Today's guest blog comes from Bjorn Olson of Homer, Alaska. We hope you enjoy it. -Kid
Brent and I paddled hard for six hours into a headwind before we found a semi-dry, postage-stamp size piece of ground to pull out on. I checked the GPS; we had come four miles. Bristol Bay was not coming easy.
Ten days earlier Brent and I boarded a cargo ship out of Homer and hitched a ride with our fatbikes and packrafts. Our goal was to ride and paddle from Cook Inlet to Bristol Bay around the north shore of Lake Iliamna (Alaska’s largest lake) and down the Kvichak River (pronounced quee-jack). As far as we knew no one had previously done this route by bike and boat.
At the outset of our trip, a second generation local surveyed our equipment and flat out told us we would not be able to bike the shore of the lake. But it was too late now. The only way out was through. Over the next seven days, Brent and I rode tundra, beaches, trails, roads and, at times, in water up to the handlebars.
It is often the case, when traveling in Alaska, that the longest and hardest days yield the lowest miles. In the end, when all is over, those are the days I remember best.
About the author: Bjørn Olson is a life-long Alaskan and wilderness adventurer residing in Homer. Beyond the simple pleasure of exploring by bike, Bjørn's goal is to see and photo document as much of Alaska as possible. Due to the enormity of the state, he may need another lifetime.
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