There have been no shortage of goals. With two units of distance (Yay, 1000km!. Yay, 1000miles!), towns (yay Coldfoot! Yay, Fairbanks!), administrative boundaries (Yay, Canada! Yay BC!), mile/km posts (Yay, another 100 done!) and daily totals (Yay, reached daily average! Yay, 100km done!). But Sunday saw two big milestones for this trip:
* End of stage two. (Delta to Teslin). Not just that, but in 10 days (including two lower milage days) of more consistent cycling (stage 1, Deadhorse to Delta, took 14 days!)
* My average distance per day (including rest days) is now over my planning estimate of 50 miles (80km) per day (1935km in 24 days).
The all metal bridge at Teslin – vehicle tyres make a ghostly howl when driving over it:
And being able to see the river through the bridge was a bit weird!
I’ve been lucky with the weather (very little rain) and since the Dalton highway, the roads have been reasonably good, with no really hilly days, and I’m sure I’ve had more tailwinds than headwinds. Here’s hoping my luck and progress continues for the next 22 stages!
Finally, something for any geologists reading this. Coming up from a river crossing the road cut through some really soft rock – sort of like dry clay, or packed very fine sand. But it is obviously solid enough to be left by the road engineers as a vertical surface. I could wear it down with my thumb, and it looks a bit like limestone in that it dissolves and redeposits with rain!
Any idea what this is?
June 12th – 120 km to Teslin. Started at 09:30, got to Teslin 9 hours later with 2 stops for sticky cake. Mix of headwinds and tailwinds, more stealth climbing (down hills not quite as big as uphills!)