Smile – Nat King-Cole

It’s been a bit like sitting in the cockpit waiting for take-off clearance during the air traffic control disruptions:  Looking at the dials and nothing is moving! After another long slog over a shorter 28 mile distance (and Pat had said it would be slow) she sort of appeared to get to Pelly Farm but…

Barcelona! – Freddy Mercury

So it was tough, the 77 miles Braeburn to Carmacks, really tough. The skidoos weren’t allowed to do it; the Crest Dog teams went by road for this section –  but the athletes?  They dug deep and went for it, hour after hour,  after hour. I don’t think those of us who have not actually…

“It’s been Hard Day’s Night” – The Beatles

There’s usually an easy way and a hard way to do things. This is the Braeburn Check point in the summer and the Yukon Highway direct to Dawson City.  At say 60 mph, that would be the easy way. Of course you could wait until its the coldest time of the year and pass over…

Now you see me, now you don’t

  Because Pat was very tired, she decided to go easy and start at the back. The early conditions favoured the bikers so before long she was up near the front. Then she appeared to stop at mile 54, just short of the Check point at Dog Grave Lake. And that was it for the…

Well, you’re right, I’m left, she’s gone. -Elvis Prestley

So it’s my job to keep Pat’s friends and those studying crazy people, up to date as to her progress. In previous years,  I forgot what updates I told to whom and I forgot to tell some people altogether. My temporary adding to her Blog is meant to correct my failings! Except I don’t really…

13 hours to race start and counting

Icycle were brilliant today. They replaced the damaged clip with a much better one, sorted my pogies to make them more wind proof and gave me some rubber gloves as a last resort vapour barrier for hands. And charged nothing. Romans 8:28 again – All things work together for good for those who love the…

The day before the race – and I have a ‘stopper’

Finally collected the bike from Icycle after many trips there. Last night I realised the gear lever wasn’t clearing the handlebars and tried to move it and ruined the threads – so it’s currently hanging off! So I need to go to Icycle again as soon as they open at 1000. But we have a…

Arrived in Whitehorse …. including bike and bags!

Much to my surprise (and an answer to prayer) both bags and the bike box arrived at the airport on the same flight as me and with only minor damage. This is the view from my hotel window – it’s now snowing but it’s so warm. Probably colder in the UK right now. Today I’ve…

And finally – the race report

Thankfully all the swelling is going down and I’m starting to feel my body belongs to me again. I’m more or less on the right continent. Still craving chocolate and cake though. Race report is done – sorry it’s so long but it was a long race. I can’t say thank you enough for all…

It’s over ….

The race is over. Sometime before dawn last Thursday morning I crossed the finish line. More or less intact physically, holding steady mentally and glowing spiritually. An amazing experience with an incredible God in a magnificent place. Race report to follow. Thanks to all who have prayed for me, supported me, befriended me and kept…