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Aug 06

One of the great tools (some might say hindrances) we have these days is the web. I turn to it daily, many times, and we’ve used it at just about every step in planning this trip. From learning about Eric and Dylan’s original ride to researching gear, weather, tides, sunrise, sunset and countless other facets, the web has been an invaluable resource.

Some might say this takes some of the adventure out of it. I would both agree and disagree but that’s a discussion for another time.

Anyway, we’ve found a lot of great resources to help us prepare for our journey, here are a few we’re most thankful for.

Weather

Now that we’re within the magic 10-day weather forecast window we’ve been checking it relentlessly. We’ve even gone all high-tech and found some live webcams peering down on our exact route. Theoretically you could watch these webcams for the next few weeks and you might see us ride by.

Things aren’t looking so good as of a few days ago (afternoon of August 5th) but thankfully the forecast for the next 10 days is looking better. The images below are screen captures, click ’em to see the live view.

Yakutat Webcam

Yakutat Webcam

Yakataga Webcam

Yakataga Webcam

Cordova Webcam

Cordova Webcam

Maps

To get a general feel of the major geographical features and a rough idea of what to expect we’ve been looking at a lot of Google Maps. Google Earth has also been really useful for this.

Photos

Even more telling than satellite pics are ground level photos. Surprisingly we’ve been able to find quite a few located around our route. Flickr has a handy map feature where you can search for geotagged photos.

Flickr

Flickr

And Panoramio.com has even more. Click the image below to view the pics.

Panoramio

Panoramio

People

More useful than any of the sites above have been actual people. Some of them we’ve contacted for specific questions, other have contacted us with ideas and input. All have been made possible through the web.

Eric P. from Revelate Designs and Erin and Hig, all of who have done our route, provided input on everything from clothing to food, gear and what to expect from bears. The guys at Surly Bikes have given us great advice on waterproofing our frames, freewheels and hubs. And Caleb M. and Chip N. from DeLorme helped immensely by ensuring we got our DeLorme PN-60W GPS, an advanced GPS unit that allows us to keep all of you updated on our travels during the trip.  These are just a few of the many that have contributed so far.

Other Sites

Other types of sites we’ve been visiting regularly are tide and sunrise/sunset charts, weather almanacs, moon cycles and calorie counters. The occasional bear attack stats site has also come up, leading to only minor loss of sleep.

In short, I think the web has been crucial to making this trip a reality. And come Monday, when we depart, we’re going to continue using the web to keep you all updated on our travels throughout our trek.  More info tomorrow!

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