Vancouver was great, of course the air freight people had lost Thelma - apparently the pilot had taken one look at her and said she couldnīt go on his plane - and no I am not joking. After many phone calls across the Atlantic, in between getting up at 3.00am to watch the World cup football matches... she arrived 48 hours late which wasnīt too bad.
I just missed Grant and Susan when I popped round to see them - maybe another time, another continent you two.
I set off pretty quickly and rode almost non-stop up to Anchorage - 2500 miles away, I had to get there to meet Siobhan off her flight from England. Siobhan rode her Africa Twin to Australia a couple of years ago and now lives near me in Cornwall, where we re-live our travel stories, no doubt boring everyone around us in the meantime.
The ride through British Columbia and the Yukon was beautiful, though it did rain every day. I saw my first bear 36 hours after leaving Vancouver at which point I decided I had better stop rough camping on my own. It was the start of quite a few bear sightings and each time I got more scared.
The Cassiar Highway (BC) was a particularly memorable road - quite a lot of dirt track and with some terrifying metal grid bridges which just make you feel out of control. After the last one I found out that you are supposed to ride fast across them... of course I had been going slowly and cautiuously.
I reached the airport two hours before Siobhanīs flight was due in - not bad considering the distance I had covered.
Luckily I have friends who live in Anchorage and we stayed with them as it is quite an expensive place to stay.
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