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October 16th, 2011

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In the finest traditions of the now defunct "News of the World", only my curiosity had been aroused. Spotting the sign beside the highway south of Smithers, British Columbia, it was time to investigate….

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Contemplations in Smithers

October 15th, 2011

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Cristina had lived in Indonesia for a few years. Travelled to China in the early 90s. Back-packed to Bergen. Had lived in Prince Rupert and Hazelton, places I’d recently passed through. But was now in Smithers, enjoying a coffee respite from scrubbing out a mobile home she’d bought. Explained I’d some sympathy, my own cottage having taken weeks to remove the final traces of a previous owner’s deep fat fryer.

She’d been sat on a nearby table, enjoying the pleasant autumn sun. Asked if she could join me, even if it might have been I who’d invited her. Her request not unexpected. I’d been pondering my own plans, my pedal now fixed but conscious time had drifted by. Wondering where I might stop tonight.

I liked Smithers. Alongside the highway it was mostly nondescript, the usual fast food outlets and gas stations. But the town itself had character. And Germanic undertones. Schimmel’s cafe. The air-raid siren. A very helpful information centre. And a really great bike shop.

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Sorted in Smithers

October 15th, 2011

Sorted in Smithers from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Following a tip-off, Ken finds Dave’s bike shop – www.cobbikeshop.ca – in Smithers to try and get his annoying pedal sorted..

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Sirens in Smithers

October 15th, 2011

Sirens in Smithers from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken’s visit to Smithers’ information centre is interrupted by what sounded like an air-raid siren…

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Clue in the view

October 15th, 2011

Clue in the view from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken ponders how Glacier View RV park gets its name…

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