Living the Dream
Well it’s Day 2 of my stay in Anchorage and tomorrow afternoon I will be boarding a plane and headed North to Deadhorse Airport where I will be beginning my grand journey South.
So far, it has been a great stay in Anchorage thanks to my two gracious hosts, Hannah and Kevin. It has been a relaxing couple days of beer tastings, last minute purchases and various other last minute errands.
The past few days have been very interesting, beginning with a mad dash through the Central Valley of California during which my housemate Katie and I, in the span of 3 hours, managed to:
1. Wake up and depart the Yosemite area by 7 AM
2. Arrive in Merced only to find out the Greyhound station I was planning on using to get to San Diego was closed.
3. Make a mad dash to Modesto, 50 miles away. Drive around town trying to find a box big enough to package my touring bike and gear in.
4. Catch the bus with minutes to spare.
Then it was a nice stay in San Diego with my uncle and mother and seeing a good friend.
Then it was time for an early AM flight from San Diego to Anchorage where I have spent the past two days relaxing before my journey North.
For those interested, here is a quick shot at my gear and food provisions for the first 10-12 days of my trip.
Before leaving Anchorage though, I HAD to do something fun. After all, all work and no play makes Andy very sad. Luckily Kevin and Hannah each have an Alpacka Packraft so Kevin and I took a little float down Campbell Creek in Anchorage. Nothing crazy at all, but I am now a total convert to the doors that have been opened in wilderness exploration thanks to packrafts!
At this point I’m mentally and logistically prepared to embark. It is now time for the final bit of exhausting but neccesary travel before my trip begins.
I will be out of communication with everyone for the next 2 weeks so my next update will come from Fairbanks once I arrive there. There will be an exciting update coming soon.
For now I shall finish my beer, think through a few more logistical items, then sleep.
adios for now.
p.s. Anyone wanna guess how many bears I will see in the next 10-12 days? I’m guessing 4.