May 9, Dawson Creek: Starting the Alaskan Highway

Hi everyone,
I am sitting in a campground in Dawson Creek, BC. This is the official start of the Alaskan Highway!
We left Grande Prairie two days ago, but had to spend a weather day in Hythe, AB, due to very strong winds and near-freezing rain.
Beaver Lodge

Beaver Lodge

While in the campground in Hythe, we met a Frisbee dog (Sam) who played fetch until **I** was exhausted.
On the way to Dawson Creek

On the way to Dawson Creek

While in Hythe, I got up at about 3:00 AM and noticed these large pale curtainsĀ of fire in the northern sky… my first experience of the Northern Lights!
The ride into Dawson Creek was uneventful, except for the scenery.
I am supposed to pick up a package of replacement tires, but am having a hard time locating them. After this errand has been completed, the next destination is Fort St. John.
I do need to add that, thanks to help from Doug Leviton (formerly NASA) and the Boulder Bikesmith, John Stabile, I finally fixed my deraileur! It was actually a very simple fix–but everything is easy when you know the answer. In the end, I had to MacGyver it, as shown in the picture below:
Fixed it!

Fixed it!


3 Responses to “May 9, Dawson Creek: Starting the Alaskan Highway

  • Wow, only 1523 miles to Fairbanks. Piece of cake, huh?

    You, my friend, are a fortunate man. Living the dream…every day. Savor it.

  • Paul Gilpatrick
    7 years ago

    Awesome shot Scott. You are the wind beneath my wings!

  • Hi, Scott:

    It’s fabulous to hear that the elusive aurora graced your trip. Isn’t it ironic how you can be involved in astronomy for decades and study objects at the edge of the Universe, yet never see an interesting phenomenon that’s in our own atmosphere?

    Keep thinking of you when I finish my Boulder/Longmont commute and realizing that every day you’re doing the equivalent of my commute times five. And fully loaded. Hope your tires hold out!

    Best, Greg

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