Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day from Yellowknife

Well, we made it. On time too! The last 900 kms are full of stories that are going to last a life time. From 500 kms of gravel full of rain and mud, late night visits from bears and lynx, to aggressive wood bison threatening our lives, the last few weeks have challenged us in ways we never thought possible.

With a goal of arriving in Yellowknife yesterday, we woke up more than 110 kms away. The way that things had been going we knew it was within reach but a stiff head wind had other ideas. We battled hard all day through thunder storms and extreme winds arriving in Yellowknife late last night after one of our most difficult days on the road.

Bike touring and film making has been difficult, but very rewarding. We have shot nearly 750 GB of footage and captured content we never thought possible. Canada's North is truly unique to this country and exploring it at 20 kms an hour, working for every inch has been a life changing experience.

We could not have made it without the help of the local people on the Liard Highway, the support and hospitality they showed was so refreshing and appreciated. Whether it was a bottle of water or a tip on a good place to camp, their knowledge and kindness made our trek through the gravel easier and much more enjoyable. So props to everyone from Fort Liard to Fort Providence!

And again, thank-you to everyone who gave us a push along the way, this project has been brewing for a long time and every stage of production has been full of ups and downs. But here we are, we made it!

Going through our footage and creating a film about travelling by bicycle is going to be so much fun. We look forward to sharing our experience with you. Stay tuned.

Chris & Ryan Mitchell

1 comment:

  1. Great to hear you're done, but at the same time, it's going to be bitter sweet knowing that possibly one of your most life changing experiences is now over....We're proud of the determination you guys showed in pulling this off..... Congratulations, Pops

    Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
    Leon J. Suenes

    Way to go! Can't wait to hear all about your adventure.
    Love Mom