The first Monday in August is a long weekend in Alberta. Friday July 31 after work I rode my motorcycle from Airdrie to Drayton Valley to visit my mother which is about three hours travel time.
Saturday morning in Drayton Valley, Alberta on August 1 I found myself thinking "I wonder if I can pull this off?" I had wanted to do a road trip to get to the northernmost ferry in Alberta however I was lacking in travelling companions. In other words, this would be a solo trip if I decided to do this. On a whim I decided to see if I could make it to the La Crete Ferry in northern Alberta and back in a weekend to the Drayton Valley area. From Drayton Valley to High Level is at least 737km. Along the way I took the Shaftesbury Ferry crossing the Peace River. I spent Saturday night in High Level. The route highlighted in dark blue is the route I took to the Shaftesbury Ferry.
On the way back August 2 there was a side trip to the La Crete Ferry which was another 32km from the junction and back. Once back to the junction I took the same route all the way back to the Drayton Valley area. Instead of spending Sunday night in Drayton Valley I stayed at a friend's place outside Drayton Valley. According to my Google calculations this would be 764km on day two.
So I figure I did close to one thousand miles in two days. Most of the trip was uneventful, there is not a lot to see and a lot of it looks the same. Also, speed limits north of Mayerthorpe seem to be a suggestion, no one drives the limit. I was routinely passed by people driving high rates of speed.
I spent Monday riding back to Airdrie from Genesee.
Photos and notes will eventually follow.
I will admit to being stiff after this.