I have to say that today was, by far, the prettiest day of the trip thus far.
We woke up to a beautiful sunrise with all of our gear still dry. We had a nice breakfast of some dinner rolls we got the night before and some rehydrated powdered peanutbutter. Some apples found their way into the mix as well.
The road south on highway 37 was way better than the last time we came through. Sure, there was a few gravel patches — one of which was un-marked — but there were no construction zones that needed a pilot car (like last time). Also lacking was the wheel-bending bumps from last time. (Even though I now have stronger wheels and better suspension to help cope with it)
But today was the road. The sunshine. The bears. The glaciers.
It all came together in a unified whole of awesomeness.
The road wasn’t super curvy, but the lack of twisties was made up for by way of the scenery. Mind blowing scenery.
The fireweed growing next to the road with its pink shoots mixing with the bed of white and yellow flowers. Behind that was a constantly varying mix of pine trees and rivers and ponds (lakes?). In the background were the everpresent mountains, still with bit of snow clinging to life in the moraines on their north faces.
A few bears were spotted along the road. Nothing as big as a grizly, but black bears none-the-less.
Turning onto 37-A, the offshoot that leads to Steward and Hyder, the landscape changed again. This time the glaciers were closer, almost close enough to touch. The roadgot a bit twistier as well.
And more bears.
Checking in to the King Edward Hotel is a nice respite from the past five night of solid camping. Sure, the wifi is a bit janky (really, did I use 100MB in 60 seconds?!) But having showers and a restaurant in house is a nice change of pace I have to say.
This is also where we ran into Red years ago. :-) <waves/>
Tomorrow, onto Hyder to visit with a glacier then it’s heading closer to home… maybe another night of camping. We’ll have to see.