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We slept in a little, and got a late start - BUT - we weren't in a burry today anyway. We drove by Ship Creek, where Anchorage was founded as a tent city during the Gold Rush. Current population is just under 300,000; and covers 1,961 square miles. There is everything you would expect in a big city including Lowes, Olive Garden, Target, Walgreens and Starbucks. Anchorage is known for its summer flowers and hanging baskets ...
... river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska."
Each team of 12 to 16 dogs & their musher cover over 1,049 miles (this is the symbolic number of race ...
... some air in we both held the car doors open as we drove along, the car wasn't going very fast though. That is until Sheila gave up with the traffic jam & came off the highway so we were driving a fair bit faster ..... with the doors open!! Luckily we didn't have to go far like that as we returned to the highway after seeing the traffic was flowing freely again. I suggested we go out for dinner & left it up to Sheila & Eddie to decide where to go to ...
... peaks to tropical lowlands in just under 70km. Leaving Kagbeni the course follows the river bed and heads down the valley towards Jomsom. From here the terrain undulates along jeep track through Jomsom, Marpha and many other small villages along the route. From Kalopani the trail again drops rapidly on a very rough but fast trail to Tatopani, (tato means hot in nepali and pani = water) and tired riders can enjoy the revitalising qualities of ...
... us somewhere.
We finally got to our hotel at around 3.30am, after an interesting taxi ride (with a drunk taxi driver).
Tired, and ready to go to bed !
The day after we had a nice breakfast, and then decided to go to a local market. It was great seeing all the local creations, arts and products. We also enjoyed some local music, which was a lot of fun.
Then we went to the mall to ...
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