big fat larry-
Very nice! not quite my preferred weather though, Ithink I only saw one shot with sun, and full rain gear all the time.
Where did you go exactly?
Not as far as you! we didnt complete your route due to weather and an injury.
Nice pictures of tsunami debris.
Having read this I thought it was extremely informative.
I appreciatre you finding the time and energy to put this artjcle together.
I onc again find myself spending a lot of
time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it!
Hi there, the whole thing is going fine here and ofcourse every one is sharing information, that’s genuinely fine, keep up writing.
Yakutat to Dry Bay- Summer solstice- leonards Lodge was very helpful picking us up at the airport and having the lodge ready for us. After building bikes in the morning we set off I think June 21st 2012.
I would say the most difficult challenge were the Crazy gails off the ocean, brutal head winds… head down and push no way to peddle. Dangerous river had taken 2 lives a week before we arrived so we were catiuos on the crossing traveling upstream a bit. Seals swimming with us during the crossing. The views are unbelievable and the feeling of being totally independent and free are overwhelming. We ran out of water before dry bay (did not camp by water) so we were drinking water from drift wood pockets as the rain was filling every vertical void it could find. I remember being extremely thirsty and the water was clean and fresh from the driftwood. Evidence of Bears were at every turn. Chewed up shoes and plastic containers were here and there but the Japanese tsunami debree was disheartening. Most of that coast is memorizing but when you do hit pockets of trash it’s heartbreaking. Remote wilderness with beach trash… Just a classic clash of nature and culture. I saw countless Japanese water bottles, a few mini fridges, shoes, japanese cleaning products, and oils. It was rather intriguing to see how much stuff floated the pacific and landed in nomansland. With the abundance of wolf tracks and bear tracks the main wildlife constantly watching you are the bald eagles. They are everywhere on the coast, it was way cool to be around that many bald eagles. As we would approach a shredded seal, salmon or some other protein on the coast the eagles with all fly away with our arrival. No hope for dry feet. Getting a fire going proved unsuccessful (everything way to wet) the first night. After some delerium and a knee injury we called a bush pilot at dry bay. 3 of us were still solid but the knee injury took out the 4th. With One man down we all succumbed to the weather and left with him. Looking back I would Have kept going to Glacier Bay but given the circumstances we made a group decision to stick together. The weather just pounded us to our core. This was one of my favorite trips I’ve had, not just the amazing views and the incredible feelings of freedom, I had to wrestle with my ego from not finishing the route. I went back to AK in 13′ and nailed the Hope to Homer route with success. The beach riding to Homer is way better peddling. The Sand just seemed packed better on the Kenia. The lost coast sand was more sponge-ish. Both routes are amazing. After being flown to Glacier Bay we still injoyed camping and paddling in Glacier Bays inlet. Eric, Dylan and crew paved an amazing route and I hope I go back to finish it. The Lost Coast AK is one of my favorite places on Earth.
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