The Days I Remember Best

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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Logan | August 26th, 2013

That does seem to be the case. Being impeded by weather terrain, etc makes the shortest distance days, but those are certainly the ones that contribute most to the adventure as a whole. Nice photos!

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chris | August 26th, 2013

amazing views. would love a high res version of the photos, especially the second last one with knee high water!

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pat irwin | August 27th, 2013

Another great trip, neighbor! Looking forward to your next one.

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Will | September 19th, 2013

“As far as we knew no one had previously done this route by bike and boat”...  that’s a great feeling.  Fortunately, with bikerafting, there are so many routes where you can be the first one ever to bike and paddle them.  We’ve been checking routes off the list in the southwest with Big City Bikerafts.  Great article and awesome pictures.

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Chas | October 22nd, 2013

Incredible! I saw some fat bikes in Homer this summer. How many could the there be?

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Bjørn Olson | April 15th, 2014

Sadly, I just saw the comment thread here. Thank you everyone.
Chris, feel free to contact me and here is a link to my photography blog:


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