Hello Everyone. i told you I was changing my plans and they are coming together quite nicely. Yesterday, i rode on through Tok from Whitehorse and onto Fairbanks. This gives me an extra day in Fairbanks. So today I am am riding the bike up to the Arctic Circle, maybe even on to Coldfoot if I have the time. Then it’s back to my hotel in Fairbanks tonight.
Tomorrow i will pick up the Ford Escape from Arctic Outfitters and head towards Deadhorse. I’m still trying to adjust scheduling a bit on the Deadhorse run making it at least three days, rather than four.
Yesterday, a mostly uneventful ride except that about 20 miles from Fairbanks, I think i drom through someone’s bear spray. Not really sure what else it could have been. But I was on the highway, passing through an area of campers and such, at about 65 – 70 mph. Suddenly my lips began to burn. Then my eyes began to burn, then water, profusely. I soon found myself nearly unable to keep my eyes open. There were no turnoffs along the road so I tried to continue on to find one. But I could not. With eye site getting to the point where I could only squint out of my eyes, one at a time, I had to pull over.
So I pulled over as far onto the shoulder of the road as possible and got off the bike. Found a towel, wiped my face and eyes, then took a second towel and soaked it with water from my water bottle and washed my face and eyes out. Soon i could see just fine, lip burning began to subside, and my eyes stopped watering. All seemed good again.
So i put everything away and headed off on my merry way towards Fairbanks. No more problems. As i rode along i tried to analyse the situation. I was driving into the wind, passing through an area where there are known bears, and people camping and such. Hmmm? Maybe a bear was a bit too friendly.
I hed the bed and 12:20 AM this morning, and it was still daylight out. I shot a video to show the light but when i was done, and back in my room, I realized I had my video camera set to take a picture not video. So that didn’t work so well. I laughed along with the desk clerk and another patron of the hotel who was trying to get her beer bottle open.
Two , no make it three counting both the guy and the lady behind the desk and the lady with beer, were trying to open a bottle of beer with the most strange opener i have ever seen. We were all laughing at my shooting a video in the “picture” mode and the fact that it seemed i was the one who needed the beer. So I asked them let me have a go at it. I popped the bottle right open with the opener, but using it completely differently that they had been doing.
They asked if i had used such an opener before. I said no, but am staying at a Holiday Inn tonight. They had a funny look on their faces, then at the same time all three of them remembered the Holiday Inn commercials and then we all had a big laugh.
Sorry if some of you don’t get the joke. But it was funny. So off I go to the Arctic Circle. Hope to have pics and an update tonight.