October 2, 2020 – approximately 6:00 p.m.
The end of Day One arrived at around 6:00 p.m. when I rolled into High Level. Overall a very pleasant drive, with wildlife sightings that included Bison. Many Bison. Nothing else, just Bison. And all of them before the Deh Cho Bridge. I’m staying at the Best Western Mirage, which I have always found very comfortable and affordable, and I’m confident they are following pandemic guidelines.
I contemplated going for a walk because I noticed on the way in (hard to miss, frankly) that the community has installed a new intersection meridian at the north end of the highway providing for a turning lane. It threw me off because I wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t go for the walk though because by the time I settled in and did my exercise routine it was already dark out. I was ready to call it a night. I ordered supper in this evening to avoid any undue contact, and then did a little work-related emailing before reading and turning in.
October 3, 2020 – approximately 10:00 a.m.
I had a pretty good sleep last night, but still managed to move a little slower than I would have liked this morning. I was hoping to get on the road shortly after 9:00 a.m., but didn’t actually until nearly 10:00 a.m.
The High Level Esso station is one of my favourite stops on this drive. It’s a quite literally full-service station that is kept in excellent condition. Wait — not full-service in the sense of they will pump your gas; that part is entirely self-serve — I mean full-service in the sense that they provide more than just gas. They have a wonderful cafeteria, fully stocked convenience store, and pay-at-the-pump options. Plenty of room for lots of traffic to move around. They also have a draw for trips that is ongoing, I think you enter with your receipt. I’ve entered it a few times, but didn’t today. The trips are awarded often, so there are lots of winners. And you’re guaranteed to see at least one familiar face from home passing through.