In avoiding the PetroCanada fuel station at the junction of Hwy 37 and Hwy 16 due to both folks having said the gas had too much sulfur, the rig ran out of gas again on the way to the junction of Hwy 37A, the road to Hyder and Stewart! There were the spare cans of gas so no issues there even after it was discovered the gas pumps at Meziadin Junction were not working in terms of accepting credit cards.
Arrival time to Hyder around 2:00PM more or less. A check of the rates at the Sealaska Motel showed it was still closed for the season. The lady in charge said it was a bit early and most everything, to include the local campgrounds were closed.
She then said for me to just pitch a tent out back behind the motel buildings as I was just staying the night. How cool is that?
Two fellows who were there were doing a bit of UDF so a query was posed to them if they knew someone who’d let me borrow some dry floorspace to change Valencia’s fluids (yep, it’s been 2500 km already). They pointed out the house of a guy who used to be a mechanic but the bay proved to be not available. :(
However, this gentleman by the name of Tom was outside taking pictures of Valencia. He mentioned he was the maintenance man for a local building just a few blocks away and that it was OK to use the parking lot to do the fluid changes.
A rubber ground cloth (ex-army poncho) used as ground protection and about an hour later had changed out the engine, transmission and final drive oils. The FD oil looked like it had water contamination though so it was flushed out with some new oil and will probably be drained it again tomorrow night.
Maintenance done, trips were made back and forth between the towns of Stewart (Canada) and Hyder (AK), going through Canadian Customs twice but not once through US customs as there isn’t a station before the town of Hyder! The locals say there hasn’t been a US customs presence here since the 70s!
Hopefully, the weather will be clearer tomorrow so pictures can be taken of the dimly glimpsed mountains that surround Stewart and Hyder!