A Very Overdue UPDATE!!!!!
Finally…...It`s been a long drive NORTH:
We started off in Flagstaff Arizona over 6 weeks ago. We have zig zagged through the US hitting all the great riding places and managing a few short runs and packrafts. We cruised into Canada on the best day of the year, Canada Day :) driving straight to Squamish to hit some serious trails. The mountain biking in Canada is the best riding i have ever done.
I remember riding in Whistler 2 years ago when i first set of on this trip never knowing where it would lead. Riding in British Colombia is STEEEEEP but man oh man its fun. We barely got through before some serious fires broke out behind us. I hope it is all under control now. This took me into the Yukon….
I don’t even know how to describe the Yukon. It’s BIG like really BIG. So much open space and beautiful countryside.
A potential place to revisit for sure and perhaps one day lay down some roots, all be it fiborous ones hahaha. We also paddled in the mighty Yukon river another thing I would like to revisit.
We had a very close encounter with a black bear cub. It was standing looking at us from about 5-6 metres away. We were on bikes and came to a sudden stop when we spotted it. After a quick survey of the surrounding area and not spotting mumma bear we continued on :)
Then it was into my dream destination of AK. Again not sure how to describe this part of the trip. All of a sudden it was Glaciers followed by Moose followed by Bears hahaha. The moose in AK are enormous. I have been told many times be more scared of them than bears hahaha. So we have seen about 17 bears now including 3 grizzly bears. About 5 moose plenty of eagles and other birds.
Follow the link for a detailed map of the drive :)
We drove into Palmer to visit a good friend of mine that I met while riding the Great divide all of those years ago. We got our first taste of what Alaskan mountains and backcountry can be like
Since then we have hit the glacier fed rivers at the literal end of the road in McCarthy. Another place I hope to revisit as a potential place to lay those fiborous roots ;) Stunning place to spend a few days taking white water rafting lessons in .5c temp water thank god I hired that dry suit :)
I am currently in Valdez ( google it ) another amazing mountainous town of about 4000 people so a large town compared to most. This is a quick update and I will do a more thorough one on a few areas soon :)
Keep chasing the DREAM.......
I am an ultra runner, Mountain biker, Packrafter, Climber, Ironman, Endurance Athlete