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The Big Horn Road North

This morning, after rising early, Bill did a load or two of laundry before we headed into town. We made a stop at the Visitor Information Center. The lady that waited on us was very helpful... showing us several interesting pamphlets, including the North To Alaska map and the Ultimate Road Trip brochure. I explained how I was writing this blog for the North To Alaska web site. She was very interested in how to view the site and read the blogs. We also purchased an “official” Alberta road map for $2. After filling the tank, and a quick stop at Tim Horton's, we headed north up the scenic route to Alaska, hwy 40, aka The Big Horn road. The road is well maintained, and fairly flat, with a few grades down to cross rivers, and back up again. We followed 40 to Grand Prairie where we diverted from the “Rocky Mountain Route” to go north on hwy 35 to Manning, AB. Along the way we saw very few animals, zero big horn sheep, one deer and 4 elk in a safflower field. The road north from Grand Prairie was uneventful, consisting mostly of grain and safflower fields. About the photo of the day... As we traveled up hwy 40 we came upon a small forest fire that had already jumped the road and was spreading easterly. Borate bombers (fire fighting airplanes) and ground crews were already on-site. Here's hoping the contain/control it rapidly. Wildfires quickly get out of control in Canada due to remoteness. About Internet. The last WIFI we had access to was in Grimshaw at dinner. We have cell service in Manning, but no WIFI and we don't expect to have it for the next 3 days or so.

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