Our last, final, day of riding started…of course…in the rain. We left the wonderful Midway Services completely happy, and totally anticipating the glorious finish and meeting Will to go out to McCarthy. The morning was uneventful, and we trudged through pretty crappy weather. About 25 miles in we stopped in at a gas station where I had pizza rolls (yum) and Aaron read the newspaper. Feeling pretty relaxed about our last day, we headed back out. The weather from here took a turn for the sunnier, and pretty soon it was actually warm out. The mood was extremely happy and we were both ecstatic to be nearing the finish line.
Then, out of the blue, my derailleur cable snapped, and got lodged inside my shifter. Crazy. This had never happened to me before, but thankfully I had brought along a dummy shifter. I swapped out the cable and installed the new shifter, and was soon on my way again. This all happened about 12 miles from the end of the last day, crazy!
Ah, glorious Glennallen, home of the Alaska Bible College, and not much else. There is only one radio station, and it is a “spiritual station.” I tell you this because this informs the fact that there is not a single bar in Glennallen. As such, there was nowhere in town to get a celebratory beer to toast the end of a great ride. However, about 5 miles out there was a liquor store, where Aaron and I picked up a beer a piece and smuggled them into town in paper bags.
We arrived into the full splendor of Glennallen, a series of gas stations intercalated with church after church after church. Um, yay!?
The trip finally finished, we pulled into the nearest campground to await getting picked up by Will the next morning. We stayed at Northern Night’s RV campground, which was by all accounts mediocre except for one thing: it was free brownies and ice cream night! That night we had celebratory hamburgers at the finest dining establishment in town: the Tastee Freez, where we had probably the meanest, most disengaged customer service I had ever experienced. Ahh, glorious Glennallen. We also experienced in the grocery store what many have read about but few have seen. The entire store was perfectly faced. Every can was perfectly turned so that its label was facing out, all the fruit was perfectly arranged, and it looked like we were the first people to ever go grocery shopping there. This was one of the many wonders that our final destination, Glennallen, had to offer us!
We decided it would be nice to do some laundry, so we went to the laundromat, where we encountered this hilarious sign:
Apparently they have trouble with people doing their peeing in laundry machines. Glorious Glennallen! Oh, and the change machine was broken, so we had to go from business to business changing our dollars into quarters, which was made difficult by the fact that noone would do it for us! Finally having scrounged up enough quarters, we did our laundry and retired to our tents, exhausted, but soooo glad to be done! Tomorrow we would be on the road with Will, and we were excited to give him crap for making us end our trip in Glennallen!