Tuesday, May 17, 2011
We are in Alaska?Estamos en Alaska
Whether you believe it or not we are in Alaska, the bikes are almost ready and in a couple of days if everything goes fine we are setting off down south.
We arrived to Fairbanks last Friday at night, a friend Helena our host was waiting for us at the airport to take us to her cabin a beautiful house on the outside of Fairbanks in the middle of the woods we met her through a friend of mine and without knowing us she has opened her place and her life to help us out getting readies for our adventure. I';s inspiring and difficult to believe until you dont see and meet the people and the places that there are still so many people that live in a great contact with nature. Listening to theirs chats you can grasp all the time the relation ship they have with the space were they live as you can imagine and if not I'll tell you the folk I'm meeting they live with no running water in the middle of the wood with a toilet outside sometime severals meters away from theirs cabins in winter the temperature can go under -40 C, snow everywhere, wild animals and if they are no well prepared when that comes every September they just can die extreme isn't it? And the best things is that all the folk we have met they love it. Talking with Marta about it the feeling that comes to us when we see these people is a deep respect for the way of life they have.
The second night at Helenas we made a bonfire with Helena's friends who came to meet us, the one that impressed us the most was a woman call Gina, this beautiful being works as a nurse part time at the local hospital, well Gina at the party offered us to spend the night at hers. Gina lives far into the wood on the top of a mountain with no electricity, with no running water and on her own @hey guys I want to share with you the way I live do you want to come with me and spend a night sleeping outside in the woods, I've got a shed there with just a roof where you can sleep outdoor.
Marta and me we looked at each other to confirm that such a present was fine with both and we accepted straight away Gina's offer on the way to her place Gina offered us to stop for a drink in a local pub where we ended for an hour or so dancing like mad to the rhythm of a local band, that was fun. Once in her place she shown us her cottage and we had a cup of tea while Gina was playing the piano after a wee while chatting out and about we went outside to meet the place where we were suppose to spend the night, just few meters away from her place like 40 or so Gina has built a shed with a roof and just one wall facing the forest that totally surrounds her place, if it's not below -2C she likes to sleep outside, crazy :) isn't it? But once you are on this comfortable mattress with the moon facing you, staring at the forest fully covered with all this warm blankets on the top of us you realize that she is not crazy she is just far more intelligent than many of us, where could you sleep better that in there I have to say that it was one of the most beautiful places we ever slept in our life. Ki kiriki the hen was saying to wake us up and there it was Gina too asking us "tea or coffee darling" and she came to where Marta and me were still in bed to bring us the breakfast in bed, that was a moment a big one :) thanks Gina
We are finishing our bikes, putting them back together and getting few more gears that we needed before setting off, hopefully tomorrow We will tighten the spokes and perhaps the day after tomorrow it will be the big day where we will look ahead, the road in front Marta and me together start, take this challenge, this life present giving the firs pedaling down South
Fairbanks, Alaska May 2011
Wish us good luck
we are setting off