Somewhere along the line the Alaska Highway transitioned
from being a major transport highway with great scenery
to being simply a transport road. I had heard about the
oil and natural gas extraction in this part of BC but
little did I realize the scale of it and how many trucks
would use the Alaska Highway. When wet, this final stretch
of the Alaska Highway became a long strip of muddy gravel
in the breakdown lane.
So it was good to get off the highway. I made my way
to Forth St. John in the morning, a small city in
northeastern BC that feeds the oil/gas extraction industry,
it kinda is a hybrid between a quaint midwestern town
and a place out of the ex Soviet block; big apartment
buildings just pop up in random parts of the city.
But the city is definitely connected. I got into a Safeway
market and bought 75 dollars of good looking food, including
8 very large cookies that didn’t last the day.
While I was food shopping my bike was getting a new chain
and brake pads at a local shop. Five miles after leaving the
shop the new chain broke! If chains are grass then my bike is a
weed eater. I wonder if this one was due to installation error.
Fortunately I had a spare quick link and was able to fix
yet another chain mishap.