So even though I had a lot of ground to cover in little amount of time, I couldn't resist taking the scenic route. I have been wanting for a while to check out the town of Tumbler Ridge
. It's a community that's only two years older than me, but has a fascinating history and is full of dead dinosaurs, waterfalls, and mining roads to explore. My kind of place. Check out more about it here
Anyways, to get there, I took that route that Google will never take you.
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Leaving the highway just before the giant beaver at Beaverlodge, I took the 722 to the metropolis of Elmworth (population:9.)
Not much for curves.
But she's a beauty none the less.
I didn't bring an Alberta map, so I ended up winging it south and west (and hitting a couple dead ends) on the gravel, but I eventually hit Township Road 700, which led me to where I wanted to go.
I don't think there was even a sign at the border, but I am pretty sure this is Hiding Creek, meaning we're in Beautiful British Colombia now.
The water's not muddy here, like back home, but stained red with tannins.
Eventually, there was a sign.
Which confirmed that I was indeed where I wanted to be.
The road splits here.
The left fork goes on a long dead end traverse southeast almost all the way back to the Alberta border.
But I took the right fork, heading southwest towards the heritage highway.
I know that my final destination was supposed
to be north, but this way I snuck in an extra 200 km of gravel for pretty much free.