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First Post!

posted Jun 2, 2009, 8:19 AM by Paul Gareau   [ updated Jun 2, 2009, 11:36 AM ]
Hi all! I finished moving out of my apartment yesterday, and I'll be staying at my Mom's until my flight on the 14th. I managed to fill a 10x10 ft storage unit from the floor to about eye level, and I still have some stuff left over. It's hard to believe it all came from my small apartment. So, what's next? I still have some small things to sell, I need to finish getting my vaccinations and my malaria prescription, I have to sort through my clothes and figure out what to donate, and my bike needs some last minute tuning. As far as training goes, I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life. Last week I did a 66 mile ride at 19mph with a local bike club, I ran a 5 mile road race in Boston, and on Saturday I swam about 2 miles in a nearby lake. I've had no knee problems, and my resting heart rate is hovering around 48bpm. I'm ready to go!
For those of you who don't know, I'll be flying to Fairbanks Alaska, and cycling East for two weeks before meeting up with Chris in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. From there we'll either hitch rides or take a shuttle up to Inuvik, and start riding South from there. So far we have a rough route for our journey and we plan to keep it that way to keep our options open. The more remote stretches take a little more planning though, and I've been working on the first few weeks of our trip. For my first two weeks in Alaska, it looks like I'll be doing pretty short days, which is fine with me. Once we get on the Dempster highway in Northwest Territories and Yukon Territory, we'll have some long and short days. It's hard to get consistent daily milages in such remote areas when campgrounds and rivers are spaced so randomly. It also looks like there are no places to buy food on the Dempster, except at the beginning and end. Instead of carrying nearly two weeks worth of food, we'll probably buy everything we need in Dawson, and drop half of it off at a roadhouse that's roughly in the middle of the Dempster highway.
That's enough for now - stay tuned for more!