Why is there a Road closed sign?
350 miles or so. 180 on gravel.
What a fun road. ruts, mud, rocks, cliffs, blind curves with cliffs and rocks and mud. All done at speeds up to 30 mph!
The DREADED CANOL ROAD.
Okay, it was slow going for the first 95 miles to Quiet Lake. Speeds from 10-30 mph was about it, and I like to go fast. The problem was that last year the road had gotten muddy and then rutted. Now the ruts have hardened into Mother Natures equivalent of rail road tracks. With a loaded down bike, the handlebars will get snatched from your hands.
WW 2 Era Bailey Bridge made in England
The hard ruts and ribs
5 of these
Another Bailey Bridge
Quiet Lake. And it was
Springtime on the lake.
More damn ruts
From Quiet Lake the road improves enough to really get you into trouble. It's smooth so the speed gets to 70mph then OH NO! a sea of big pot holes or ruts. Wheelie through and slow back down only to get suckered again in another mile.
And then, only 150 miles later, you're out and back on the AlCan
Only 226 KM to Ross River
At the Shell station at Johnsons Crossing I met Alex Wong-Rock Star. He's riding a 660 Yamaha from Brazil to Deadhorse. He's been out 61 days and is riding 1000-1300 KM's a day!
Here's Alex's music and videos
The Shell also has a bakery and the Apple turnovers were just coming out of the oven. A short coffee break was then required