|I awoke at 7am to the sound of trucks on the
road nearby. There had been the sound of rustling in the brush through the night, I
thought of bears but didnt really care. I was too tired to be concerned and just
- 10:20am 8.43 miles, 10.5 avg.
- I stopped at the ESSO station in the very small village of Carmacks. Bus loads of old
tourists were there wearing typical tourist clothes with bright, white, sneakers. They all
look the same after a while. I was dirty and smelly but that didnt stop them from
crowding around to question me. Many just dont understand a journey like this. They
are caught up with the consumerist world in which they exist. But I could see a bit of
envy in the eyes of a select few. Maybe they wish they would have done something like this
when they were younger, before the pressures of society forced them into their view of
normality: Steady job, family, house, cars, and a pet for the kids.
- 1:15pm 23.77 miles, 8.0 avg.
- Stopped at 5-Finger Rapids along the Yukon River. Been struggling with headwinds again
today. The locals have said that 90 percent of the time the wind blows from south to
north. So, I should have tailwinds all the way to Dawson City but that aint
happenin!! While sitting on a picnic table drinking a Coke, one of the tourists
stops to talk. Linda seemed different than the typical RV drivin tourist. She was
pleasant to talk to and wanted a photo of me with my bike. The lady at the concession
stand told me the Germans camped there last night and left at noon. She said the same
thing everybody else has said about them, they didnt want to talk and appeared
arrogant. But she said it may just be part of the German culture. Well, they were 2 days
ahead of me and now I know Im right on their butts.
- 6:20pm 51.03 miles, 8.0 mph avg.
- Its 88 degrees and very dry. My body is trained not to need very much water, so
Ive been able to go all day on 1 water bottle. I still have a headwind and the dry
heat seems to be sapping my energy. The sky is very clear with a bright sun. Walking down
to a small creek, I laid in the very cold water to get refreshed. Within minutes the dry
air sucked the water off my body and I was completely dry again.
- 7:00pm riding another 4.5 miles, I found the Minto campground. I drank 2 Cokes
and rested about an hour.
- 9:20pm 68.92 miles, 8.0mph avg.
- The road is soooo quiet!! There is no wind and the evening energy burst is kicking in.
Im beginning to love late night riding, no cars, no wind, and very quiet. All alone
on a road in the middle of the Yukon wilderness.
- 10:15 - 78.34 miles, 8.5mph avg.
- I stopped at a small village and bought a Coke and a candy bar. An older man that looks
like Brian Dennehey walks up to me and asks about my ride. It just so happens that he used
to work for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR). He told me that the ADNR
controls the road through Prudhoe Bay. I was given a contact name to apply for a special
permit so I could bike the last 5 miles to the Arctic Ocean. He said that ARCO could still
appeal it, but its worth a try. Wow, this is cool how these people cross my path!
- 10:50pm I saw a grizzly cub in the trees near the road while looking for a place
to camp. Stopping my bike, I stare at him as he stares at me. After a moment he takes off
running, probably looking for mama. I think I'll just keep going and find another
place to sleep.
- 12:00 midnight - The evening is eerily quiet and the road is desolate agian this
evening. No one out here but me. Still plenty of light so I'll just keep
- 2:00am It is now 48 degrees F. and Im getting cold and tired. I put my bike
and trailer in the ditch, then slept on the ground in my sleeping bag.
Today - 97.04 miles
Total - 5819 miles
Avg. Speed - 8.5mph