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RSS FeedsRiding the length of the Americas hasn´t been been easy. The Alaska Highway was the hardest part
(The Star Business)


17 november 2019 15:01:04

Riding the length of the Americas hasn´t been been easy. The Alaska Highway was the hardest part
(The Star Business)

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALTA.—It took 11,000 soldiers and 16,000 civilians eight months to build the original Alaska Highway in 1942.Nearly a century later Smokey, Mac and I travelled the 2,237-kilometre highway in half that time.Exactly four months, to the day, after departing Fairbanks, Alaska, I rode my mighty mustangs into Dawson Creek, B.C., with a special guest. Karen Hardy, my American mom, who helped me tremendously during my first long ride from Calgary to Brazil, drove from Washington state to ride with me. She gave me Dude, a mustang from the Taos Pueblo tribe that she trained herself, and she even met us at the finish line in the Barretos rodeo in Brazil.Having her by my side to finish the northern portion of my last long ride was comforting and her quarter horse Blue helped keep my wild boys calm in the middle of bustling cities.But the real heroine of this journey was there carrying hay, water and feed every single day for the horses. Slowing down traffic around blind curves to keep us safe. Keeping me company through those long stretches of nothing and always bathing me with love. The truth is, without my Argentine girlfriend (and support driver) Clara Davel, I may not have survived the North.This was by far the hardest stretch of land I have covered in all of the Americas. There were so many hurdles to cross that at times if felt like I was a character in an action-adventure video game. Except I only had one life.The obstacles were beyond a gamer’s imagination: fanged bears, endless bison, territorial moose, hungry wolves, giant mountains, metal-grate-deck bridges, summer snowstorms, clouds of black flies, horse flies and mosquitoes and … two Canadian teen serial killers. When I passed one level, there was another just as arduous waiting for us to navigate through.In the bountiful heart of the northern autumn we found ourselves on the banks of Buckinghorse River, just under 200 kilometres south of Fort Nelson, surrounded by bright yello ...

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