Today is the Eid Adha Day, knows as Eid Qurban; a sort of holiday in Malaysia for muslims like me. But today I’m here alone in my tent at the Mile ‘0’ camp. No party, no delicious food, but a cold and wet day in front of me with my body hurting. Some tears fall thinking of my sons and my home. But I take a deep breathe and I focus on the fact this is a choice of mine. Even if the pain slows everything and makes things harder, I fix up my gear and I get ready to go on. Before leaving Dawson Creek, to take some pictures I try to find the famous Kilometer Zero, that actually is the beginning of Trans Alaskan Highway. Usually the overlanders start from here their route to Alaksa. But I’m a woman, and I made things in the opposite way.Today my destination is Hinton, and i’ll get there crossing the Route 43 and 40. Finally the sun shines, but there is a strong wind while I drive on the Alberta hills. Wheat is harvested so there isn’t so much to see.
ANITA’S RIDING TIP
Remember that after the Big Prairie, there are no break areas for at least 200km! It’s necessary to fill up your tank.
Fortunately my Yamaha FZ150 is a fuel economy bike. I make my personal record traveling 5 hours straight without pauses till I arrive at the Big Cache. I almost drop my bike while parking. I’m really tired and cold. Even if roads are really cool in Canada i can’t run too fast because of the weight and the cold weather. Finally I reach Hinton and I set my tent next to a really good looking house.
All night it rains till the next morning. I wait the 10.00 A.M but still it’s raining, so I move on again. It’s not a good thing setting up your wet gear. I feel my fingers get burned because of the cold. I Spend almost half past one hour to prepare myself and my motorbike to keep on moving.
ANITA’S RIDING TIP
If you are asking yourself why do i chose for camping instead of finding a better rest place, i have to answer you that there is no other choice. This country is really expensive. A room can cost in the best case around 70 dollars per day. While a place for my tent in some camp only 20, 25 dollars. A huge difference! Above all for the ones like me who want to travel around the world, with great dreams and.. small pockets!
My travel keeps on to Jasper National Park, a travel that i can summarize in 3 words: rain, wated, wet. I can’t see much the Rocky Mountains because there is a lot of fog as well. Then I put my attention to some animals moving through the forest and I spend my night at the Blue River Camp Ground, a really geared camp.
Next day it’s a bit hotter and i’m moving to South, to Kamloops, even if it’s still windy. The other days I really needed my GIVI winter gloves. I find a really awesome panorama at Clearwater, for all the road which passes next to a river called Kamloops. It is so beautiful that for one time i put my attention away from the road.
Once at Kamloops i stay that the Greg’s house, he is as motorbike rider as well, but he is at a deer hunt session. He leaves me the keys into his mail box. Really a kind act helping a friend who he hasn’t met . But you know, between riders there is a strong linking!
It’s my last day of travel in Canada and i’m going back to Seattle. I can still see the footsteps into the ice left during the night on the Trans Canadian Highway. Pass the border to get into USA it’s a bit longer that last Sunday, there are a lot of vehicles on the road. But then I reach again Rashmi’s house, my Seattle friend.
ANITA’S RIDING TIP
Amber, a friends of Greg, tried to warn me to leave at 10 of the morning, before because if left sooner, i would have found the road freezed. Here you really have to check constantly the weather because it changes a lot in a very short time!