Day 8 – Grande Prairie, AB to Muncho Lake, BC

Miles today: 519

Total Miles: 3176

From Grande Prairie, I made my way to Dawson Creek and “Mile 0” of the Alaska Highway.  Crossed the Peace River (again) at Fort St. John, BC and continued towards Fort Nelson for gas.  After filling up, the Alaska Highway began in earnest as you enter the Rocky Mountains.  The drive is absolutely spectacular!  Imagine a Texas FM or RR twisting its way along rivers and through mountains.   Amazing!  I have no idea what is in front of me, but the drive today was worth the trip by itself.

Lots of wildlife today.  Finally saw my first moose (although it was road kill); several more mule deer; a black bear; a whole herd of Stone sheep (on the descent from Stone Mountain no-less); and a bull moose.  I’m glad I was following a road sweeper (semi-truck) at the time.  I don’t want to find out what kind of damage a moose can do to a car.

I’m staying at a hotel/lodge/cabin/campsite run by a Swiss family in/on Muncho Lake (and yes, the saw my name and wanted to know my family details).  This is one of those “picture” lakes and I’ll post pictures tomorrow as I have limited bandwidth tonight.  Also, there’s no cell service (and hasn’t been for the last 150 miles).  Hopefully, it’ll pick up again at some point tomorrow (at a minimum in Whitehorse tomorrow night) and I’ll be able to make some calls and text again.  Kinda weird and nice, at the same time, being without the ability to communicate at will.

Like I said, I have numerous pictures and a few video clips of the drive I’ll put up when I can.  So, check back then.

As an aside, anyone making this trip should strongly consider NOT staying in Grande Prairie.  The town is pretty much a oil & gas hub that has tripled in size in the last 5 years.  Pretty grungy and dingy.  Drive on to Dawson Creek which is only another 1.5 hours up the road.

Also, it is light at 5:00am and doesn’t get completely dark until after 11:00pm.  So, lots of daylight to drive and drive and drive.  You almost need to force yourself to stop after 10 hours (which I am trying to do).