Saturday, August 5, 2017

Into the land of the Maple Leaf

We have been steadily making our way north through Alberta and are currently at Peace River in the northern part of the Province.  We are currently about 2300 miles from home and have 630 miles to go to the end of the road at Yellowknife NWT. 

Most of Alberta so far has been relatively flat prairie with lots of wheat and canola fields.  The canola fields have been spectacular with their bright yellow color contrasted against green wheat fields.  Now that we are in the northern part of the province the prairie is starting to give way to green forests.  The terrain is starting to turn into bear and moose country so we are keeping a keen eye out for them.  The down side of getting north is we are starting to experience the frost heaves in the road which will about jar you out of your seat.  Need to keep a sharp eye out for the little red flags they post on the side of the road to mark each heave.  Not sure if they ever really fix them or just put more flags up….

Tomorrow we make the final push toward Northwest Territories - expecting to cross into the territory on Monday.  We are expecting the cell coverage to get a little spotty from here on, as the towns thin out and the open wilderness take over.

Visitors center just across the border flying both nations flags…. friendly neighbors.  Border crossing was smooth with the standard questions… have any firewood, fireworks, or fire arms?


Nothing says Canada like a Tim Hortons.  Sure wish they would make a move into the states


The canola fields are simply amazing!




A bird’s eye view from the drone.  Canola on one side and wheat on the other.



The city of Vegreville has a giant Ukrainian Easter egg (pysanka) in their city park as a tribute to their Ukrainian heritage.


Found this firewood vending machine in an Alberta Provincial park.  Put a credit card in and it spits out a bundle of firewood.  Very clever!


Track Logs:

Day 7 – Aug. 1, 2017, 133 miles


Day 8 – Aug. 2, 2017, 157 miles


Day 9 – Aug. 3, 2017, 235 miles


Day 10 – Aug. 4, 2017, 299 miles


Day 11 – Aug. 5, 2017, 135 miles


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