Watson Lake, YT to Iskut, BC ~ 200 miles
Aug 10, 2007
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 10- DAY 39 - TRAVEL DAY
WATSON LAKE TO ISKUT - 200 miles
CAMPGROUND DESTINATION TONIGHT:
MOUNTAIN SHADOW RV PARK
Directions - 1/3 mile off the Stewart/Cassiar Hwy. at Milepost 254.1.
Milepost guide page 267
We'll be heading to Iskut and the Mountain Shadow RV Park. Iskut is a small Tahitian Indian community with a population of about 300. We'll travel the most scenic of British Columbia's highways, Route 37 -- or better known as the Cassiar Highway.
Here are some interesting spots:
Cassiar - Population 25 - was the company town of Cassiar Mining Corp. Much of the world's high-grade chrysotile asbestos came from Cassiar. It was shipped by container truck south to Stewart and from there to Vancouver. The mine closed in March 1992, and the site is not open to visitors.
Dease Lake - Elevation 2,600 feet - A Hudson's Bay Co. post was established by Robert Campbell at Dease Lake in 1838, but abandoned a year later. The lake was named in 1834 by John McLeod of the Hudson's Bay Co. for Chief Factor Peter Warren Dease. Laketon, on the west side of the lake was a center for boat building during the Cassiar gold rush of 1872-80. In 1874, William Moore, following an old Indian trail, cut a trail from Telegraph Creek on the Stikine River to the gold rush settlement on Dease Lake. This trail became Telegraph Creek Road. This was used in 1941 to haul supplies for Alaska Highway construction to Dease Lake. The supplies were then ferried down the Dease River to U.S. troops working on the highway.
I went in to Watson Lake to top off my tank, as the service station near us was out of diesel. Upon completion, I returned on the Alcan Hwy to the Hwy 37 south junction.
The road south was narrow and two lane and pretty rough from many patches. It then opened up a little and we were in for a rough ride with all the frost heaves. This Cassiar Hwy saw 5 washouts to the roadbed this past week. The sign at the beginning said that the road was open, but to one lane of traffic at the washouts.
We continued south and onto unpaved (dirt and gravel mixed) roadbed. It then started to rain. Needless to say, after 10 miles of this, the coach, trailer and car are completely covered in mud spray. We resumed onto paved roadbed for a while and then into loose gravel for another 10 miles. I slowed down to 25-30 mph to prevent any more rock damage to the trailer and car.
Even though it was only 200 miles, it still took me until 2:30 pm (about 6 hours) to get to tonight's RV Park.
Around 5:30 pm, our wagon master set up wine, cheese and snacks for us. Once we were settled in with our snacks, he went into our daily briefing on tomorrow's trip and destination.
I am still having problems acquiring Wi-Fi signals at the RV Parks. The computer says that I am connected to the Wi-Fi router, but I cannot get to the Internet. So it looks like I'll have to wait until I get into the lower 48 to access Verizon and get caught up then.