Boy what an emotional pull to finally leave the Yukon. After such incredibly rich experiences, hospitality beyond belief, and new friends to cherish, it was hard to actually set out on the bike back down the Alaska Highway and turn South onto the Stewart-Cassiar highway. Just across the BC border was a recent forest fire that looked pretty grim, but then on down road there were more magnificent views. Ended the day at a secluded and quiet lakeside near Iskut – had the lake to myself.
At Meziadin junction I could have continued South to Dease Lake but decided to do a quick trip to Stewart and Hyder Alaska which are located on an inlet from the Pacific. The road down to the coast through the mountains with glaciers hanging off the tops was again spectacular and worth the trip. I spent all of 2 minutes in Hyder and determined that it’s a bit of a dump before returning across the border to Stewart BC which is a pleasant little place with a sea port for loading concentrated ore, tidal flats and a glacier hanging above the gas station.
A pretty cool ride, even if a bit lonely without my buddy Rog along to share it!
|The aftermath of the recent fire|
|Stewart- Cassiar Highway|
|On the road to the coast|
|The Port at Stewart|
|Glacier above the Petro-Can|
|Avalanche right beside the road|