This morning I got up to the ringing of the alarm clock. I havenít heard one of those in a while! I cooked a few eggs for breakfast before riding over to the Rotary Peace Park for the Caribou Commons Walk at 10am. Coincidentally, I met up with Teri on the road. They were starting the trail half marathon when we arrived. I wasnít able to see Thomas begin because the full marathon started at 8:30am. There were snacks laid out and information on the Seattle to Washington D.C. bike/walk to raise awareness for the migrating caribou that would supposedly be affected by oil exploration in Alaskaís ANWR. The spokesman gave a little anti-Bush talk and we heard a song from a local musician. We had a nice walk on the path that loops around an around an area of the Yukon River where Whitehorse gets energy from a dike in the river. The walk was nice and scenic on a beautiful day and I had a good time talking to people and making new friends. As we came around back to Rotary Park, the marathon runners were passing us on the trail and arriving at the finish line. The Caribou walkers gathered at the snack table and had some cake while we sat in the grass and talked. I spotted Thomas who was stretching near the marathon tent area. He told me about the intense run and he turned out coming in 4th place. Not bad for a cyclist! Actually, Thomas has been in marathons before and is a big runner. I told Thomas to stop by Coryís and I would see if it was ok for him to camp there tonight. After the walk and as people began to leave, I caught up with Laurie and she mentioned she was going to go for a bike ride later on with Liz, who Iíd met at the walk. I returned to Coryís to grub out on leftovers. Cory was there and said he was going up to Grey Mountain, up to the top. I told him about my plan to go for a ride with the girls, which was near Grey Mountain. Cory left and Jeremiah showed up and we talked for a while about his fun weekend in Skagway while I changed my rear tire with my front. Laurie and Liz showed up a little while later with Lizís dog Trudy and we headed to Grey Mountain. The trails started off great. It was certainly a wake up call to my leg muscles. After only a short time, I started getting flats. There were loud sharp pops too. The girls were very cool and patient while I catched the flats. I was dumbfounded to what was happening and how to prevent it. After the 4th flat, I told them to continue without me and I walked back to the truck and waited. I noticed my rear cassette was sounding strange as I turned the wheel, like it was sticking. I was pretty bummed that Iíd have to visit the bike shop tomorrow morning before leaving town. The girls returned from their ride and we headed to long lake for a quick swim. It was another refreshing swim in the beautiful surroundings of Long Lake. Laurie and Liz dropped me off at Coryís and wished me well with the rest of my trip.
Thomas arrived shortly after I got home and pitched his tent. We talked about the easy day of cycling tomorrow since he was pretty sore from the marathon. I met up with Cory and Chantel down the street at their house sit and they told me about their day on Grey Mountain. I went back and cooked up dinner and packed up my stuff for tomorrow before going to sleep. (6 miles)