Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bikers on the Yukon

This is going to be my last posting for the tour of Alaska. It's been fun, but I'm ready to get back to my regular posting schedule of Tuesdays and Thursdays. So I'm going to end with a very interesting story about the Yukon River in Alaska.
Isn't it a beautiful river? The Yukon has quite a history and part of its past is the story of a couple of men who road their bikes on the ice during the dead of winter in the year of 1900. Max Hirschberg was a roadhouse manager who cycled the Stampede Route for two months. And Ed Jesson, a miner, pedaled up the frozen river for over 1,000 miles. These men kept journals of their journeys, which have become part of Yukon history.

The Yukon is famous for having thick ice. Not too long ago a group took the same route used by Hirschberg and Jesson on bikes. They barely made it before the ice began to break up for spring thaw. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to get caught on it.

When the ice thaws and breaks there is always the worry of flooding should the ice jam under a bridge or something. Below is a video showing the river as it breaks up and flows. Amazing!


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