Day 4- N. Battleford to Slave Lake, AB 13Aug19 We woke to what looked to be by all rights a beautiful morning. Some high clouds but dry and looking very promising. (Note the fancy new green bike covers) Breakfast was just what was on offer at the hotel buffet and then it was on to repacking the now dry camping gear and everything we’d taken off the bikes. (Which was everything except the boxes). While we were loading up we met Rich (new Goldwing) & Cavin (FJR) who were on their way to AK. Guys, if you’re reading this, I hope your trip is going well and it was good chatting with you. And then the errands were run...across the street for bike bacon & down to the grocery store for supplies- no crappy leftovers tonight! Grocery store window self-portrait We took the secondary highway that ran more or less parallel to 16 to Timmy’s in Wainwright, AB for a donut and tea. Or, as the two Brits we chatted with called it ‘Coffee & buns’. These guys, whose names I failed to get, had rented bikes near Boston and were doing an Atlantic to Pacific run over the course of a couple weeks. We rolled along until Tofield and then started a zig-zagging pattern of North, North, North, West, North, West...and so on. Our lunch stop was at a gas station in Lamont. As we were eating a KLR rolled by and the rider waved then flipped a u-turn...and that’s how met Nick @cbx4evr. Good chatting with ya...now go convince one of your brothers to take a few weeks off and do a properly big ride! Mmmmmm...gravy fries chips North, West, North, North...Until we made it to Slave Lake. I had located a brewery here- Dog Island Brewing- but they’re only open Thursday-Sunday. However, I had also determined that we should be able to find some of their brew packaged at a nearby liquor store...and we did! Into every trip must fall some construction zones We had refueled in Athabasca and so this was our only stop prior to heading to our destination for the night- Marten River campground in the Lesser Slave Lake Park. We picked out a site and while I got the tent set up Hannah prepared our dinner of rice noodles with peanut sauce (from a packaged ‘instant peanut dressing’ thing we had brought from home), snap peas and green onions. We also found our new mascot hiding in the dirt- He joined us for dinner and some beers. This is Dibs...he’s going to be traveling with us from here on. A great day by any measure. ~400 miles ~1570 running total Highlights: No rain, meeting ‘The Brits’ and Nick, finding Dibs, Dog Island Brewing beer! Lowlights: No pie, but the donuts were a moderately acceptable stand in.