Alaska is all on one time zone. Well, except for the far-out-there, Aleutian Islands. So when I traveled to Haines Junction for the start of the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay, the time was set ahead one hour. Okay, not so crazy. But the bike race goes through the Yukon, some of British Columbia, and ends up in Haines, Alaska. Thus, because it is part of Alaska, the time is set back again one hour. But wait! We just went even farther east then where we started, yet the time still goes back? One other crazy side affect of living in the big state.
The racing went well though. I did the two-man relay on the 150-mile race, with Will Coleman as my teammate. Wyatt Mayo also did the two-man race, so he and I battled and attacked the pack on the first half of the race. Then Will hammered the second half of the race to grab the second place title for us, behind another Fairbanks team.
After the race, Wyatt and I, (along with my family), decided to become true Alaskans and hike the Chilkoot Trail. This is the trail where hundreds of men carried their goods up and over the pass that leads to the gold fields in the Klondike and Alaska. The total trip was about 33 miles, and it never rained! Now that is truly crazy!