After sleeping on the floor of the tent, I am quite
stiff. Believe it or not though, I slept in late. I got up eventually,
packed up camp, and headed for Pro Sports to get an inner tube for the front
tire. I also got a balaclava to keep my bald head warm, and some shin / knee
guards for the ride to Deadhorse tomorrow. Then I had to run to Sears to get
a 45 Torx bit to remove the front brakes should I need to take the wheel
off. Then to Wal-mart for a 1 gallon gas can, bungee, bug spray, water,
cereal bars, etc…
I finally headed out of town at 12:00. The
scenery today was every bit as fantastic as the rest of the trip. The roads
were better, the scenic view points were better, the camera battery however,
was not. Wouldn’t you know it, before when I wanted to take a picture, I
couldn’t due to the highway, now I can but the battery is dead. Oh well,
such is life. At least I will be traveling this same road back to
to pick up my gear. I did get to see 3 moose and a rabbit today.
Speaking of moose, there are signs
everywhere warning you of the moose (mooses, meese, moose?). There’s even a
sign in Anchorage that says how many moose have been
killed by drivers this year, the total so far was 261.
I stopped at
State Park and took some pics of the
South Summit of Mt. McKinley. The North
Summit was clouded over. Then I did the marathon run to Fairbanks. I copped out
and got a hotel room tonight. I did some laundry, had some pizza, watched
some TV, and now it’s time for bed.
Oh yeah, you have to have a room key to use
the elevator in this hotel. As this is the case, the pizza can not be
delivered to your room, they have to call your room and you come down and
get it. When I got my call I met a guy in the elevator. We chatted for a
quick second or two and I found out he was a BMW rider on his way to
Deadhorse in the morning, same as me! His name was Jason. He and his buddy,
Scott, are from Anchorage and I agreed to ride with them on
the Haul Road
as there is usually safety in numbers.
Then I ate my pizza, watched some TV, and
went to bed.