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Begins: Mar 19, 2013
Date: Mon, Jul 29th, 2013
Start: Prince George
End: Prince George
Trip Distance: 880.0
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Hayduke Trail Map
Cycling Alaska to Lower 48 - Days 42-44
Day 42: 25 miles, Prince George
Day 43: 0 miles, Prince George
Day 44: 18 miles, Yellowhead Mile 18
Cumulative: 2,101 miles
Prince George, albeit a boring town to visit, was a nice stop for me. It's the crossroads of northern BC so it pretty much has everything and I had a good warmshowers stay with David and Megumi. I didn't really do much as there isn't much to do but that's kind of what I like when I'm take a couple days off. I spent the day I rode in at the indoor pool soaking in the hot tub which is one of my favorite things. I read a bunch, watched some TV and ate a lot of food of course. David and Megumi have 2 dogs and 4 cats. The dogs didn't seem to like me too much but the cats were nice to me. It was actually nice to have all these friendly animals around.
I did a little plan for the last stint of the trip and have a few extra days it seems. The weather looks good so riding 60+ miles is usually pretty easy even though I only need to average about 40 a day. This is mostly a result of needing to average 50 a day for the last couple weeks but always seeming to ride 60 or more. I'll be finishing in Jasper and Banff national parks so there is a ton of hiking to do but with the bike my options are a bit limited. I think my plan will to be just do some day hikes as I ride by and not do anything crazy. I know one day I'll be back to hike the 800 mile Great Divide Trail through the Canadian Rockies so I don't feel a huge need to do a lot of hiking off the bike now.
The other planning issue is where to finish. Either Banff where I can buy a bike box and take a shuttle to the Calgary airport or ride the extra day into Calgary where I have a warmshowers stay set up. There are ups and downs to each plan so I think I will see how much time I end up with and decide then. Most of the issue is just getting a bike box and then getting that huge box to the airport. The logistics are a pain.
Anyway, I was teetering on whether to ride out this morning, my third day in town and was swayed to spend a few more hours at the pool and in the hot tub. I enjoyed the continued time off and rode out around 2 only to be stopped after 3 miles by a downed fiber optic line. There was no voltage so the workers or police could have let me quickly pass by as they were walking back and forth but they didn't let me so I read for an hour while the line was pulled up and off the road. Turns out a prisoner from the nearby prison who was working a loader knocked the line down.
As I continued on I encountered some unexpected rain. It was fairly warm out so I just rode on and figured it would pass quickly as I got soaked. The forecast had no rain in it and I was in denial as it didn't look very good up ahead. I started looking for camping figuring it would take me a few miles and eventually found a good road to ride down and camp. Once in my tent the humidity was overbearing as I dried off. I was able to pretty easily dry my tshirt by wearing it between 2 dry layers and same for my bike shorts by wearing my pants over them for a bit. I was exhausted from not sleeping much in town, which is typical for me so I went to sleep at 7:30 slept almost 14 hours! There's something about being in my sleeping bag and tent that can let me sleep forever.
The Hayduke Trail is an extremely challenging, 800-mile backcountry route through some of the most rugged and breathtaking landscapes on earth. Located entirely on public land, the trail links six of the National Parks on the Colorado Plateau in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona with the lesser known, but equally splendid, lands in between them. Encompassed in the route are Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and numerous National Forests, BLM Districts, Primitive Areas, Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas. The Hayduke Trail is not intended to be the easiest or most direct route through this incredibly varied terrain, but is rather meant to showcase the stunning Redrock Wilderness of the American Southwest.
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