The Cassiar highway is a scenic route through some of the most isolated areas in Canada, when we decided to choose this route in our way to Alaska we knew that every small problem with our bike could be a drama, we crossed our fingers hoping everything will be fine but then it happens.
The bike stop working when we were leaving from Steward, the region where there is a highest concentration of grizzly bears in the world. 5 km away from this little town in the deep of an immense forest the motorbike stopped and showed no sign of life.
It was time to quietly push it back to Steward with 2 thoughts in mind, how to avoid bear contact until to arrive to the town and how we will fix that problema in a place with no motorcycle workshops.
REMOTE IT´S SYNONYM OF EXPENSIVE
This place is not just unique for being home to countless bears but also for its wild nature with fiords, glaciers, forest and rivers. We will never forget how the weather over there can be so extreme and the conditions changes very radically fast. But the real problem now is that in Canada remote it´s synonym of expensive. To cover the expenses of a broken motorcycle and accommodation in a place like that could ruin our budget to keep traveling.
ONLY THE SKILLS OF A FISHERMAN WITH THE ENGINE OF HIM MOTORBOAT COULD HELP US
When we finally arrived back to the town pushing the bike for 5 km we were happy we met no bear in our path but sad that also was nobody in the streets. It was time to knock in the doors and ask for some help. First we been to the only one gas station and they told us in Steward there is not mechanic for motorcycles but they recommend us to look for Rob, a fisherman who should know a bit for motorboat engines and maybe it could help us.
The first conclusion was that the problem seemed to be in the fuel pump, gasoline did not reach the engine. With Rob help we dismantled the fuel tank but then nobody knows how to fix it. We were not sure which spare part we need, what exactly was broken. But we got Rob with it tools and a WiFi connection so we look for an alternative solution.
IF OU CAN BE A BIT CREATIVE EVERY PROBLEM HAVE SOLUTIONS
I started a live video in facebook while Manu and Rob kept their hands busy with the fuel pump. Then many people from around the world start to propose us possible solutions, we follow their tips and we tried few things, fuses, wires connections, make empty the fuel tank because maybe it was water inside… but nothing works until a mechanic from Tijuana (Mexico) show us what we have to do. He knew our bike and told us that the fuel filter was blocked with dirt. It was so simple, but in some places a simple problem can have dramatic consequences. Basic solutions like a motorcycle workshop were no available but if you can be a bit creative you will solve the problem very fast.
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We fixed the bike the same day but we decided to stay few more days more in Steward with Rob and his lovely wife. We become good friends and we could enjoy and learn a lot from this magic land. Maybe the bike just want for us to stay some more days there.