After the interview we packed up the bikes. This morning we were doing last minute preparations and checking and re-checking out to-do lists. Finally the bags are checked in and we are ready to fly to Prudhoe Bay!
UPDATE: Peter and Janos changed planes in Portland, OR, and spent the night at the Airport in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Fairbanks at Night: 2:00 AM.
Welcome to Alaska!
Today we filled our bear containers with enough food to last until we have the opportunity to buy some more along the road. These 7 Liter grizzly proof containers have enough food to last us about five days.
Last night we had a joint camp with our Dad, (Imre) and Andras, our brother. They are training to kayak the Yukon River this summer. They were testing their new tent as well as sleeping bags, and we were sharing some of the previous camping experiences we gained from the 2012 cross country trip. Hopefully we’ll have more of these joint camp nights. For more about Imre and Andras’ kayak trip click here.
Peter has been in a biking accident but is ok. He was training a few blocks from home when a DUI or distracted driver hit him. He hit the hood of the car and then slid on the gravel shoulder of the road. With no broken bones we consider him to have been lucky. The bike will need some repairs too.
UPDATE – April 23- This morning Peter went to the ER, his road rashes were cleaned and he got a tetanus shot
In order to make training more realistic we will sometimes need to ride up and camp in the mountains on two day training trips. This involves packing and carrying most of the gear we will be using on the trip. In this photo we are riding home after spending the night in the mountains near home
We just bought the tickets to a Prudhoe Bay Alaska! We’ll be leaving San Francisco on the evening of June 19th with our bikes boxed as checked baggage. We’ll arrive in Prudhoe Bay on the morning of the 20th. We’ll re-build our bikes, take a tour up through the oil fields to take a dip in the Arctic Ocean, buy last minute supplies and then start our journey, so that we can camp the night a little ways outside of Deadhorse, along the Dalton Highway
Here is the front and back of the cards we’ll be handing out to people before and during the trip!
After over a week of cleaning, rebuilding and replacing worn out parts, both bikes are good as new and we’re ready to start training! In 2012 we trained 2,400 miles before the 3,700 trip. This trip is a little shorter but it starts out with the Dalton Highway, a tough gravel road, and to prepare for that we need to train at least 2,000 miles before the trip. For more about the 2012 trip click here.
We got our first sponsor today! Sunshine Bicycles is giving us 15% off because of what we are doing. We got most of our spare parts there in 2012 and we’re definitely getting them there this time too.
A few minutes after midnight Janos made the decision to go through the trip. So it’s official, we are going on that adventure this summer!