the highway. Rushing and dirty.
When we were here a couple of years ago in the spring the creek was threatening to overflow it’s banks and we left and went up to Clinton where it snowed! It had snowed in Williams Lake and we were laying over a couple of days until things calmed down. It was the beginning of May, just like now.
We’ll get into Prince George mid afternoon.
Between Cache Creek and Clinton it rained and all the traffic splashed the windshield. So…my pictures will contain the leftover Mexico sticker, a bicycle and road grime….great!
The Clinton Emporium and….junk shop.
Neat old church in Clinton.
Not very green here either.
The cattle are still in close eating hay.
Dull today but still pretty.
Coming down the long, long, long hill into 100 mile House. This is a horrible climb coming south.
100 mile house.
See what I mean about windshield grime. I zoom, I crop and still this is what I get.
Lovely little farms along the way. They don’t need that irrigation line yet.
Eric spied this train which turned out to be a passenger train which you rarely ever see.
Just south of Williams Lake there is huge construction. The plan is to make the highway 4 lanes from 100 mile House to Prince George and they are working here right now. The sign said it should take about 10 years to complete the whole project.
Huge equipment working here.
Ladies…one of the drivers was a woman. Aren’t you impressed!
Coming into Williams Lake.
We have friends in Alexis Creek (head out towards Bella Coola) that we haven’t seen in years. We turn right for Prince George.
Fraser River, railway bridge and huge hay fields as we head towards Quesnel.
A derelict building called the Anders Roadhouse which now serves chiefly as a billboard structure for the Ford dealership in Quesnel. It's a classic "saltbox" with a straight front facade, two storeys of windows on the front, and a collapsed dormer on the rear roof pitch. It stands by the side of the highway about 5 km. north of the Fort Alexandria historic cairn.
South of Quesnel and we stopped at the Australian Rest Stop for lunch. Its name is derived from that of the Australian Ranch, one of British Columbia's first ranching operations and also an important and popular roadhouse on the Cariboo Road during the Cariboo Gold Rush and afterwards. The Canadian National Railway point at this location is named Australian Wye.
Cattle grazing here.
Coming into Quesnel.
Bridge over Quesnel River.
As we waited to turn north on 97 in Quesnel I saw this War Memorial dedicated to the memory of the men of the Cariboo who gave their lives in the 1st, 2nd and Korean War.
When summer comes Quesnel does a great job with beautification. Lots of hanging baskets and flowers everywhere. It is always a bit warmer in Quesnel than either Williams Lake or Prince George when we come through.
Down this long, long hill and the logging truck is coming up. Lots and lots of truck carrying logs today.
All that wood turns into sawdust here for Pinnacle woodstove pellets.
Hay trucks on the road too.
And…more logs. Spruce, pine….you name it.
Before Hixon and more huge construction.
More highway widening I guess.
So…we are parked in the Bon Voyage Motel/RV hook-ups at the northwest end of Prince George where we usually stop heading south and north. The water isn’t on because it’s still been freezing which is no problem and we only have 15amp power but we only need a little bit of heat as it’s not cold so that’s no problem either. We can have a continental breakfast in the morning as part of the RV fee and then ….on the road again in the morning.
I will take pictures tomorrow but I can’t guarantee that I will get another posting done soon. We don’t have a hard wired internet connection at home because we are rural and Telus has not made it available to us or many of the other people who live out our way. We had dial-up internet which Telus abandoned just before we left last fall as they said it was too expensive to maintain but since I couldn’t post with it anyway because it was too slow it didn’t really matter. We will get some sort of cell based internet but I doubt you will see much in the way of posts over the next few months. I always promise to do the odd post and then it just falls by the wayside….sorry. In the end this is a travel blog so I guess that’s just they way it is!