The Caribou Trail

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Robert's Roost Campsite

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

I should have known. When people gleefully asked me if we were going into the mountains, or are you taking "the Duffy" or when they asked with sort of a small smile, are you going to Lilloet? Something was up. It's 120 miles, 195 Kilometres, from Pemberton to the junction of Hwys 99 and 97, and as Grace has already alluded to, it was arguably the most difficult drive I’ve ever made! Note: to Andy & Jodie, Chaas & Kim, (our American friends who own the same RV’s) we drove it pretty much all the way in 2nd gear going up and 3rd going down for more 6 hrs. and the little “View” never skipped a beat. With the way she was revving up all the time, we kept expecting the resonator pipe to blow but she never did. It was a good test of what these small motors are capable of. Also the transmission, and the brakes get a real workout. You can really trust our little units folks if they are well maintained. We have an appointment to change the oil and check the brakes tomorrow before the next leg of our journey. Lillooet is about 2/3rds of the way along. It was originally “Mile 0” when travelling the old Caribou Trail on the way to the gold fields. Hence the term 100 mile house etc. During the gold Rush, Lillooet also was once the largest populated town West of Chicago, and North of San Francisco.  After Lillooet the scenery changes dramatically, to almost desert mountain like conditions. They often use this area to make Western type Movies that they want you to think were made in Mexico or Arizona. Indeed there are lots of signs warning you to watch out for horses on the road and in the ditches. We saw them every where! Eventually we finally arrived at the Hwy. 97 junction and turned North towards Quesnel. Hwy. 97 is fast and easy to drive and it felt so god to drive normal again for a while. We soon put the miles behind us and finally arrived at an excellent RV park in Quesnel called Robert’s Roost.   Located in a beautiful setting on peaceful Dragon Lake, this is a very quiet restful place to get to at the end of a long day’s drive. Owners of the park, Robin and Keith are very congenial hosts. They take great care in making their park a good place to stay.  Grace and I think it’s a must for anyone driving up this way. If you do, try to be here for the weekend. They have a great farmers market in town every Saturday all summer. See the next blog for that.
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