Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 239 - Anchorage - Valdez

Distance travelled (by bike):  35,000

A truly miserable day, Leaving Anchorage in the rain, arriving at Valdez colder, still in the rain. Its that time of the year,  the weather getting colder, leaves are falling off the trees, bears are hyper eating ready for hibernation and most tourists are getting out of Alaska, i see why and i'm following shortly.
The drive down into Valdez was thick with fog. From Valdez I was hoping to go sea kayaking through the glaciers, sadly with the weather not co-operating its not going to happen. Gutted. 
Valdez situated at the head of a deepwater fjord, accessible by only one road. The main industry in town is oil, the trans alaska pipeline runs the length of Alaska from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, Valdez is the nearest ice free port. The marine life was devastated in 1989 with the Exxon Valdez oil spill, now you would never know that one of the largest oil spills every happened 20 miles away. The fishing industry has recovered, commercial and charter fishing and is the second biggest industry in town.
The town was pretty empty as i drove in, quickly finding somewhere to dry out and warm up.

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