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    In Banff, AB Dwagenheim's Avatar
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    Pavement Ahead! 7.7.02 & 7.8.02

    I finally got my package that I'd been waiting for. The last couple of days I have been getting my stuff together for some more riding. I plan to take off tomorrow. I'll be trying to hit up the bike store for a chain whip and some extra spokes before I leave as well.
    Yesterday the sun came out and brightened up Fairbanks in a way that one possibly couldn't remain inside. Gideon and I went out in the parking lot and threw around the frisbee. I chatted with some young guys from Beaver Sports who were out in the parking lot with their bikes doing Free Riding stunts on just about anything they could hop on. I asked them about this unique style of mountainbiking, as it was pretty cool to watch. I don't think I could subject my bike to that much punishment however. They informed me that this hobby can get pretty expensive since you tend to bang up important parts of your bike when you don't quite get the bike up high enough, miss some railing and fall, or lose balance and crash.

    Last night (7.7) I had some interesting conversations with some other hostel folk. Bob, a 61 year old from St. Louis has lots to share about his travels. He was here visiting his daughter who seemed to be planting her roots down here in Fairbanks, at least for the summer. Conan, not exactly a guest at the hostel, but a regular downstairs at the Marlin came by and we chatted about the idea of managing a hostel. He is a very interesting guy and has worked a variety of odd jobs around here to get by. He even pissed himself for some UK dudes to earn a little cash to start paying off his bar tab.
    I started to get the idea that many young people come up here to Alaska to be in an environment where people are very giving and it is pretty easy to find a couch to crash on somewhere. These parts of Alaska seem to be overall hospitable (at least in the summer) and full of kind and welcoming people from all walks of life. The people around here are just as unique as this great and vast land, and this to me seems to be part of the charm of Alaska.

    I got a few more things from the grocery store as I am starting to figure out my food needs on the road. Tuna is ok, as long as I can dress it up with mayo and other spices, mac and cheese, dehydrated soups work well, and I like granola bars and an occasional expensive clif bar to fill in as snacks in between.
    I am really looking forward to hitting pavement on this next stretch to Tok. It will be nice having some smooth road to get the legs back in gear after so many days of rest. From what I hear, its relatively flat as well.
    It shouldn't be too hard saying goodbye to Fairbanks. I've spent more time here than I wanted, but got much accomplished. Now I am ready for the road ahead! (8 miles)

    Peace

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    Dave I am in the middle of reading your posts. All I can say is both you and I have been having our share of mechanical problems lately .I did a Keys tour over the 4th weekend and had to bus back from Miami Bch.Good luck and I look foward to your continued reports. Carl

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    One good thing about these breakdowns though, we certainly become more educated about our bikes afterwards! I figure I'll be a mechanical pro by the time this is all over!

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    And a cycling pro as well .Those reports of the mtn climbing have me envious as I miss the mtns. Carl

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    What, no pics? Those rolling hills look very impressive from a Floridian standpoint. I remember how you were pretty nerveous about them before you left. Still nerveous?

    What you say about the giving nature of the people makes me want to check out some old episodes of Northern Exposure. It seems to me that in country as rugged and wild as AK, people really need to know they can rely on the kindness of neighbors and strangers.
    Picture yourself on a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies...

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    We experienced the same phenonena on our Fl tour in the smaller towns.In particular in Arcadia we were amazed at how open and friendly everyone was.

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    I am currently up to date on all my photo postings Ocean. Since I have just been chilling out in Fairbanks since the 3rd, I haven't really seen much worth photographing. I haven't been doing all that much cycling either. Saving it all for the next couple days when I head to Tok.
    As for the people here, it is quite a phenomenon. Its quite obvious to me and probably to anyone else who has spent time on the East coast where some people are afraid to look you in the eye much less strike up a conversation, and forget about them opening up their house to ya! Of course, there are exceptions, don't get me wrong. I just notice an attitude here that I haven't experienced anywhere else.
    I think though, there are some people who come here to take advantage of the giving nature of people around here. That is unfortunate.

    I guess here, there is just plenty of room to be any way you want to be. And to me, thats the part of the beauty.

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    I went to the bike shop and got some extra spokes. I looked into getting a chain whip but they cost 35 bucks! And I didn't realize how large and heavy they were! Well, maybe I did, a while back, and thats why I decided to go without one.
    So I didn't purchase the chain whip. I dunno. I may run into the same problem again, I may not. But I can't justify that kind of cost and weight. My new rim and beefier spokes should hold up through some of the remote parts of Yukon and BC. Then, when I get to the US, having these tools shouldn't be much of an issue as I'll be near more bike shops.

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