Three medical students unsatisfied with the prospect of spending their last free summer at the benchtop instead go adventure seeking on a 3500 mile bicycle tour. But scientists and scholars at heart, Aaron, Dan and Matt will be conducting sports medicine research along the way.
This site is an attempt by the three of us to record our journey, keep in touch with family and friends, post pictures and serve as a resource for anyone planning a similar journey in the future. Our internet access will be spotty, especially towards the end of the trip, so don’t expect daily updates, but we’ll try to keep it as current as possible.
We begin in Eugene, OR and head north to Corvallis before cutting east through Bend and on to Idaho. Skirting to the north of Boise, we ride through Stanley and Salmon on our way north to Missoula, MT and the frontiers of bear country. From there it’s on to Glacier National Park and Going to the Sun Road before crossing the border into Alberta. Banff National Park is up next. After Jasper National Park we’re off northwest through British Columbia on the scenic, deserted, and at times unpaved Cassiar Highway to the Alcan. Then it’s Yukon Ho!, through the bustling metropolis and capitol city of Whitehorse (pop. 22,213). 700 miles to go! It’s a straight shot from Whitehorse, past the Yukon’s 7,000 grizzlies, back across the border into the good old US of A, and down to Anchorage.
We will be tracking the performance of all three riders as well as cortisol and hormone levels to look for markers of overtraining in long distance cyclists.