Follow the bikers of Going South on their adventures though the Americas.
Arriving in Valdez late on a rainy evening, we were extremely happy to find that a new friend that we had made on the ferry ride had an available spot in their camping allotment. This spared us the need to hunt for a camping spot late at night. It rained all night, but by nine the next morning, after we had packed our soggy tents, the sun slowly started to break through the low lying cloud and mist. From here, we were to head North through the Keystone Canyon and over the Thompson Pass to enter the mountains.
We arrived into a Valdez late in the evening after the 5 hour ferry cruise from Whittier across the Prince William Sound. The whole town immersed in thick cloud and drizzle and was not particularly inviting at all. We could see vague outlines of oil tankers moored up alongside the oil refinery in the distance but it was to far away to see properly. We camped alongside a tour group Trek America - it was good to chat to new people and hear from the English guys in the group that informed us that England had won the Ashes and beaten the Aussies - I realised how out of touch I had been not knowing this really important moment in sporting history!
We awoke in Anchorage early on Thursday morning to find a perfectly clear sky and crisp cold air. This being the first clear day in a long time, Ron, our host suggested going for a little flight in his Float plane, a 32 year old Cessna 206, so off we went to the airport, or rather the lake to prepare the plane. After the usual pre flight checks, part of which involved balancing precariously off the end of the floating pontoon, we boarded the plane and taxied to the end of the lake.
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