Fin: Biking in the land of our neighbors to the North

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Kluane National Park Reserve, Yukon

“Early successes, Creation’s pampered favorites, mountain ranges, peaks growing red in the dawn of all beginning, — pollen of the flowering godhead, joints of pure light, corridors, stairways, thrones, space formed from essence, shields made of ecstasy, storms of emotion whirled into rapture, and suddenly alone; mirrors which scoop up the beauty  that has streamed from their face and gather it back, into themselves, entire.”

-From the second of Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Mitchell

Our bike tour started on August 5th in Fairbanks, and we ended the biking part on September 8th in Lake Louise, Banff National Park. Jacob’s folks were agreeable to a road trip and generously met us in Lake Louise where we began a more pampered version of the tour of the Rockies in the North. This portion involved an Airstream with ammenities like a gas stove, toilet, shower. We did more walking than biking and spent some time in Jasper, Banff, Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks.

It turns out I am not very good at processing while riding.  In reflection, the bike trip was grand. In practice, there were internal peaks and valleys that didn’t always align with the external. Thus is the essence of an adventure. It still feels important to challenge comfort zones, adventure, and explore with my best friend. It is a privilege and a gift.

We rode roughly 1800 miles. While on a road we encountered Bison, Bear, Moose, Caribou, Stone Sheep, Elk, Pika, Marmot, Red Fox, Bobcat, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Trumpeter Swan, Boreal and Mountain Chickadee, Gray Jay, and many humans. There are many individuals I am forgetting.

Alas, I’ll keep the word portion short, and share photos in a series of posts. Cheers and I hope all is well with you!

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