Iskut, British Columbia
Aug 25, 2009
|Our route today: South on Cassiar Highway from mile marker 53 to mile marker 196.
It rained steadily all night last night, and was still raining when we pulled out of the Boya Lake Provincial Park this morning. After a few miles south, the sky looked like it just might clear, so we stopped at a pullout for about an hour and waited. While we waited, I wrote the text for yesterdays post, and we selected the photos. By 11:00 am the sky was clearing and we were able to enjoy the scenery along the Cassiar Highway.
The Cassiar Highway (remember, around here any road more than a trail thru the woods is called a “highway”) is just the kind of road I like. It is twisting, turning, steep grades, gravel, mud, potholes, narrow, no shoulder, no center line, and no guardrails. And the scenery is spectacular along the way. That is the reason that we drive on these roads.
Several areas along the Cassiar are under “construction or improvement”. That generally means that crews are watering the road surface and re-grading, adding gravel and re-grading, or just grading. We encountered a road grader at one of the steepest sections in an area of switchbacks where the road is about 1 lane wide. We crept along on the 7-8% grade until the road was wide enough to pass the grader.
We selected the Mountain Shadow RV Park and Campground in Iskut, British Columbia for the evening. This is a real nice, clean park, and we are in a long pull thru site with beautiful views of a small lake, open fields, forest, and snow capped mountains.
Tomorrow we will continue south to Hyder, Alaska.
Weather at start: 46° F – steady rain
Miles start / stop / total today / total trip 13,432 / 13,581 / 149 / 7,282
Altitude 2775 ft.
End location for the day: Mountain Shadow RV Park and Campground Site #8, Iskut, British Columbia
(57° 51’ 40’’ N, 130° 1’ 9’’ W)
Weather at stop: 54° F – partly sunny