Breaking the Cycle Yukon

mar 13

#3:
Ready to head north

Publicado a las 06:24
Despacho creado desde email
Bob and I are setting off tomorrow morning, driving to Dawson City which
is about 500km north of here on the Yukon River. I thought I'd write a
quick blog while it is still easy to communicate.


From Dawson I will start my acclimatisation ride along the Dempster
Highway. We are now going to begin the main journey from Fort MacPherson
rather than Eagle Plains, 190km further north (590km from Dawson). There
is a trail being made at the moment for a dog sledding race from Old
Crow to Fort MacPherson and we hope to meet the teams on our route.


I've been doing some short rides around Whitehorse just to get used to
the new bike and check that everything is working and ready for the main
adventure. There are certainly no bike shops out there! It was fortunate
that I did that because I've found a few small issues. The rear tyre was
rubbing against the chainstay - the 13cm wide tyre was always going to
be a tight fit - and we had to trim the outside nobbles. The head tube
unit also came loose, so now it has been tightened, Loctite was used as
extra insurance.


Temperatures have remained around -15C, but dropping to -30C-ish at
night. This morning I went with local adventurer and professional
photographer, Derek Crowe, for a short ride along Wolf Creek Trail,
overlooking the Yukon River (rather different to the Wolf Creek I cycled
through a few years ago in the Kimberley region of Western Australia!).
When researching this expedition I'd connected with Derek and had a
long, very insightful conversation that helped me make my decisions, so
it was great to meet him in person. Derek has many great achievements
under his belt. In 2009 he was part of a team that made the world's
longest Arctic unsupported snow-kiting expedition, a south to north
traverse of Greenland, finishing at Thule on the north east coast.


At one point on our ride Derek pointed out the old telegraph wire draped
along the banks of the Yukon, the only communications link between the
communities that concentrated along the river. During the colonial and
goldrush eras, the region was much more populated that it is now. It
would have been the same telegraph wire that Roald Amundsen would have
used to send his message out to tell the world that he had successfully
navigated the Northwest Passage.


Derek is also a former pro-elite cyclist. He took my bike for a spin and
was very impressed. The bike however, was exposed to colder temperatures
this morning, which was fortunate because I discovered another issue -
the steering was almost rigid because the bearings have not been
winterized (with the same special grease as the hubs and bottom
bracket). It made the windy single track Derek and I followed through
the forest very tricky for me. Before Bob and I head off tomorrow, I'll
head down to the Icycle bike store and see if they can fix the problem.


Yesterday I was very fortunate to have a coffee with Devon McDiarmid, an
explorer who traversed Greenland with Derek (and Adrian Hayes) and now
works as a guide for ALE (Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions), the
company that will be arranging all the logistics for my Antarctic
expedition. There's a chance that, as long as I can find enough funding
for BTC South Pole this year, that the next time I will see Devon will
be at the South Pole, or at least at ALE's Union Glacier camp! I learned
a lot about what to expect in Antarctica; route, snow conditions,
clothing tips, etc.


It's been great to be able to meet people and get organised in
Whitehorse for the big adventure. Now I 'm am really looking forward to
getting stuck in.
  • Nombre: Whitehorse
  • Elevación: 703 m
  • Latitud: 60° 4316Norte
  • Longitud: 135° 324Oeste

Comentarios


  • Denunciar como ofensivo...
    2024-07-04 12:22:19 United Kingdom dijo: This approach is certainly visually extremely best choice. Every single one for problems stresses happen to be designated as a result of various culture competencies. You should the solution quite a lot. 美國威而鋼
  • Denunciar como ofensivo...
    2024-07-04 09:09:16 United Kingdom dijo: This sort of thing needs to happen! Simply letting the quota happen isn’t acceptable. This will help you stay above the curve. hút bể phốt giá rẻ
  • Denunciar como ofensivo...
    2024-07-01 12:47:13 cvb dijo: Once again, light color tones make the room looks bigger and brighter. We suggest you pick colors like tans, light grays and light blues for the flooring of a smaller bathroom. By applying these light colors, together with the colors on the walls, your bathroom will appear bigger and roomier. A word to you: keep the light color flooring clean. npb중계
  • Denunciar como ofensivo...
    2024-06-29 17:35:50 United Kingdom dijo: Heya i am for the primary time here. I came across this board and I to find It really helpful & it helped me out much. I’m hoping to give something back and help others like you helped me. SLOT GACOR
  • Denunciar como ofensivo...
    2024-06-27 13:22:07 United States dijo: Some of the most prestigious universities in the country include the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, and the University of the Witwatersrand. bursaries for 2025
  • Denunciar como ofensivo...
    2024-06-27 05:02:03 Home Depot Survey dijo: Due to the knowledge they have acquired, they are now able to produce new products under their own brand, improve their marketing strategies, and make more informed decisions about the operations of their business. Home Depot Survey
  • Denunciar como ofensivo...
    2024-06-26 14:59:53 United Kingdom dijo: An interesting dialogue is price comment. I feel that it is best to write more on this matter, it may not be a taboo topic however usually individuals are not enough to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers. Reprographie
  • Denunciar como ofensivo...
    2024-06-26 10:25:48 Home Depot Survey dijo: Asking them about their opinions on your company and how they would like it to be improved is the best method to ensure that your staff members are pleased. The Home Depot survey is periodically conducted by the Home Depot store as a result. Home Depot Survey
  • Denunciar como ofensivo...
    2024-06-26 08:03:28 United Kingdom dijo: I am glad you take pride in what you write. This makes you stand way out from many other writers that push poorly written content. kilo303 The writer has outdone himself this time. It is not at all enough; the website is also utmost perfect. I will never forget to visit your site again and again. istana338 Great post, you have pointed out some fantastic points , I likewise think this s a very wonderful website. target4d That appears to be excellent however i am still not too sure that I like it. At any rate will look far more into it and decide personally! exa303 Attractive, post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I have liked browsing your blog posts. After all, I will surely subscribe to your feed, and I hope you will write again soon! sultanlido All your hard work is much appreciated. Nobody can stop to admire you. Lots of appreciation. target4d Wow, excellent post. I'd like to draft like this too - taking time and real hard work to make a great article. This post has encouraged me to write some posts that I am going to write soon. istana338
  • Denunciar como ofensivo...
    2024-06-25 09:15:19 United Kingdom dijo: I was surfing net and fortunately came across this site and found very interesting stuff here. Its really fun to read. I enjoyed a lot. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. slot gacor gampang menan
  • Denunciar como ofensivo...
    2024-06-24 15:09:01 United Kingdom dijo: Slot dengan jackpot besar di Adipatislot. Jackpot besar menanti Anda! Adipati Slot
  • Ver más...



Agregar comentario


¿Desea notificar a los subscriptores de este nuevo despacho?

Si
No
Cancelar