For most of the day the river was extremely slow, almost not moving at all. By the end of the day Imre is among hills again, and the river starts to pick up the pace a little bit.
Yukon Crossing is where the Dalton highway meets the Yukon River. Imre paddled under the bridge where Peter just rode his bicycle across the Yukon just seven days ago!
Imre called. He is doing well, except that one wrist is causing him a lot of pain. We applauded that he is so much ahead of schedule: He got halfway in only 15 days and has another 29 days to finish the second half. He reminded us that the river will go very slow and as he is getting closer to the Bering Sea, he will be able to go less and less of a distance each day, as the current won’t help any more. Also as the river becomes wider, even a little wind can stir big waves that his inexpensive kayak cannot handle.
Rather than looking at total miles, he is judging his progress by The Book. Each chapter of The Book describes a section of the river, and gives a minimum and maximum number of days one could expect to need to cover that section. This is extremely valuable information. If we add up the minimum days for the sections Imre has already finished, he has 3 days advance. (i.e. the earliest day he should be here is day #18) But he is saving those 3 days for “storm days”, when weather conditions would not allow him to get on the water at all.
Imre has a great perspective when it comes to knowing his geography. We are still assuming he is still camping our each night? If so, we’re wondering how the conditions are for being a camper along the Yukon River. One night it was mentioned hearing various animal noises.