Today is packing day. I leave for Anchorage tomorrow. Jim Jr. took my bike in a box to "The Bike Shop" in Anchorage. They unpacked it, put it back together and cleaned it up and tuned it up. They put a new chain on, new brake pads, and cable housings. The cables looked good. I also got an extra master link for the chain and two extra sets of brake pads. I don't know why the extra brake pads but it sounded like a good idea. All for $170.00. Saturday I get to ride it and see how they did. Now I have to talk to someone about a chain lubricant. I have been using "White Lighting" but I get a wax build on the chain and sprockets that doesn't look good to me. So back to the bike shop. Tomorrow is travel day.
WHAT AM I DOING?
I must say that this is an adventure. I came to Alaska to ride my bike and I am building a deck. The new adventure begins on June 3. I will ride to Girdwood, Alaska,which is about 36 miles from Anchorage. On June 4 I will ride to Whittier, Alaska, which is about 24 miles from Girdwood. At Whittier I have to wait for Jim Jr. to drive me through the tunnel. There is only one road into Whittier and it goes through a tunnel. No bikes, no walking through the tunnel. In Whittier I will catch the ferry to Bellingham, Washington. I will spend five nights on the ferry between Whittier and Bellingham. From Bellingham I plan to ride my bike to Saint Paul, Minnesota. I will take a route mapped out by Adventure Cycling Association and I will use their maps. On my travels I will update this blog whenever possible. Feel free to follow along and post a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org