I had planned to do a big trek North to celebrate my 60th year. I soon discovered that work, life and the fact that the Road to Tuk was not done yet all got in the way. Well I still had a week of holidays left and figured it would be a good test of the rig. See what is going to break, how much wear on the tires, if I could even handle a Solo journey up North. More to test for the Dempster and to just say I've been there!! The Plan was to get to Wood Buffalo National Park then head west. I had no fixed route just an idea of where I wanted to go. I am not a planner, not that I don't prepare it is just I only vaguely have an idea of where I am going. I had promised to go see my brother a long time ago but he lives in Smith Alberta. Not the easiest place to go really. So East I trundle. I have been over the Rogers Pass so many times I hardly look at the scenery any more but love the history so stopped in to marvel over these bridge towers from our Railways past. Dodging traffic is another reason for not taking the # 1 highway across Canada. Kinda why I ended heading south when I encountered to traffic jam out of golden. Besides Kootenay National Park is Gorgeous.