In February, 2022, Giselle and I were looking at doing another extended ride, this time further north than we had ever been. We have already experienced all the roads south of HWY 16 from Prince Rupert over to the Alberta border and didn’t really want to ride them again. I thought ALASKA! Well, I didn’t really have enough time off for that, but we compromised and planned a route into northern BC that skipped a lot of the roads we had already been on and included a stop in Hyder, Alaska.
We invited our good friends Doug and Cathy Wilkins who rode with us last summer on our Vancouver Island ride. They accepted the challenge, so we started making plans. We started by booking a ferry ride from Port Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert and planned our adventure from there.
We figured it would take 10 days including the 16 hour ferry ride up to Prince Rupert. Our dates coincided with a ride planned by the GWRRA North West Coast District – the 2022 Gypsy Ride. Our plan was to meet up with them in Dawson Creek and ride the final 2 days with the group.
This is our story.
Nanaimo to Port Hardy - Day one of our 2022 adventure started out with an early morning ferry ride from Tsawwassen to Nanaimo. We picked up Doug and Cathy in Tsawwassen and we were on our way! We stuck to the east coast of Vancouver… Read More ... Ferry Ride - Day 2 of our 2022 adventure consisted of 16 hours aboard the BC Ferry's Northern Expedition. We booked a cabin and paid extra for the lounge seats. It was an excellent choice, despite the cost. The loading procedure was not… Read More ... Prince Rupert To Stewart - Day three of our ride started out just after midnight when we unloaded from the ferry in pouring rain and headed to our motel - The Moby Dick Inn. Luckily for us, they had a few spots of covered parking… Read More ... Stewart to Dease Lake - Day four started out like day three - pouring rain and miserable. We had coffee, packed up and decided to have breakfast somewhere along the way. It rained off and on most of the day... We made it out to… Read More ... Catch Up Day to Fort Nelson - Our 6th day of adventure started out with me going to Manitoulin Transport in Watson Lake to pick up an alternator that was shipped down from Whitehorse by Lee Stevens, the Yukon Chapter Director. I grabbed the part then rode… Read More ... Fort Nelson to Dawson Creek - Day 7 of our northern BC ride started out with clear skies and more sunny weather. After a nice breakfast prepared in our shared kitchen, we packed up the bikes one more time, fueled up and hit the highway. This… Read More ... Gypsy Run BBQ – Dawson Creek - Day 8 of our ride was a day of rest for us as we waited for the Gypsy Run crew to arrive. I headed out to Brian and Sue's place just north of town to help prepare for the afternoon… Read More ... Dawson Creek to Hinton - Day 9 of our trip started out with meeting up with the Gypsy Run crew for breakfast, then a quick ride up to the Alaska Highway starting point for a photo op, then fueling up before heading out. The route… Read More ... Hinton to Golden - Day 10 of our adventure started out with breakfast and goodbye's to our friends participating in the Gypsy Run. They were taking a different route going from Hinton to Jasper, then down to Kamloops and home. We were heading down… Read More ... A Day in Nakusp - Our second to last day of our 2022 adventure took us from Golden and over Roger's Pass to Revelstoke where we said goodbye to Niels. He headed onward and west towards Kamloops and home while we turned south on Hiway… Read More ...