Monday, April 29, 2019

Cache Creek, Brookside RV to Prince George, Bon Voyage

 We were up early today as it's about 272 miles to Prince George.  It was cold over night but our electric heater managed to keep us warm.  Cool, windy and sunny this morning as we got ready to leave the park.  Up ahead you can see the bridge over Brookside Creek.
 Coming through Cache Creek and we'll fuel up just ahead at the PetroCan. 
 This harmless little creek on our right is the one that caused all the problems last spring when it flooded the main highway.  That's why we took and alternate route home up through Valemont and McBride to Prince George.
 Next up Clinton.  We'd stay here but it's usually a lot colder than Cache Creek. 
 Pretty little town in the Cariboo.
 Main Street..and the main north south highway as well. 
 Straight like an arrow.  When we came through in September there was snow at the edge of the road. 
 Coming down towards 100 mile House and you can see the snow on the mountains in the distance.
 It's a long way down into 100 mile house and we overheated coming up this hill when we were heading south in September. 
 Nice here but....too darn cold in the winter!
 335 kms or just over 200 miles.
 Pretty little lake by the edge of the highway.
 We both really like the Cariboo and talked about moving here in the early years.  In the end we stayed in Terrace. 
 Coming down into Williams Lake and you can see the lake on our left.  They are working on the highway all the way through.
 Turn left for the Chilcotin and our friends Rick and Cathy's place in Alexis Creek or turn right for Prince George and then on to Terrace.
 Coming up the hill out of Williams Lake.
 We finally saw someone working instead of a bunch of pylons and signs.
 To the left the mighty Fraser River which comes all the way from Vancouver and we'll still see it when we get to Prince George. 
 Green grass and the cattle are out in some places but still no leaves anywhere.
 Coming down into Quesnel and you can see the bridge over the river.
 Quesnel has a pulp mill so it doesn't smell great here but I guess you get used to it.  They also have some sort of a little micro climate which makes it warm and green here when other areas that aren't too far away are not. 
 We wind our way through the city and then turn right to head north.
 The old railroad bridge which is now only for pedestrians.
 Paving on the hill on the north side of town and we had to wait for about 20 minutes to get through.
 Big rock face here.
 It was a pretty quiet drive today and although there are bunches of traffic here and there no one is in a raging hurry which is a welcome change from down south.  The Okanagan traffic is just crazy.  It used to be a nice quiet place 40 years ago but now it's become the mecca for people from Alberta and the Vancouver area.  More and more and more people ....too bad because it has really ruined the area.
 This is a small mill that is making wood pellets for pellet stoves which are quite popular up north where people don't have access to natural gas and electricity is expensive.  A clean type of wood heat.
 It has been a lovely sunny day but it looks a little ominous up ahead.  The weather did say that there was 30% chance of showers in Prince George and it looks like this may be it.
 Yup...a little rain and a little sleet.
 Up ahead is an area that they have redone with the north bound lanes up high and the south bound ones down low.  In the middle is the weigh scales. 
 Coming down the hill into Prince George.  I seem to be saying we are coming down into or up out of every town as we travel along.  Well...we are going up and down quite a lot!
 Heading north through Prince George and it's not too busy today.  It's usually packed so this is a welcome surprise.
Up ahead on the left is the Bon Voyage Motel where we stop coming south as well as going north.  We can plug into power although the water won't be turned on yet as it's too cold.  It will likely freeze tonight and we may even get a couple of flurries.  Our electric heater is on low as there is only 15 amp power but our little propane fire place will keep us toasty and warm.  We just about never use the furnace as it's just too noisy.  Cost for the night here $25 but they give us each a $4 voucher for a continental breakfast at the restaurant next door or we can apply it to a more expensive breakfast.  A good deal for us.   Tonight we'll go over to the restaurant for dinner as well. 

Tomorrow we have over 300 mile to go and if we are supposed to have sunshine at home.  A good day's travel and life is good!


Contessa said...

Another good driving day. We have had frost the past few mornings so we are still cool here as well.

Contessa said...

Hope that you have arrived home and all is well.

SandyM said...

Hi Kathy, you will be off on a new adventure soon; I hope you continue to blog. I admire all you ladies whose blogs I follow for the time you take to share your adventures. It is also such a good a record of where you where and the time you were there. Traveling mercies for this new adventure.