Today, I cycled across the border from Alaska to Canada, and officially entered my second country during the bike tour from Alaska to Argentina.
Cycling to the Canadian Border
It rained a lot through the night, but thankfully it had stopped by the time that I got going. I spent the last of my US small change on snacks for the road, (more spam singles) and got underway. The initial few miles was really good going, and I was feeling strong despite the number of hill climbs. Then, inexplicably from nowhere, my knee went from fine to completely unusable – ie it wouldn't bend at all. I honestly thought I was in real trouble at that point.
So, it was on with the knee strap, and down with five ibuprofen. Now, I know that it suggests you should only take one or two every six hours, but I figured that's based on a small adult. And a small adult is basically a midget, right? As I am three or four times the size of the smallest midget, five ibuprofen seemed the sensible amount to take.
Getting the knee together
After a bit of walking and resting, it seemed to sort itself out enough for me to bend it adequately to cycle, so I continued. Strangely, at the end of my cycling day, there was no pain there at all, and the knee was fine again.
Anyhow, it was a strange day, as there was a tremendous amount of mist around. This was partly cloud (I was pretty high up), partly the smog from the forest fires, and partly the rain from the night before evaporating in the heat. Which was a shame, because I bet there would have been some stunning views on offer. As it was, I was treated to a landscape that looked almost prehistoric, as the rain had created swamps and lakes amongst bent trees with almost no branches, whilst mist swirled around.
Crossing from Alaska to Canada on bike
I reached the Canadian border, and I asked them to take my US green slip. Theoretically, this means that when I come to re-enter the US, I will be given a new 90 day slip, which will give me more than enough time to reach the Mexican border.
So, that's my cycling journey in Alaska over. It's Canada now! Starting from the next day, I am determined to embark on a few weeks of ultra budget spending, and will try to spend 10 dollars or less a day on the bike tour.