Wednesday, March 12, 2008

On the coast, then Home

I'm at the school in Unalakleet, Alaska. I am healthy, happy, and as alive as I've ever been. I'm also headed home in the morning.

This trip has been life changing, life affirming, and 62 other catchy buzzwords that I'm too punch-drunk to remember right now. But it is most assuredly over.

A million thanks and much debt owed to Scott Morris for his tireless monitoring of what I assume he must refer to as 'that infernal beep' coming in. Really looking forward to having the time and energy to read back through it all. Scott, I'll send you the full .gpx as soon as I'm able.

Pretty amazing trip. It would have been 'complete' from a proof-of-concept perspective at McGrath, but I was having too much fun to stop. I could have called it complete from a gear-testing perspective as of Ruby, but I still wanted more. It *was* complete from a human-performance testing perspective when I camped last night W of Old Woman Mountain. Just tickled at the outcome of all, and the hiccups are teeny and pretty easily fixed. Nome would have been nice, but... So many details, so many stories to share. Shot hundreds of pics and even a few minutes of video--can't wait to see it all and share it too...

More details when I'm able.




  1. Mike!

    Great to hear from you. Can't wait to hear about it first hand, though Scott has done an excellent job of keeping us up to date.

    Congratulations on another amazing journey.

  2. Congrats on having a good time there Mike! Will look forward to the vicarious experience via your photos and prose.

  3. Can't wait to hear the full story. It ought to be a good one.

    A St. G trip is in order.


  4. way to go mike.I thought of you every time I went out for winter rides.Cant wait to red stories

  5. Thanks from myself to Scott for hoding down the fort and giving us a peep at what Mike was going through. Excellent job, Scott! I enjoyed it very much.

    Good to hear Mike is okay and thet the trip was a success. The visuals should be stunning, as always and the words I'm sure will be great as well. Looking forward to it.

  6. Congrats. I'm glad you're well. Sounds like you had a good time. I'm looking forward to the big writeup.

    Bob TWB

  7. The suspense is killing me! Can't wait to hear all about it and see some great pictures of the Arctic!

  8. Always amazed and awed by you and your accomplishments & adventures.

    Can't wait to hear all about em.

    Safe travels home.

    - Paul @ DT

  9. Congrats Mike ... looking forward to reading many more details of your adventure (and seeing the pix too)

  10. truly inspirational, in this sanitised world there's little left to stimulate the imagination and inspire awe but you've done just that, welldone

  11. I met Scott on the GDMBR and learned about you and some of your accomplishments through him. Definitely looking forward to hearing your account of this one. Safe travels home.

  12. Yee Haa, I was just riding my 27 poounder the other night on snow, and was thinking how slow it felt...was yours even 3x's this weight by trip end? Happy to hear things went so well.

  13. Way cool!

    Can't wait to hear the rest of the story and see the pics....

    I still can't fathom riding that long in the snow...

  14. Glad you made it. Just amazing feat you did. Good luck next years big test.

    Pete @ NoTubes

  15. Hi Mike,

    Congrats on the successful completion of what must have been an amazing trip. I was bummed I didn't spend more time in McGrath after you arrived. I don't know if you could tell, but I didn't actually realize who you were until after I left. So many Ultrasport skiers and runners had trickled in overnight that I assumed you were one of them. Only later, when I thought about your phrase "The future is uncertain" did I put it together ... that must have been Mike. First time I'd seen you without all your gear on.

    But it was great to meet you even if few words were exchanged. I imagine I'd only have had a million annoying questions to ply you with had I not jetted off to Anchorage right then. I'll never understand how you hauled that machine out of the Happy River steps, let alone over Rainy Pass, let alone all the way to Alaska's west coast. I am truly in awe.

    Congrats again.

  16. Excellent! I have had fun checking in on your progress from time to time. I am looking forward to the details and visuals. Congrats!

  17. Yes! I'm pumped you are alive and doing well! Still crotchety too.