Interesting Rain Shelter (Northway Junction, Alaska)

Oh gads – how do I find the words for this one?

 

So – we found a great little spot in the forest for lunch (smoked salmon, swiss cheese, and tomato sandwiches on whole wheat bread – mmmmm, yum!).  Just as we were packing up we felt the first raindrop.

 

Working feverishly, John and I stacked the bikes together and spread the tarp over them.  As we tied the corners in place, the heavens opened up.

 

All four of us scrambled under the tarp in any cranny we could find between three bikes and a messload of panniers.  Voices resonated with our shelter.

 

“I gotta pee!”

“Dare ya’ to head out.”

“No way!  Where’s the water bottle?”

“Anybody got any food?”

“I’ve got some broccoli over here!”

 

For forty five minutes the four of us huddled together with our bikes as rain poured down,

 

In time, John managed to get positioned on Daryl’s saddle (which just happens to an Anatomical Relief Saddle (ARS) or, in our nomenclature – ARSE.

 

“I’ve got my arse on your ARSE, Daryl” John called out.

 

Davy, who’s head nestled on John’s bum, replied, “My head’s on your arse!”

 

“And mine’s on Davy’s,” Daryl added.

 

In all my days spent touring by bike, this one was a first for me.  I’ve taken shelter from the rain in many places, including many unique locations, but never huddled under my panniers. Now we just need to figure out how to stack the bikes more efficiently so we have space for us.

 

After all the rain, the road was a mess.  The Alaska Highway is under construction in many places, which means many, many stretches of dirt road.  Now our bikes are totally covered with sand and grime from all those patches.  Even on the Dalton we never picked up this much grime.

 

Miles today: 53

Miles to date:  820

 

Waiting out the Rain

 

Daryl writes in his journal

 

 

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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One Response to Interesting Rain Shelter (Northway Junction, Alaska)

  1. Mark September 13, 2008 at 10:52 pm #

    In all my days spent touring by bike, this one was a first for me. I’ve taken shelter from the rain in many places, including many unique locations, but never huddled under my panniers. Now we just need to figure out how to stack the bikes more efficiently so we have space for us.

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