May 09, 2008
??? ??, 2009
As I rolled into Dease Lake, BC I had a difficult decision to make. The gas station closed right at 5:00 pm, the attendant was starting up her truck right as I pulled in. She said that there wouldn't be any available facilities open for the rest of the day and that the next available services were 235 Kilometers away in Watson Lake. I had just over a quarter of a tank which I estimated to be just over three gallons. I studied my Milespost sitting by the gas pumps, there was no digital display, the only indication I could find was an old drop letter sign. I couldn't tell whether is just hadn't been tended or if they were actually demanding $10 per liter. If the price was this high I suspected that maybe she refrained to tell me about the gas station in Good Hope. My travel guide, current off the shelf indicated that there was a station there. I really didn't want to camp in the area as it wasn't nearly as appealing as most of the terrain I had covered during the day and I could tell there was a substantial mountain range further north. So I decided to look for gas in Good Hope, allowing superstition to play a small role continuing further north. About 40 miles up the road I found a beautiful clearing where it looked safe to park, so I decided to do some cooking, take some photographs and get some sleep before continuing onward. I wasn't far from the highway. Passing vehicles, usually fully loaded semis, rumbled by every one or two hours.