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Canada : British Columbia

1.8 km (1.1 miles) SSE of Vanderhoof, BC, Canada
Approx. altitude: 695 m (2280 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo topo250 world confnav)
Antipode: 54°S 56°E

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#2: The rough, muddy road #3: "Bridge" on the rough, muddy road #4: South - the Flag in the pile of old wood is where the GPS picture was taken #5: East #6: View from the end of Speedway Road, across the clearing to the confluence #7: Confluence is 0.6 degrees into the trees

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  54°N 124°W  

#1: North, looking across the clearing where the old speedway used to be

(visited by Dave Patton)

22-Aug-2001 -- This was my seventh stop on a 7-day, 3200km confluence hunting trip to the BC interior, covering 51N121W, 52N121W, 52N122W, 52N123W, 52N125W, 52N124W, 54N124W, 54N125W, and 53N123W.

On Tuesday, August 21st, I left my parking spot for 52N 124W at 1:40PM. I headed back out the logging roads to Highway 20, then east to Williams Lake, then north on Highway 97. After about 430km, at 7:05PM, I turned west on Highway 16, towards Vanderhoof, which is at the geographic center of BC.

At 8:25PM, on Highway 16, just before the hill down into Vanderhoof, I pulled over where 54N crossed the highway. The confluence was located somewhere to the west (the other side of the highway). I had just passed a road on the other side, so I turned around and went back. The road was Speedway Road. Although it was 8:30PM, and I hadn't had dinner, and the light was fading, I was so close that I wanted to "polish this one off" to finish the day.

Speedway road goes a few hundred feet off the highway, then turns right, goes another little ways, then turns left, and after a short bit ends at a clearing, where there is a driveway for 430 Speedway Road. Not seeing any vehicle, or lights on, I didn't approach the trailer, but went back to the first turn in the road, where I had noticed a dirt road leading into the woods. I soon found out that this is a real 4WD road, especially when muddy, and it looked like maybe it gets used by 'people out to play in the dirt', rather than being used for actual transportation. I drove a ways down the road, but stopped and parked once I saw the "bridge", which I wasn't willing to cross at this time of day, especially not when getting stuck would mean an even later dinner.

I wasn't far from the confluence, so, still hoping to reach it, I took my video camera, still camera and flash, headlamp, and GPS and set off down the muddy road. Once I hit 124W, I headed into the woods. A few minutes later, after going down one bank of a little gully, and up the other side, I was close, but not quite there, but I also realised that I was just beyond the edge of the clearing next to 430 Speedway Road! I decided to call it quits for today, and headed back to the car. It's likely that I wouldn't have been able to get suitable pictures by that time anyway, but at least I was confident that I could easily do the visit the next morning.

Once back at the car I drove back to 430 Speedway and left a landowners permission letter at the door of the trailer, explaining I'd be back in the morning. I then went back to the highway, and just down the road checked into a motel. I then went down the hill into Vanderhoof to get something for dinner, but there aren't a lot of places to eat anyway, and not much was open, as it was now well past 9PM. I picked up some pizza and headed back to the motel for the night.

The next morning I left the motel at 10AM and headed back to 430 Speedway Road. Just as I got to the driveway, I met a fellow in a pickup truck leaving the clearing. I explained why I was there, and he told me that the owner of the trailer wasn't really living there yet, but that the clearing wasn't part of their property. The fellow in the truck was using part of the clearing to store some logs, some of which he was cutting up to sell for firewood. He also told me that the clearing is where there used to be a speedway, complete with banked track, many years ago (thus the name of the road). He suggested I just drive across the clearing, which I did. I was done with the picture taking by 10:30AM, picked up the unused landowners letter from the trailer, and left the confluence.

It was nice to start the day with a successful visit, especially one done within 30 minutes! To top it off, despite my expectations of a rainy day, it was partly sunny - in fact, watching the satellite pictures on the TV in the motel that morning, it appeared that almost the entire province was covered in clouds, except for a small area in the middle of BC, which included where I was :)

Now it was time to go check out 54N125W.


 All pictures
#1: North, looking across the clearing where the old speedway used to be
#2: The rough, muddy road
#3: "Bridge" on the rough, muddy road
#4: South - the Flag in the pile of old wood is where the GPS picture was taken
#5: East
#6: View from the end of Speedway Road, across the clearing to the confluence
#7: Confluence is 0.6 degrees into the trees
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