The next stop I have marked is at Dease Lake...and I kick my self for not having photos of this....! Well, we pulled into the Dease Lake truck stop to get gas in later afternoon/early evening... At the next pump over were 2 other "Adventure Riders" and as Kim knows....I just gotta go over and say "Hi!" Well it turned out to be a guy named Tom and I think his friend's name was Mark. Tom was on a WR25R with Dunlop 606s and Mark was on a KLR with basically street tires....talked about a pair...! Anyway, they were from Minnesota and newly retired. Tom was 68 at the time...and they had a problem... They went down Telegraph Creek Road and met some natives fishing for Sockeye Salmon. They ended up trading a few packs of oatmeal for a fresh caught Sockeye....but they didn't know how to cook it...? "No worries, I can help you out"...I say... "What do you say we go back south a few miles to that campground by the river and I'll cook it up?" They said that sounded good so we bought a six pack and headed back south!! There was a beautiful streamside (riverside really) campground where we camped and cooked the fresh Sockeye... Man was it good and in a beautiful setting with new friends...! As we chatted through the evening, we learned that they wanted to head south a bit to explore another "railroad right of way type thing" before continuing north. We slept in and when we awoke, they were already gone... We had a great breakfast of the left over salmon that was kept cool in a ziplock bag n the river.... This was the only day we missed being on the road by the "Crack of Noon"!! We wished we would have had a chance to talk again before they left ....but we were getting used to "friends" coming into and out of our lives.... We packed up and continued north, hoping we might see them again along the way.... It was a beautiful summer day....as we pushed north...we were starting to feel a sense of "urgency" in reaching Alaska and have enough time to see it before the snows chased us south.... but we still had to enjoy the journey....! We went past beautiful mountains and expansive wilderness. When we came to this beautiful lake at Boya Lake Provincial Park, we couldn't help but stop in for a swim...! We went past areas with beautiful fireweed blooming.. And we crossed into our next Province! and still..no Tom and Mark.... We junctioned into the ALCAN and headed north!!