The day starts rather early for me at 4AM when I wake up to some loud howling of at least two wolfs [or coyotes] somewhere in the distance. Not quite the best lullaby to get back to sleep but after about half an hour they call it a howl and I sleep in again.
About 10AM I am back on the bike. Whith about 170km left to Tok it's quite some pedaling ahead of me today. The Wrangell range stays in the clouds and some occasional rain adds to it so I more or less put my head down to make it before darkness. At least I can rely on the fall colors to provide a nice scenery. The surrounding hills look like somebody painted them yellow.
At my second breakfast session I meet Greg from Fairbanks and we have a nice chat. He likes climbing and is currently working here during the hunting season. After 5km on the road I would see Greg again. With Joseph and another friend he stands next to the road waving for me to stop.
Early on since I am in Alaska I was trying to get my hands on some moose meat. You cannot buy it or eat it in a restaurant. It's only subsitence hunting, no commercial business. So I was always telling people that I am so sad not beeing able to try it. Joy in Valdez was the first who actually offered me some, but I would have needed to cook it and I unfortunately didn't had time before my departure [I am sooo busy... stupid!].
Now its Greg who hands me a very nice pack of cured moose salami sticks and 3 muesli bars [without moose]. I don't know what to say! Thank you so much guys. Alaska is a beautiful place but it's the people like you who make this trip such a wonderful expirience so far. Guess what I had for lunch... It was delecious! It tastes a bit like beef but is much much leaner.
With these extra moose powers in the engine I make it to Tok in my fastest daily average pace so far and well before darkness. I stay at a campground tonight because I could use a shower as well as electricity and it makes it easier to organize everything for Canada tomorrow. Unfortunately the campground neither has a shower nor a power outlet but I can sleep in a bunk bed cabin for the same price as pitching a tent and escape the rain. Fair deal!
It was hard but I left two salami sticks earlier to make my famous potatoe mash an even greater experience than usual tonight. A beer gifted by the only other guests of the campground and a nice camp fire make the evening complete.