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Day 35 – Meziadin Lake BC to Prince George BC
Today we completed our drive on the Cassiar Highway and continued east to Prince George, BC, where we stayed at the Blue Cedar’s RV park. Most of the drive was clearly in logging country, as there was logging truck after logging truck on the highway. As we got closer to Prince George, we started seeing huge saw mills. Each mill had huge piles of raw trees ready for processing, and also huge stacks of cut lumber ready for shipment.
|Miles driven:||392 miles|
|Hours on road:||8 hours|
Day 36 – Prince George BC to Merritt BC
We left Prince George, BC, with a very cloudy sky, but it quickly cleared and ended up being a very nice day. The further south we got, the higher the temperature climbed until reaching the mid-90’s. Not sure we are ready for the high temperatures yet. Shortly after leaving Prince George, we passed through Quesnel, and were immediately greeted with the nasty smell of a pulp mill. Sure enough, there were several plants located just outside of town - belching smoke. Not sure how the people in this town stand the smell or smoke. The smoke continued for 20 to 30 miles south of town and really obscured the views in all directions. We were really surprised that Canada would allow such industrial pollution. There is no way the EPA would allow such gross pollution in the states. When we were driving through the town, it felt like we stepping back in time 40 years to the steel mill towns of the northeast, with big smoke stacks belching smoke.
Toward the end of the day, we were treated with some Big Horn Sheep on the side of the road. This is the best photo we could get through the windshield…
We ended the day in Merritt, BC at the Claybanks RV park, and we are now about 130 miles from the border. Tomorrow, we will be back in the USA….
|Miles driven:||354 miles|
|Hours on road:||9 hours|
|Gas prices:||$4.55, $4.96|