Sunday, 1 July 2012

Day 2, 30 June, on the road from Iillooet to Prince George 510km

Our drivers pack up the bikes.

On an early morning walk I saw this nephrite jade display. Lillooet is the world's largest producer of jade also known here as greenstone. It is the official gemstone for British Columbia. It was treasured by the indigenous people and first exported to China by Chinese gold miners in the 1850's. It continues to be exported to China and is the source of most greenstone souvenirs in New Zealand.

Lillooet is set high in the hills and the Fraser river dominates the town.

Most power poles are wooden, some braced with metals cross bars. Only the main transmission pylons were metal.

As we descended the grass became greener and the were 'painted' hillsides.

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