After the roadworks, and a very wordy blog update, here’s an update that should be easier on the eye. I’m going through the very spectacular valley formed by the Denali fault line. A relatively flat valley with mountains of Scottish Proportions on the left, and Alpine like peaks (hanging glaciers and all that sort of thing) on the right.
What more could I ask for? How about blue skies and a bank of yellow flowers by the road? No problem:
Or a mirror like lake for a stunning reflection? No problem:
Or just big dramatic slopes and sweeping curves? Yep, you’ve guessed it, no problem:
The Canadians have some curious signs – like this one that is the first time ever I’ve seen an official sign urging you to go faster:
Though it was welcome after I hit this bit of gravel with too much speed and too narrow tyres:
(You can just about make out the very erratic furrow I ploughed). But this sign was just weird:
It was like “there’s something to the right, but even though I’m a sign, I’m not going to tell you any more than that”
I mentioned that there were payphones in Canada – this makes calling home much easier because you are not blocking up someone’s line. All the payphones so far have a logo that some of you may recognise:
Gone, but not forgotten!
June 8th – 110km (70 miles) to km point 1650. Started at 11am, legs a bit tired after the battering on the road works. Trees by the road in Canada are cut back further (fire break?) than Alaska – this gives a better, more open, view. The headwind before lunch (2pm) became a tailwind after. Stopped again at Destruction Bay (4pm) – great cakes & pie. Rode on for another 1.5 hours to clock up the 110km.
June 9th – 110km (70 miles) to km point 1540. Yes, going for consistency – leaving 120km (75 miles) to get to Whitehorse tomorrow! Started at 11:30, uphill, then undulating, into a headwind for 2 hours. Then huge descent to Hains Junction. Eat loads at the Bakery, then another 3 hours riding, but with a tailwind now 🙂
Had a very welcome shower at the Otter Cut Truckers Stop. Cycled on and reached the 110km by 21:30.