Pilot cars for the mindless

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Good Hope Lake: the perfect lunch spot!
We started down the Stewart-Cassiar today and headed through the heart of North British Columbia. It's a beautiful area, filled with forests, wildlife and true BC air. We drove south following the highway and endured painful and hilarious conversation, including half an hour about sandwiches (that always seems to be the default topic!) and a pretty intense wildlife discussion:

"Where the f*ck are all the bears?"
[Moose crosses the road]
.... "Where the f*ck are all the moose?"

With all the roadwork being done on the Cassiar at the time, we also discovered just how much we love pilot cars. It was a pleasure to see a road blockage ahead and a line of cars waiting for a pilot car to lead them down the road. Why do I love pilot cars? Because it's so simple.
The gorgeous view of Kinaskan Lake when from our campground. This picture was taken at about 4:30am... when I got up to pee!
You can follow the car without thinking about where the potholes are, what's coming up ahead... it's all thought out for you. This guy has driven this road dozens of times today. Trust. Sure, I may still shoulder check as the line of rows crosses into another lane (what am I shoulder checking for?) but the main efforts of driving are taken care of for you.

We stopped for lunch at Good Hope Lake. An amazing turquoise lake we spotted just as we were driving by. It's easy to miss, but there is a small lane going down a hill towards the lake (it's easier to spot and go down if you're coming from the south, traveling north), but I guarantee, if you go down this road, you'll have the best picnic you've ever had. It's only about 30 metres long before it switches back (leave your car here and walk down to the lake) but it's just far enough below the highway that it's almost silent. You have the entire lake to yourself and there is a perfectly sized shoreline, enough for your camping stove and a couple camping chairs. Just sit back and enjoy the view!

The glory of a roadtrip and less tourist-infested areas is that you can stop where you want and set up camp when you see a campground that's convenient for you. We stopped at Kinaskan Lake, about 100km south of Dease Lake. It was a really nice campground around a really beautiful lake. There are campsites lining the lake, so be sure you pick on lakeside for a gorgeous view!
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photo by: silan