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May 4, 2010 -

Prince George to Fort St John

I pulled out at about 8:30 this morning and was able to confirm that Prince George really needs to put more money into its signage.

Last year, I used my GPS to get out of town and wound up on a road with a bridge that had too low of a clearance for Miranda. This year, I followed the signage and found myself on that exact same road! At least, this time the construction was done and I was able to squeak under the bridge. I had to circle back about ten kilometres only to discover that I hadn’t missed any signs at all. I put on my four way flashers in a busy intersection and took out the GPS. It told me to turn right and that ended up being correct while the signage clearly said to go straight for Dawson Creek. The idiots probably changed the roads in that area and ‘forgot’ to update the signage, cheap bastards.

It was stop and go all the way out of town, with several people cutting me off, and I was pretty cranky by the time I hit the open road. I stopped at the Crooked River rest area for brunch and then my mood improved considerably as I pushed north into my beloved landscape of poplar and black spruce.

climbing up to the Pine Pass Summit

climbing up to the Pine Pass Summit

approaching the Pine Pass Summit


stopped for construction; the guy in front of me was doing some impressive calisthenics!

stopped for construction

This construction stop was memorable for the route that followed. We had to go behind a pilot vehicle and there was no room for error. At one point, my wheels were literally a couple of inches from the edge of a cliff, with the side hanging out over a ravine. I made the mistake of looking down once, nearly lost my lunch, and then focused on the road!

approaching 'the other Dawson'

There were some pretty impressive downhill stretches all the way to Taylor, between Dawson Creek and Fort St John, and I didn’t remember them from last year. It just goes to show how barreling down a hill with no brakes teaches you to pay more attention to the elevation changes. 😀

It got colder and windier the more north I drove and the snow on the ground at the Pine Pass remained all the way into Fort St John. There were actually a few icicles forming on the exterior of the loft when I pulled into the Walmart!

I completely avoided ‘the other Dawson’ this year, but I still felt that tug at my heartstrings when I turned onto the Alaska highway. Some things aren’t going to get old any time soon!

It was quite the exciting driving day, but it would have been a good day on the road had this not happened:

That’s probably going to be a total windshield replacement. The impact was such that there are shards of glass inside the cab and there are three cracks pushing out of the chip. One grew and grew and grew before my eyes and I thought I was going to have to pull over and call for help, worried that the whole windshield was going to go. So far, it doesn’t affect my visibility, so I’m holding out hope that they can just fill it with epoxy and buy me some time…. I can handle a chip repair right now, but not a windshield replacement! And before I get any comments on the subject–Yukon vehicle insurance does not cover glass claims.

Well, no sense worrying about this until tomorrow, so I’m going to turn on the furnace and then go make a nice dinner!

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Apr 8, 2010 -

Cold Night


We’ve had plenty of frosty nights this spring, but last night it was just plain cold. It had rained all day and then the temps dropped to just around freezing. I bundled up, slept like a log, and was woken by the feeling of being too hot as a bright sun warmed up the RV interior.

It’s chilly out there, but sunny enough to fool a less wise person into trying to fix her leak. I tried that last time we had a sunny break and wound up with a soupy mess that is going to be a nightmare to clean because there just wasn’t enough time for

the silicon to cure. I have taped a plastic bag over the leak and it’s holding back the water, but a real fix needs to happen soon. For one thing, I won’t feel comfortable sealing up that area from the inside with trim until I’m sure the leak is fixed. It’s beautiful out this morning (the sky is pure cornflower blue), but it’s supposed to cloud over and start to pour again this afternoon. Bah.

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Mar 29, 2010 -

Class C Motorhome Ownership Tip

If you have a class C motorhome, and especially if you sleep in the loft over the cab, do not under any circumstanc

es put your mattress directly on the floor. Just trust me on this one and don’t ask me why. Oh, you insist? Well one day you will decide to remove your mattress and discover that you have been sleeping on a fungus forest. No, I will not clarify that with a picture.

Thankfully, Miranda’s original hard-as-nails mattress was between mine and the floor, so my good mattress that I sleep on is fine.

Over the past year and a half I have occasionally taken a peek under the original mattress and I never saw anything amiss. The problems were in the middle of the mattress….

Followed a fun hour of trying to figure out how to get the mouldy original mattress out of the rig without contaminating everything. I wound up rolling it up loosely, mouldy-side in, and taking it out the driver’s side door. This was after wrestling with my good mattress and trying to find a spot for it. Thank goodness for clear wall space where the bucket chairs used to be!

I then spent time with an anti-mould and fungus product, a couple of rolls of paper towels, and a garbage bag. I even dug out a bit of the flooring to see if the mould had penetrated it (no!). I think I might have dodged the bullet on this one, yet again, finding a major problem before it becomes a structural issue. The walls were all fine, including the one were I had a leak earlier this winter. I should have put two and two together back then and guessed that water leaked under the mattress. *shakes head*

Interestingly enough, I already had the solution for preventing this from happening again. I’ve been wanting to remove that mattress for some time now because it is a dust and cat fur magnet and thought that while I was at it I could elevate the mattress to circulate the air under it. Sad how I had this thought for my good mattress but not for the disposable one. *rolls eyes*

The obvious solution would be a wooden base with slats. Many months ago, without even realising that I’d been mulling over this issue, a solution came to me. It was just a matter of making a trip to Home Depot for some pallets…

Did you know that two standard Home Depot Pallets placed end to end have the exact dimensions of a standard double/full mattress?

The only adjustment I need to make is to the board covering the hole over the cab. It’s the board that was tucked into the original mattress, but it’s not at the same level as the floor, so I’ll need to either replace it with something else or make some notches in the pallets.

Of course, the pallets are higher than the original mattress was, so I am going to be even closer to the ceiling. I’ve measured this already and think I can live with it until I can get a new, thinner, mattress. My mattress is reaching the end of its lifespan, so I don’t mind this.

I’d better go finish this project unless I want to sleep in the study tonight. 😀

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