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Old 08-21-02, 09:44 PM   #1
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8.7.02 Teslin, Yukon

About 11pm, I was woken up by raindrops. I quickly exited my tent and attached my rainfly. Back to sleep. 3am, I am woken by moisture in the tent, too much. My rainfly was leaking at the roof and my tent floor was also wet. The rain was getting under the tent floor from the outside on the tarp I had layed down below the tent. Luckily I had my paktowl and wiped up as much as I could. Eventually, I had to get out and put the tarp on top of the tent to prevent any more leaks from above. I am very unhappy with my tent! Maybe I'll pick up a larger tarp in Watson Lake to protect me from the rain. So I tried to outsleep the rain, hoping I'd wake up to a drier morning, but no luck. Thomas was ready before me so he rode on ahead while I packed up a wet tent. I spotted Thomas' bike about 5 miles down the road at Mukluk Annie's Salmon Bake. We had an all you can eat breakfast and filled up on coffee. I dried my tent and wet clothes that had been set out to dry overnight in the laundromat. By the time we were ready for more, the rain had stopped and it was just a bit cool and cloudy. Another 7 or so miles down the road we reached Teslin, a small town by the Teslin Lake. On our way into town, I was chased by a dog for a few meters before it turned around. I signaled to Thomas behind me and when the dog ran up to him, he sprayed it with pepper spray. I laughed. We had talked earlier about his encounters with dogs while running and he doesn't hesitate to give them the pepper if necessary. It is certainly not worth the risk of getting bit. After my close call, I decided it would be smart to make my pepper spray more accessible. I got some bread at the grocery store and some yogurt and chocolate milk for a snack. We stopped at the library for a little internet action before moving on. Just outside Teslin, we crossed the Teslin River and then had a long 2 km incline. For the first time I experienced numbness in my groin area and it wasn't fun. It must have been the way I was sitting for the incline. Throughout the upcoming miles we faced more headwinds and rain. We took a break at Morely River Lodge as the rain came down pretty good. It wasn't a torrential downpour, but it was enough to make it hard to get back out there and continue cycling. But we did, and luckily, we were soon out of the rain. We crossed the border into British Columbia and found a campsite near a rest stop to pitch our tents and cook dinner. Rain was off and on and the mosquitoes were simply on as we cooked our meals and quickly got inside our tents. I hope to have a more comfortable and drier night than last night. (44 miles)


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