Instead of staying up late, I hit the hay early, and slept for 8 solid hours. As is starting to feel natural, once again I was awake at 4:00 am. But I was able to get even a little more sleep before the alarm went off. After getting up, the melodic strains of falling rain became noticeable. It looks as though this is one of those long, soaking rains. Unless the weather changes on the ride, it'll be a very wet day. We're heading east today, so the likelihood of the weather changing isn't very high.
My mechanical issues were a little more pronounced today than in previous days. On the bright side, the front end squeak that's been driving me nuts made its source known in a rather bold way- It seems that my speedometer cable snapped. It'd have been annoying any other time, but it was a definite relief to know not only what the issue was, but also that it wasn't anything serious. Had it been a bent axle or something like that, it could have been dangerous. My other issue was a little more frustrating, and potentially threatening. My front brake has been losing pressure. This makes it much harder to stop, seeing as 75% of a motorcycle's stopping power comes from the front. At a gas stop, I picked up a bottle of brake fluid, and we'll top it up after dinner. Hopefully there aren't any air bubbles in the line to be worked out.
We're staying at the Tangle River Inn, a quaint place only 20 mi / 32 km west of the eastern end of the Denali highway. My room is the "Wolf room," which used to be the assay office for the regional mining operations. Somehow it seems only fitting that someone named "Cash" stay in the room where the gold was counted!
As we head south, the days are getting shorter, but they're still much longer than they are back home. Tonight's sunset will be at 11:41 pm, and sunrise tomorrow will be at 3:43 am. It occurs that there's no "golden hour" for photography- Since the hour immediately after sunrise and before sunset occur during hours when sleeping, there are no golden glows in the photos!
As with yesterday, the internet connection is quite weak. I'll be lucky to get the text uploaded; The likelihood of getting photos up too is quite slim. I'll do what I can, when I can. We'll be in Cantwell tomorrow, then back to Anchorage on Saturday. I'll try to catch up with photos then.
Total riding distance today: 220 mi / 354 km Running total: 5524 mi / 8890 km