After saying goodbye to my new friends in Corbin I set off at around 10am well fed and rested; an unusual feeling on this trip. I had been advised of a lot of grizzlies in this section and that it was extremely remote so I planned to stay in a cabin en route that evening. The day was spectacular, as usual; it had some tough rocky terrain and some nice sections as well:
Video link: Downhill
I arrived at the cabin only to find some unfriendly man had occupied it. Therefore I decided to push on to an alternate recommended camping spot another 45 km. Pushing up to cabin pass there were grizzly bear paw prints that lasted over a kilometre:
Not ideal then you’re getting close to camp in the dark.
Video link(the bell you can hear is a bear bell to warn bears of my approach):
Bear paw prints
I survived the night however and the next day up to Galton Pass was fairly challenging. Linking up two of the exceptionally underused gravels roads (non-motorized vehicles only) was a section of single track conveniently marked by this skull:
This was a muddy rocky track more suitable for hiking at times:
Some sections were very steep and impossible to cycle. I initially tried to push my loaded bike up it but it was even too steep for that. A slip there would have been disastrous; my loaded bike would have been almost impossible to retrieve. I ended up taking my bags off the bike and making three trips; tedious for a section that’s 0.25 miles long with significant elevation.
I made it through to the USA border at Roosville and crossed without any issues (“what’s in the bags sir? drugs?”… “Errr, no” … “OK, proceed”) and cycled on to Eureka for some well earned rest.