During the summer of 1985 I flew to Anchorage, Alaska and rode my bicycle from there to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I passed through the Yukon Territories, then through British Columbia via the Cassiar Highway. I continued down the coast through Washington, Oregon, and northern California before cutting through Yosemite to Nevada, Utah, Arizona and finally New Mexico. I started out in the snow and finished in the heat of the desert, quite a contrast! It was a long way to go in one summer (2 months) so I didn’t really have a lot of time to stop and smell the roses. I was amazed by the wilderness in Alaska and the Yukon Territories. I went a few days without seeing even a dwelling let alone a store. I had to take extra precautions with the bears; there were lots of them. I actually saw more bears than rattlesnakes! Riding through the Southwest in the heat of the summer should only be done by those who can tolerate mind-numbing heat.