A rare bridge in these parts
made almost entirely of wood
We’re now on the East-West Highway (Highway 1) that will bring us to YellowKnife. This is a part of the loop that joins the Liard and Mackenzie Highways.
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The red lines above represent the connecting roads that make up some of the Deh Cho Route. I ended up traveling the entire loop minus the Alaska Highway portion between Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson (which was also the only section of the Alaska Highway that I haven’t traveled). The upper portion is the last of this loop that isn’t paved.
If you’re interested in traveling this gravel section of the Deh Cho Route you’d better do it soon. As we speak, they are paving the road. I’m sure it’s great for the truckers and locals who come through here, but I find the pavement worse to drive than the gravel and much less interesting.
Due to all the freezing and thawing
the paved roads are a series of bumps, jumps and undulating rolls.
At the northern intersection of highway 1 and the Liard Trail I had the choice of either heading west (60 miles out of my way) toward Fort Simpson or head East toward my objective. It might seem like a no-brainer, but I KNEW there was gas in Fort Simpson and not sure if the only town en route eastward would. This has been a concern in other areas of Northern Canada. I’ve made an effort to fill at every opportunity and I’ve still had a few close calls despite getting about 300 miles to a tank. So here I sat trying to decide what to do. I’d only travelled about 50 miles since my last fill up, but how far would the next station be? According to my map, there is a small town another 30 miles east (going in the direction I want to go) and I assume there will be gas there.
I decide to skip Fort Simpston and continue on my way. Little did I know that the ‘Little Town” marked on the map was an ancient and CLOSED gas station.
Last year multiple large fires swept through this area. One was so fierce it was able to jump the 3 mile wide Mackenzie River. Here are a few pictures of what this area looked like ablaze. The devastation was obvious as we traveled the road. There wasn’t a bit of green on the trees and the area was void of wildlife.
The poodles and I decided that 4 hours on the Liard Bump and Grind was plenty so we called it quits for the day. We stopped for the night in a burned clearing. Of course we didn’t get to bed without a good hike in the ‘woods.’