August 14, 2014
On the road again. We hadn't had a rest day since Whitehorse, over ten days before, and we were feeling it today. But we had a relatively flat road and a tailwind! Yayyyyy!
Bears seen today: three, including a cute little cub!
August 13, 2014
Heading back to the main highway from Stewart was just as beautiful as yesterday's ride going there.
The Bear Glacier
Tam and I watched the river whenever we could and talked about how we would run the rapids. Next trip: bikes and backpacks and packrafts. When we crossed bridges over side creeks entering the main river, we got a refreshing blast of cool air on the hot day.
Pam and Monica
We ate lunch at the campground next to the junction then sleepily hit the road under the sun. Perhaps our luck on the Cassiar had changed; we had a tailwind! We rode for awhile and were going to camp in an open gravel area by the side of the road, but decided we should take advantage of the tailwind and did another 15 miles. We found a little grassy area off the road with good visibility. We're both a little more on edge than usual tonight since we saw four bears along the road today, all black bears, and the last three named areas we passed were Grizzly Creek, Brown Bear Creek, and Brown Bear Rest Area. Not exactly heartening names when you're camping in the area.
Bears! August 12, continued
Around 4:30, we set up our tents at the Municipal Campground in town and drop our bags off. Then we head off to Hyder, Alaska, to see the bears.
It's so exciting when the first grizzly comes around the bridge. We follow him on the "boardwalk" with a group of other people as he splashes through the shallow stream, each step sending salmon splashing and skittering away. We watch him hunt fish and munch on the brush alongside the river. When he catches fish, he only rips out the roe, the eggs, then discards the rest. The grizzlies here are spoiled by such good fishing.