Tuesday, just like Sunday and Monday, was sunny, clear, blue skies and REFLECTIONS!
As usual I was up before John, heating water for my coffees and breakfast when he 'rolled-out' of his tent. Today's ride was pretty-much going the opposite direction compared w/ yesterday's, but then transitioning to MUCH gnarlier roads along Anderson Lake on the Douglas "Highline" Trail, NOT recommended for anything large. In fact - quite a lot of it was barely wide enough for ONE vehicle, a good look-out ESSENTIAL...!
We headed N from Lilloooet, the sun just starting to 'crest' the mountains.
As we descended into the valley we'd ridden OUT of yesterday, I took another shot of the curvies beckoning us at the bottom of the hill.
The river running out of the Carpenter Lake Dam is a sockeye salmon spawning area, despite looking very cloudy from the glacial silt filling it, and we were able to watch them resting,
then 'running' towards the fish ladder at the base of the dam.
From there our route was left, across the dam then thru a tunnel
bringing us to the S side of Carpenter Lake where the road goes thru a series of climbing switch-backs to the summit, and then transforms into probably the steepest dirt road I've ever ridden (MUCH steeper than "the Hill" at Heckman Pass into Bella Coola, which averages 9%, as much as 19% in places!!!), coming out near the village of Shalalth on Seton Lake.
I took a pic of the GPS display to give an idea of that road,
then a shot of Seton Lake running E from the bottom of the hill, near Seton Portage.
At Seton Portage we spent a few minutes searching to find the road that would take us W along the N side of Anderson Lake, but FINALLY found it.
The dirt road, scenic as all-get-out, was steep, rocky and narrow.
We only saw two or three pickups between there and D'Arcy - and not much room to pass between them and the mountainside.
When D'Arcy appeared at the bottom of ANOTHER steep, rocky hill, we decided it was time for lunch, so pulled into the park at the W end of Anderson where we chatted w/ a bicycle rider (apparently in his 70s) who had ridden from Pemberton (about 50 kms), and heading right back. Told us he used to take his bike on the train from there to the E end at Seton Portage, then ride it back over the SAME Douglas Trail we'd just ridden...!
Leaving town (now on pavement) we passed some whimsical wood carvings, and I HAD to photograph them.
Soon we were in Pemberton enjoying ice cream cones, and chatting w/ three 'adventure' riders whose bikes were suspiciously clean.... As we departed for BC 99 eastwards to Lillooet, I saw a bicycle ridden by a fellow w/ a white beard - the SAME one we'd seen in D'Arcy at lunch - he COVERS ground!
Hwy 99 is just as pretty (and twisty!) going E as it was going W the day before,
along Duffy Lake and Cayoosh Creek,
soon arriving at the outskirts of Lillooet
and the Seton Lake Dam.
Our arrival in camp coincided w/ a pickup w/ a trailer, all bearing Florida plates, backing close to our site. Out jumped Allan, a retired Coast Guard sailor enroute back to "the world" after being in Alaska a LONG time, and he pulled an older Moto Guzzi out (giving him room for his bed in the trailer).
He also had another Guzzi in the truck's bed, telling us he had several more that he rebuilds and rides. After chatting a good long time we all "hit-the-hay" about 2100.
Today's map in the next post... PROBABLY!