Nearly a month and a half ago, a group of university students climbed on their bikes and started pedaling for Alaska.
Breaking off into three groups, the Texas 4000 cyclists take different routes with the goal of meeting up in Anchorage at the end of the 70-day trip.
The group taking the Ozarks route had a stop in Fort St. John on Day 50 (July 23), and was invited out to the RV Park in Charlie Lake for a barbecue dinner, hosted by the Fort St. John Rotary Club.
Texas 4000 cyclist Brook Chambers said it’s been an amazing trip so far.
“We’ve been on the road for quite some time,” she said. “It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s been a complete joy. There’s some tough times…It’s really incredible the number of people we’ve been able to meet and the number of people we are able to share hope with.”
She noted that when people see the words “Fighting Cancer Every Mile” on the back on their bright orange jerseys, it encourages people to open up about their own cancer experiences and give them an opportunity to share and reflect.
The group has had a lot of interesting encounters on their journey, but Chambers noted that a certain giant beaver gave the group pause.
“We saw the sign ‘Giant Beaver Attraction’ and we just had to stop and get a photo,” she said of the group’s ride through Beaverlodge.
After a good night’s sleep, the group headed off to Buckinghorse River and Fort Nelson, continuing up the Alaska Highway to bring their message to the north.