Since this morning I've been thinking about getting to Big Creek campsite down the road, but it's pretty far. Biking there would put us at about 100 miles for the day. The only way biking another 60 miles from our lunch spot will be feasible is with a tailwind and some nice long downhill. Lucky for us, that's exactly what the afternoon had in store.
As we eat lunch, it begins to rain and the wind really picks up. It's a tailwind!
We bike over rolling hills until we reach the Continental Divide. The Alaska Highway crosses it at one of its lowest points. We've just biked up from the Yukon watershed, which drains into the Bering Sea, and now we're about to enter the Liard watershed, which drains into the Beaufort Sea. After the divide, we start an amazing downhill. The trees are blowing over in our tailwind as we race down. I feel like they're cheering me on. Go, go! We pass Rancheria Falls Recreation Area and the run-down but still functional restaurant/motel at Rancheria, still going at high speed. A bit down the road, we meet Xavier, a touring cyclist from France who started in Vancouver and is going to Anchorage. He has an awesome recumbent bike with a dynamo hub. We exchange road information then part ways. Unfortunately our amazing downhill comes to an end, but we decide to keep pushing ourselves, sticking to our goal of reaching the campsite. We must pedal over some steep and buggy hills, but we make it! Our longest day yet! Legs are sore, but spirits are high.
Danny's odometer: 100.01 miles. The mileage upon arrival read 99.6, so he rode around the campsite until reaching 100.