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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ferry Godmother



Look how skinny he is! At least he remembered his rain jacket. The blue jacket is Jill, the "fan" Ed met on the road. She was riding to the ferry also, but was freezing and bundled up. A guy in a truck came upon Ed and told him there was some "Russian guy on a bike" behind them and maybe Ed should wait for the guy and ride with him, just in case.

Well, it turned out to be Jill and after the two bike nuts swapped gear lore, Jill said "I'm headed to Juneau." and Ed said, "I'm headed to Denver."

So Jill said, "Oh, you're THAT guy - I've been following your wife's blog!" Her comments are on Sunday's post.

Now that Ed's on the ferry, here's the last Map point he sent me this morning:

CLICK HERE FOR THE MAP LINK, YA BIG FREAKS

Comments straight from Ed
ON THE FERRY:
Against Ferry:
  • Cussedness of doing it as planned no matter.
  • Much of anything that ever happened in this part of the world is from plain stubborn cussedness. This almost won the day.
  • Jasper\Banff. The other end of the overland route. Problem is, with elevation, by the time I get there, same problem with snow in the passes already getting here in the north.

For Ferry:

  • Mancation is fundamentally a pleasure trip.
  • Better to board ferry of my own volition than be forced to load the bike in the back of a Mountie's vehicle or onto a Greyhound across a thousand miles of Canadian prairie.
  • Never been on Haines road or seen southeast Alaska. Road spectacular, we will see about the ferry passage.
A SHOUT-OUT
A StoLat to the Cooks of White River Yukon Territories (see "Smarty Pants" post). It was a privilege to sit by their stove. They have been in the area since 1969 and I am sure there are travelers all over the world that share this sentiment.

Among their comments:
“Need some gas?”
“I suppose your wife's new boyfriend in Denver lent you the bike.”
“Take care, there are Lions.”


ON TRIP PHASES:
It seems the trip has developed into three distinct phases:
1. Spectacle Headwinds [just completed]
2. Passage No Berth [about to begin]
3. East in the West [in development]



ON PICTURES:
If you get any at all, they will be coming from an unknown email address at the giftshoppassportphotoplacewithcopymachine. I had to pick some, print actual pictures, and now they are supposedly going to scan prints and email. I kid you not.


I’m sure there was a better way, but was in no position to argue.

I did try to group them by location or theme such as the Yukon, or Cold Enough for you, but no telling how and if you will get them, and of course you will have to make up your own captions as I was unable to attach my wiseass expert commentary. I have many more, but will have to wait for next opportunity. Raining, rain, rain, here. Will call while loitering at ferry terminal for hours this evening.

So here are some pictures, without captions, so how about this: Give us YOUR captions in the comments section.

1 comment:

49Luddite said...

Good choice, Ed! Banff/Jasper is indeed a gorgeous ride (with wide shoulders and polite traffic, no less!), but Jim and I got snow in the pass in early July, so our vote would be, um, no on late Sept/early Oct. through there. You can always do a separate trip another time. (Sorry, Tara, I know them's probably fightin' words at this point.) Happy Ferry! K&J