Rolling terrain today alongside fields and lakes with no strong presence of mountains anymore. Where the mountains gave personality to the first few days out of Prince Rupert, that role is now filled by the sky and clouds. The campgrounds I pass are all empty still.
I managed through just a few light showers and was gently pushed by a sweet tailwind all day. Since starting on the coast, other than my thoughts, my constant companion has been the Canadian National – CN – Railroad. The rail cars have been rumbling next to me night and day. They go east empty and come west full of what these forests are providing China.
In the early 1900s Canada took great pride in building this Grand Trunk Pacific Railway to the west coast. It was accomplished in large measure through the prodigious labor of people from China who had the most dangerous jobs, the poorest living conditions, the highest mortality and were paid a fraction of the wages paid to Canadian labourers.
One hundred years ago these Chinese labourers probably never imagined that what they were building would eventually bring Canadian natural resources on their way to China. Vanderhoof seems to be thriving thanks to the local forests.
Made it to Dave’s Campground just east of Vanderhoof. Immaculately clean and very kind owners. As both Grizzlies and Black Bears have been in the area, she took all my food into her home under lock and key for the evening.
Start: 20 km west of Fraser Lake
Distance: 90 km
Average Speed: 20 km/hr
Time on Bike: 4:30
Distance to Date: 1,481 km