When we were bicycling through Alaska and Canada, we made sure to have a can of bear deterrent (serious business defensive pepper spray) on hand in case we had any hairy encounters, however, it also came in quite handy in the more sketchy areas of California where we were threatened more than once by cracked out homeless guys (and ladies too!). We never had to use it, but the threat of being blasted in the face with bear-strength pepper spray from 30 feet away was always enough to keep dangerous crazies at bay, and keep us feeling safe.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
When biking or hiking through the Yukon Territory, be sure not to neglect your best manners when stopping in at the few establishments along the route. Although it may feel like you are in the wild frontier where manners matter very little, many of the locals definitely have a sense of propriety. When stopping in at restaurants, hotels, or the average roadhouse, take the time to put on some decent pants over your bike shorts, take off your hat (or helmet) indoors, and it wouldn't hurt to spritz a little something that smells a little more pleasant than "eau de tour de France." Your best manners will go a long way here in making sure you, and your hosts, enjoy your visit.