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Journal for 3-Sep : Exchamisks River

Hard to know when to get up. I used to get up when I first woke up and it was light. Now I have to check the time because it's always light. Pretty cool this morning.

More undulating headwind riding till the Äänekoski turnoff. Not originally on my route, but the only town big enough to have a bike shop within coo-ee. I still need more spare spokes.

Horrible expressway riding on a narrow shoulder to Äänekoski, where I searched for spokes, and bought 6 months worth of food.

Fast(er) riding on the busy hwy 69.

Turnoff to Vesanto is marked as scenic highlight. It looked the same as the rest of Finland : Mostly trees, with the occasional lake glittering in the sun.

Finally found a water tap at Ventso.

Threatened to rain all afternoon, only got started once, just long enough for me to get my raincoat out.

Fantastic days riding today.

The Yellowhead hwy mostly lat, wide and smooth. Slightly downhill from Kitwanga too. And no bloody headwind!

Scenery incredible. Lots of great views of the Skeena River, rapidly flowing to the Pacific. Mountains all around. Occasional glimpses of salmon fishers and kyakers.

After the fog lifted, the sun came out! It was pure magic.

Terrace may not be the prettiest town on earth, but it may well be in the prettiest location. (Think Timmins in the South Island of New Zealand).

Pizza Hut "all you can eat" buffet lunch. Found riding a bit harder after that.

Riding past brackish water now, dead level next to railway. Still more mountains.

Watched otters playing in the Skeena river.

Drunk guy and "no camping" signs at Exchamisks Rv campground. Moved around to the boat ramp instead.

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