Saskatoon to Dawson Creek - July 10, 2017
Today begins our second day north of the border. We move out of the Saskatchewan Province, pass through Alberta and into British Columbia en route to Dawson Creek. This leg and the following leg of our trip are significant pieces for us. In the early planning stages, we decided we were going to shoot for the Ultimate Coast to Coast recognition from the Iron Butt Association. The IBA is an organization dedicated to endurance motorcycle riding and the membership requirements are relatively simple. Complete one of the rides certified by the IBA. The shortest ride certified is the Saddle Sore 1000 in which participants are required to log 1000 documented and timed miles in 24 hours. We decided late that for this trip we wanted to complete 4 certifications. The Saddle Sore 1000, Bun Burner 1500, Saddle Sore 2000 and the Ultimate Coast to Coast.
Even though we have a pre-planned stop in Dawson Creek, we viewed this leg as well as the follow on leg as a potential for completing 3 of the 4 challenges. If fatigue, weather or mechanical issues become a factor then we allotted ourselves the return trip from Fairbanks to Vancouver to try and complete the task. The distance from Saskatoon to Fairbanks is approximately 2,153 miles along the route we have chosen and there should be no reason we cannot complete the challenges unless one of the aforementioned issues comes into play.
In the event we are forced to scrap the attempt, we will end our day in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. The town of Dawson Creek shares the name of the Creek that runs through the same area. George Mercer Dawson led a surveying team through the area in 1879 and one of the members of his team named the creek after him. Also known as "Mile 0 City", Dawson Creek sits at the Southern end of the Alaskan Highway!