Thursday, January 17, 2013

Alaskan Cyclists

A couple of weeks back my brother in law came out on a Thursday night ride. The weather that night was some of the worst I have been out on. The rain was coming down and it was just warm enough to keep it from snowing. I appologized to my brother in law for it being so lame. He told me the weather is what it is. You just deal with it and move on with your life. Part of this attitude might come from the fact that he lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. When he wants to ride in the winter he knows it will be cold. That doesn't keep him inside.

I came across this article today about other hearty souls crossing that state on bicycles early in the last century. It is an impressive, and for me, a little known history of that state. I will admit to being a bit incredulous about the practicality of these machines. Still, I am continually impressed by the ability of people to endure and triumph.

The more I read, the more I realize that cycling is not a new fad. People have gone farther and faster on a bike long before I would have expected. Their stories are worth a little bit of reading into.


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