Day 18 (July 17): Dease Lake-Smithers

The ride this morning was very enjoyable. I was in great spirits, I enjoyed every turn of the road and every note of the music in my helmet.

The scenery around me has significantly changed now. There are no more endless, snow and glacier covered mountain ranges around me. Now it feels like I am riding through a massive broccoli with all of this super green and thick forest around me.

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And guess what?! I saw five bears today!
The first one by the road enjoying the berries and after that a mama bear with two little ones.

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And then, this handsome dude looking at me and probably saying with his inner voice “What are you? And what’s up with that bright yellow outfit?”

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Yesterday, after my Telegraph Creek ride I walked to the local grocery store in Dease Lake to buy a few things. That’s when, for the second time, I ran into a couple of nice guys, adventure riders from Portland, Oregon.
While exchanging a few riding stories I noticed that one of the riders had an extensive amount of duct tape on his windshield. Somewhere in Alaska he lost one of the screws that secures the windshield to the bikes frame. He solved the problem with the extensive amount of duct tape. He wasn’t happy about that, especially because the nearest Home Depot is at least two days of riding from here.

I ran into them again today in Iskut, a small aboriginal community with the only gas station within the next 150km.
And then again in a little place with the weird name – Bell ll. That’s when it crossed my mind that I may have the missing screw somewhere in my tool set for that fellow’s windshield. And I did!
The surgery was successful!

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That’s how I got to learn more about Mark and Lenin.

They were on an adventure trip exploring Alaska. They went north on the Dalton Highway, crossed the Artic Circle and now they are heading to Stuart, Hyder and Salmon Glacier.
They are two super organized guys, they even have their own custom made sticker for this occasion.

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I noticed an unusual object on the back of Mark’s bike.

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As Mark explained, it is of sentimental value. His grandpa was a CB radio enthusiast and this specific set he recently found that used to belong to his grandpa. He made it a functional part of his bike.
Then I noticed a plastic figurine hanging on the antenna.

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Then Mark and Lenin explained to me, that as part of Mexican tradition, a baby Jesus figurine is hidden inside a loaf bread and Mark was the lucky one who got the right slice of bread. That made me research the whole thing when I got to Smithers and this is what I found on the Internet.

“Three Kings Day remains an important holiday for the people of Mexico. In addition to the gift-giving aspect of the day there is also a culinary treat that is specific to the holiday. Known as ‘Rosca de Reyes’ (King’s Cake), this holiday dessert offers much in the way of symbolism. Shaped in the round to signify a king’s crown, this sweet bread holds a special surprise. Baked inside is a small plastic figurine representing the baby Jesus. Whoever finds this token is obligated to host an upcoming party for the occasion of ‘Dia de la Candelaria’ (Candlemas Day) which occurs each year on February 2nd.

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The effigy of the baby Jesus, hidden inside the cake, represents another aspect of the holiday. The reason Jesus is ‘hidden’ inside the bread is to symbolize how in life, the Christ child’s birth location also needed to remain secret, in order that his life be spared.”

I learned something new and very interesting today in exchange for an M8 screw. Great guys!

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Also, feels good to have Internet again after a couple of days of digital silence.

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One thought on “Day 18 (July 17): Dease Lake-Smithers

  1. I like dust tape story. Small tip for you Zoran. You only need two tools, duct tape and WD40. If something moves and it shouldn’t use duct tape. If something doesn’t move and it should use WD40.

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