Edmonton, AB to Fort Nelson, BC Canada – Day 7

Rally Bike

Friday, 3 August 2012 Edmonton, AB to Fort Nelson, BC Canada (654 miles) Total Trip Miles – 3052.  11 hour riding time.

Weather – Cool with temperatures in the mid 50’s to upper mid 70’s with moderate winds and mostly sunny.

Decided to buy a 2 gallon gas can and not use the two saddle tanks until Russia – just don’t want any issues with the airlines no allowing me to check as baggage once they have had gasoline in them.  On the Alaska Highway fuel stops along the route are limited and having a spare can of gas provides me with some added piece of mind.

About a third of the roadway today way a 4-lane and for the most part I was able to maintain the speed limit…once on 2-lanes there were a number of slow downs since the Alaska Highway has quite a few trucks traveling in both directions.  Also, ran into several areas under construction that were gravel and, in once instance, I rounded a curve and was unable to slow before crossing a 200 foot long section that completely caught me by surprise.

So far, cell coverage has remained pretty good despite what I discovered researching my global coverage…hope it continues.

Arrived at the beginning of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, BC…the last time I was there was May, 1973 with my family as we were movng up to Fairbanks, AK to live…back then the road was all gravel and was challenging at best with large trucks passing and showering you with rocks and dust – my Dad stopped in Dawson Creek to construct a huge screen on the front of our vehicle to protect the windshield from damage – crazy stuff!…today the new road is paved and does not have the old “Mileposts” that were so important to finding fuel, places to stay the night and restaurants & other services. The US Army constructed the highway, known as the ALCAN, in 1942 to provide strategic access from the lower 48 states to Alaska resulting from the war in the Pacific and the Japanese threat to the Aleutians and the west coast.  There were actually some veterans of that construction in Dawson Creek to commerate construction of the highway.

The bike is covered with mud, dust and insects from the last 3000 miles of virtually any summer weather…the gravel sections of the Alaska Highway were so dusty today, vehicles were required to burn headlights.

If you would like to make a donation to give all kids diagnosed with cancer a better chance at living the full life they deserve, please visit Rally Foundation & Rally Around the World or Text “RALLY” to 85944 to give $10 to WIN the fight against childhood cancer. Send this message to 10 of your friends…Be a RALLY 10 to WIN!

Winnipeg, MB to Saskatoon, SK Canada – Day 5

Michael Brown & all the folks at Northland Healthcare Products

Wednesday, 1 August 2012 Winnipeg, MB to Saskatoon, SK Canada ( 549 miles) Total Trip Miles – 2218

Weather – Hot & humid with temperatures in the mid to upper 70’s with rain & strong winds west of Brandon, MB.

Michael Brown graciously offered for me to stay in his home and he prepared a terrific Canadian breakfast of eggs, toast, coffee & juice – must say the honey was quite tasty.  Michael showed me the way to one of the local “garages” where I filled up gas before headning out to Saskatoon – thank you Michael Brown and all the folks at Northland Heathcare Products for your generous support of Rally Foundation!

Picked up the Trans Canada Highway 1 and headed west where the speed limit was 110km and ran into some cold, rainy & windy conditions west of Brandon for about an hour – was my first taste of cold weather.  Also, found out the hard way the need to look for fuel when the gage is half empty – ran the level down to reserve and punched in the GPS for the closest gas station and when I arrived the station appeared to have been closed since Walton’s Mountain & the Great Depression.  Ended up heading in the opposite direction on the Trans Canada the the second closest option – ended up having only 3/10 of a gallon or about 15 miles left of travel.

The Schaan’s – Collin, Gerald & Kevin

Passed through Regina and picked up Highway 11 getting to Schaan Healthcare Products about 4:30 in the afternoon  – I was met by Gerald Schaan and his two sons Collin & Kevin.  Had a great tour of their facility and followed Kevin over to his house for a barbque with their employees, family and friends – a fabulous spot around the pool.  Gerald Schaan addressed the groups making some very nice comments about Rally Around the World and pledged a very geneorus donation to Rally Foundation – their commitment to the health of children was not only exemplified by their support of Rally, but Schaan Heathcare made a signifcant contribution to the new children’s hospital in Saskatoon for a room for parents to have a quiet place – the hospital is schedule to be completed in a few years.

Gerald Schaan presents the Rally contribution

And once again, I was an invited guest to stay the night in an NDC dealer’s home – laundry on all.  I am so grateful for the hospitality of the last several days from so many people making my trip around the world so much more enjoyable..If you would like to make a donation to give all kids diagnosed with cancer a better chance at living the full life they deserve, please visit Rally Foundation & Rally Around the World or Text “RALLY” to 85944 to give $10 to WIN the fight against childhood cancer. Send this message to 10 of your friends…Be a RALLY 10 to WIN!

 

Rally Around the World – Day 1

Rally Kids Adrianna & Amelia

As we arrived in Clarksville, Mid-South Motoplex served hot dogs on the grill along with iced, cold drinks as Molli provided the musical entertainment It was emotional when Adrianna so eloquently addressed the Clarksville group with thanks and her desire to conquer this terrible disease – she is such and inspiration and a beautiful young woman…have had her sweet smile on mind this entire day as we made our way to St Louis.  Folks…this is what Rally is all about! Chuck,

Dave, Rick, Keith, JR & Stark continued on the ride after Clarksville with Chuck & Dave stopping at Metropolis and the rest of us riding onto St. Louis for the night – have to beleive some gambling was on the agenda for the evening for a couple of the riders.

Ended the ride with a great meal prepared by Paul & Lilly Telker – bar-b-que ribs, corn on the cobb, sweet potatoes and broiled tomatoes topped off with some Kentucky bourbon.  Had a great time on their deck with some great conversation and welcomed the opportunity to stay with them in their home for the evening – just can’t beat their MO hospitality.

If you would like to make a donation to give all kids diagnosed with cancer a better chance at living the full life they deserve, please visit Rally Foundation & Rally Around the World or Text “RALLY” to 85944 to give $10 to WIN the fight against childhood cancer. Send this message to 10 of your friends…Be a RALLY 10 to WIN!