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Old 01-23-2013, 09:30 AM   #109
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Originally Posted by theshnizzle View Post
I watched the part on TOTW and i saw the corner where the grader and i locked horns. Shudder.....he was taking up almost the whole road ( just past chicken) and its a long way down on the other side!

He was gracious enough to back up a bit to let me by.

I was interested in the hay river part as thats next for me. What was your route?
Hay Lake in the NWT?

That was one of the surprise jewels of the trip. I'm glad I didn't decide to skip it just to save time.
I left Whitehorse early in the morning and went to Fort Nelson, BC.
Filled up with gas, grabbed a sandwich, and backtracked a bit to head north on the Liard Highway (77).
That road was mostly brand-new pavement (not even lined yet), and very little traffic all the way to the NWT border (100 miles).
After crossing into NWT, it's all gravel - another 25 miles to Fort Liard.
(That was a +720 mile day, fueled by my pent-up energy from waiting 3 days for the Alaska Highway to re-open.)

The Hay Lake Campground has a big sign on the right before you enter town.
Free campground with a water tank, pit toilet, nice shelter, no other campers, and a beautiful lake.
Pristine solitude.
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