Good evening everybody! Gee and Haw have reminded me numerous times today, that I’ve neglected to pass along their hellos to everybody! They were definitely one of the stars of the show today.
Believe it or not it actually RAINED!! 33-34 degrees, and man...How important mentors are in our lives. Jay Petervary, a friend of mine and a great mentor, said packing for Nome is easy - You just bring everything. And today it proved so true. I had a rain jacket, I thought about not taking it...what are the chances it’s going to rain in Alaska? Well, it did. And I was grinning ear to ear in my sister’s Northface rain jacket that she gave me for Christmas two years ago. As for Gee and Haw? I mean, they’re beavers. They love being wet, this is fantastic for them, they’ve been having a blast.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Lee in Shagaluk, who fed me and treated me as one of her own when I really really needed it.
We’re on the Yukon River now and these next 200 miles are the last real big test of this journey. Not that Mother Nature can’t kick my ass and put me in my place at any time, but if we’re fortunate enough to get this bus to Kaltag, which is the village at the end of the Yukon river, we’ll have really put some miles behind us.
The cancer challenge tonight, comes to my brothers and sisters in the Rogue Nation. Today’s journey was 45 miles. So my challenge is for everyone in the Nation to throw $45 towards the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Once you’ve made your donation to that amazing charity, 100% of which goes to the charity and is tax deductible, then throw it out to two or three of your favorite Rogue Nationers. Let’s see what the Rogue Nation can do for Leukemia & Lymphoma tonight.
Thank you all. A couple miles is Grayling, and then we take on 200 miles of the Yukon River.