We arrived in Fort Nelson on time yesterday after a 550 km trek from Watson Lake. The Mountains were tough but not as bad as we thought. They ended with a 25 km down hill that we were able to bomb at about 60 kmph. We actually went a stretch of about 300 km with no bike problems for the first time on our trip which makes things easier.
We have two days off in Fort Nelson before we head north to Yellowknife on Friday. We estimate that their will be around 500 km of gravel road along the way and a couple of large stretches with no services. We will be taking the Liard Highway following the Liard River most of the way which will be our main water source.
Days are getting longer each day and heading North for the summer solstice will probably mean we will have a couple of days with nearly 24 hours of light. wildlife seems to be more common than people, we have seen many bison, bears, moose and mountain goat. Two days ago we spotted a black bear cub in a tree and found ourselves in between the cub and its mother, so we got out of that scene quickly.
We are going to run out of internet and phone service fast as we head north so just incase we want to say happy birthday to our mom and happy fathers day to our dad. We are excited to hit the road for the last part of our trip, 900 km in 13 days and then one big party in Yellowknife for Canada Day. Happy summer solstice everyone. This photo was taken after our last big climb in the Northern Rockies.