The radio reports had been right: as one proceeded east towards Revelstoke, the visibility dropped immensely due to forest fire smoke being blown north from Washinton state fires. By the time I finished a quick energy refill at the Revelstoke supercharger, I was inspired to get out of the smoke. Head southbound, baby. Banff would have to wait.
What a shame this smoke had arrived, though, because the route from Sicamous toward Banff clearly offered fabulously scenery.
From Golden I needed to abandon the supercharger network again, however, to pursue a southerly route, and with 278 miles to Kalispell, I would need a helper charge along the way.
Iceman and I stopped for a helper charge at the Kicking Horse Cafe, about 60 miles south of the Golden supercharger. The cafe offered an excellent 26 mph charger at no charge, free internet, and a chance to buy great coffee and food.
In a little over 2 hours we had a full range of 241 miles and headed south again for our most ambitious leg yet: over 210 miles to Kallispell, Montana. Plan B in case we couldn’t make the distance? Stop for the night at one of the many RV parks between the U.S. border and Kallispell.
I drove about 45 mph on this route to Kalispell but did better than on the Alaska legs because the temperature was warmer, I demanded nothing more than a fan from the environmental system, and the road had considerably fewer turns and hills than the legs through Canada.