Today was a day to tour Dawson Creek with Cheryl’s Auntie Marilynne and Uncle Fred and what a nice day it was. We got up and just chilled with coffee and after a bit headed out to the CO-OP for breakfast. Before we ate we stopped at the local visitors centre to get some maps and see the Mile 0 info. While there we saw these two bikes. We left a note on the BMW saying hi and to check out our blog. So, if anyone out there owns these bikes that were obviously we equipped to head north say hello! Your bikes are stars!
The info centre was cool full of history and even a movie that plays over and over again about Dawson Creeks story and the Alaska Highway project. This building is right besides the info centre.
Still have not really seen too many bikes on the road heading north. Most seem to be heading south. Today was the first day we saw 3 ADV bikes all decked out for the trip to Alaska. Hopefully we will see more the further north we go.
Breakfast at the local CO-OP hang out was good and cheap.
Drove around and got the tour of the hills and some decent views of the city. Weather today was overcast, chilly in the morning but warmed up by afternoon. These are a few pictures from in and around the city of Dawson Creek.
While getting gas we ran into the Mayor of Dawson Creek and he was gracious to grant a photo op with the two of us. Mayor Mike Bernier. We handed over our ride card for ACT and he handed us his business card. Cheryl’s family knows everyone in Dawson Creek and of course the mayor.
I just love the next picture for some reason.
We drove a ways out of town up to Bear Mountain to see the new wind turbine project up the “mountain”. There are 34 wind turbines up there and although we have seen turbines before we have never been this close. They are HUGE!
That is Cheryl on the steps
Bear Mountain Wind Project
Nice view from up on Bear Mountain of the city and farmland
Had to stop at the local Wal-Mart for some “stuff” and of course had to take a picture. To be honest we do not even have a Wal-Mart where we lie in Maple Ridge.
Stopped the local outdoor shop, Corlane as well…this is what we got to see…and we ended up taking our bikes back so some of the staff could see what we were riding and learn a bit more about raising awareness for Autism. Nice guys!
Cheryl’s Auntie and Uncle’s dog Honey….she is a sweetie
So after being out all day, which was a good thing, we got geared up and decided to do the touristy pictures this afternoon rather than tomorrow. This way we can get up take our time and leave straight from the relatives house versus having to go into to town and get the Kodak moments. So, here are our Alaska highway Mile “0” pics a day early in some way. At this time we both want to really thank Marilynne, Fred and the rest of the family for a warm welcome, nice bed to sleep in, great food and beautiful tour of their city.
Had to get one from the other side of course.
Some historical facts that hopefully some of the readers might find interesting.
oops can not read the sign…..hmmmmmmm, no that was not thoughtful of me! I wonder what it really says???
Then there is this…Feels pretty cool being here after reading about this mile marker on so many ride reports!
Since we have so many decals of Triumph and Western Powersports many think this bike is rental…we added a BC decal and Dawson Creek decal to try and show that these are different than rentals. I have a feeling we will also be correcting people who think we are from Ontario because of the plates. It’s OK, part of the chit chat and makes for a story each and every time we meet someone….”No we are not from Ontario, these are owned by Triumph Canada and insured in Ontario. We are from BC riding borrowed bikes…..etc etc etc.”
We leave tomorrow for Fort Nelson and both are of us are getting eager to start exploring areas we have never been before.