Day 14: Just keep heading north

360 miles
16 mpg
$16: Tetsa River Regional Park Campground

Driving along, I’m reminded of one of my favorite Alcan Highway videos: a 1957 ad for Chevy trucks.

Try to get that tune out of your head. You can’t.

I switched campsites at Swan Lake after we last spoke. To one with a better view. Less generator/boat trailer/screaming-four-year-olds, and more of this:

They’ve had some serious flooding just north of here on the Peace River, and some of this park is also under water. And in the morning, there really were swans.

I would’ve left earlier this morning, but this park locks its gates from 11pm to 7am. And since I was just a few miles into the next time zone, I waited awhile. But that’s OK. I should probably take a few moments to slow down. I sat here and did some Sudoku.

I was really headed for the true start of the Alaska leg of this trip, with Mile Zero in Dawson Creek.

That way. Go that way.

Right now, I’m about 60 miles south of Fort Nelson, B.C. I might camp near there. If I have a signal, I’ll update this post with some details.


The slowest gas pump in the world (at “Fas Gas”) allowed me to give an Airstream tour to local and get some great camping and gas suggestion for my trip ahead.

Seriously. 20 minutes for the fill-up. I squeegeed every window in the car and trailer, used the bathroom inside, and had a long chat with a native.

But thanks to that chat, I got a great site at Tetsa River

My view:

The local gentleman also recommended Toad River for my next gas fill-up (avoid Muncho, he said). And I’m having my first breakfast “out” as I write this with $2 wi-fi.

They also have an airport and a large collection of baseball caps.

4 thoughts on “Day 14: Just keep heading north

  1. body{font-size:10pt;font-family:arial,sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;color:black;}p{margin:0px;}You are such a wonderful “story-teller” … with descriptive words & “W I D E   S C R E E N”  photography.  Every day I look forward to the ongoing saga of “Dan the Daring Driver…with his Trusty Trailer…..Heading North…….Alone.                                                 LL    

  2. Chevy truck video brings back memories of TV late 50s. Hilarious! Keep watching for Dinah Shore and Pat Boone. (Could she hit a note? Talk about warbling tremelo!) Enjoying the photos and points of interest. Scenery is a comfort to see and nice to dream about back here in steamy PhilHOTdelphia.

  3. Loved this post and update. Looking forward to more stories about the locals along the way. You’re probably giving them some stories to tell. The classical musician from the East making his way northward.

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