Looking distinctly Alpine

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.

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What more could I ask for? How about blue skies and a bank of yellow flowers by the road? No problem:

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Or a mirror like lake for a stunning reflection? No problem:

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Or just big dramatic slopes and sweeping curves? Yep, you’ve guessed it, no problem:

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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:

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Though it was welcome after I hit this bit of gravel with too much speed and too narrow tyres:

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(You can just about make out the very erratic furrow I ploughed). But this sign was just weird:

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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:

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Gone, but not forgotten!

Cycling details:

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.

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4 thoughts on “Looking distinctly Alpine

  1. Chris Minto Jun 11, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    looks really impressive Keith – doing well. No more pain?

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    • keithd2016 Jun 11, 2016 / 8:56 pm

      Thanks for that – starting to settle into a routine now that the roads are easier going. No more pain – just the occasional ache and heavy legs when I first get going – that goes after 15-30 of riding.

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  2. keithsmum Jun 12, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Glad things are going so well – can’t believe you have cycled so far already. We’re enjoying your blogs enormously! xxx

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