Posted by: carterlakelife | July 13, 2010

Whistler Trip – Day 2

Captain`s Log – 12July10 – Hit the Yellowhead west just after 9:00 a.m. local time and continued our trek into the mountains. Looking at the map and coming through on the northern route, we decided to take Hwy 99 whan we hit Kamloops. 207 Km from that point to Whistler. A stop for a bite at Cache Creek about 75 km down the road and we thought we were in for an early arrival. Althought we would highly recommend that route for the experience and the views that you certainly would not get traveling the number 1, we are unlikely to make that trek again. For a couple of prairie flatlanders, the long and winding (understatement) road with many elevation changes in the middle of the mountains and on the side of the mountains made for an interesting experience. Guardrails on the side of the highway on the prairies when the ditch is more than 10 feet deep gives us a safe feeling. Out here, not wasting time and money on that. Traveling this mountain back road while looking into a canyon that seems to drop into the centre of the earth is a little unnerving. You know the kind, similar to those that Yosemite Sam or Wile E. Coyote have fallen in many times in their pursuit of Bugs Bunny and The Roadrunner. This highway takes you through Lillooet and Pemberton, BC. Traffic is definitely not heavy and thankfully so, as we drove over at least 7 single lane wooden bridges with the warning sign `Slippery when Frosty`which in and of itself is more amusing than anything; however, the temperature was 5 degrees at that elevation, so perhaps a warning to be heeded even in mid-July. Hairpin turns where 20 km per hour was aggressive driving, runaway lanes and roads that turned back on themselves made for an intersting hike. We made it through nonetheless although the last 125 kilometres took about two hours with an average speed of 70 km. So, as stated, if you are looking for a scenic and adventurous route and not worried about making good time, we would recommend Hwy 99.

We arrive in Whistler approximately 9:30 p.m. local time and with a quick call to security to get us registered and into the building, we were settled in our studio suite a little after 10 p.m. Now that we are here, we are looking forward to many adventures.

 

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  1. Travelling through Golden B.C seems like the same experience. I close my eyes and take a sleeping pill. I have the same feeling about the Road Runner cartoons….aaahhhhhhhhh smash!!!!!!


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