Some more photos of yesterday’s journey along the southern half of Hwy 37 rounding out what the road signage calls the “Great Northern Circle Route”. By around 1:00 PM I will have completed this route in its entirety.

The camping part of this trip has ended. I reached Smithers to light rain and a closed park. Overnighted in a motel. They’re forecasting thunderstorms everywhere I would have stayed tonight, so instead I’ll be crashing at my friend’s place in 100 Mile House Friday and Saturday night then back to Vancouver. I’m happy with how the trip went overall. I wasn’t expecting perfection. I did manage to hit all of my touch points and experience 24 hour daylight. Well worth the drive!

Reached one of my touch points - Stewart, . A couple more bear sightings on Hwy 37A, beautiful town surrounded by snow capped mountains that poke way above the clouds. Stewart borders with Hyder, Alaska. I checked with Border Services - as expected going there and back would trigger a federally mandated 14 day quarantine. I snapped that last photo at the border complex just 2 feet from .

Bear sighting on Hwy 37 south of Bell II - one of many. This one is relatively close.

So from the top of and Hwy 37 I hauled ass to the Red Goat Lodge in Iskut a day ahead of schedule. Lots of bear sightings, every community is indigenous some open, most of them closed to visitors and barricaded due to covid.

Wednesday did not go as planned. All 3 northern territories have covid checkpoints. There are 2 northern BC hwy’s that meet in Yukon. There is no other way to connect but to drive a 37 km stretch through Yukon. Territorial officers disagreed with what their own gov hotline told me last week that it was okay to overnight there as long as I’m out in 24 hrs. Instead they made me drive straight through and back to BC where there’s no cell service for 600 km and no close by camping.

I’ve finally reached a high enough latitude to experience 24 hours of daylight. The sun starts to set, it gets a bit darker for a couple hours then the sun changes its mind and rises around 2:30 AM.

Toad River Lodge - by far the best site I’ve ever pitched a tent on. Mostly trailers and RV’ers here. No cell coverage for at least 100 km, but they have decent wifi, showers, and fantastic views. Shortly after these photos while cooking dinner, it got windy as hell! Almost lost my tent. 20 minutes later it calmed down like it never happened.

Then I ran across this bunch. They weren’t at all bothered by my presence and and in no hurry to let me pass. This is their place.

Most of today’s drive on the Alaska Highway from Charlie Lake Park saw logging sites, trucks, a bit of ranching and a lot of road construction. Then about an hour before my destination Toad River Lodge the landscape changed dramatically for the better.

Camping at Charlie Lake Provincial Park just outside of Fort St John in northeastern BC. Beautiful park, arrived at 10:30 PM and there was still enough daylight to set up tent without headlights or flashlights. Even when I was finished at 11 PM it wasn’t completely dark yet.

First bear sighting of the trip at Canim Lake near 100 Mile House, BC.

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