Watson Lake to Fairbanks, AK - July 12-13, 2017
Fairbanks was founded in August 1901 by Captain E. T. Barnette while enroute to Tanana Crossing to set up a trading post. The steamboat he was traveling on, however, ran aground short of its destination and he was forced to disembark. The incident drew attention from gold prospectors nearby who convinced Barnette of the areas potential. Barnette set up his post still intending to make it to Tanacross as he had originally planned. After some convincing by Federal Judge James Wickersham, who had recently relocated the seat of the Third Division court to the site, the post was named Fairbanks after Charles W. Fairbanks who was then a Republican Senator from Indiana. Fairbanks would later become the 26th Vice President of the United States under Theodore Roosevelt.
With good fortune, we hope we will have accomplished our task of completing our Iron Butt Challenges, minus the major challenge of making it from Key West to Deadhorse by the 12th. We hope this happens to give us the opportunity to rest a spell, get some maintenance done on the bikes.