Odessa cyclist returned home after a six-month journey from Canada to Mexico
Ruslan Verin, a cycling traveler from Odessa, has finally returned to South Palmyra after a long journey.
Street of the homeless in Los Angeles, he was met by relatives, friends and residents of Odessa, who are proud of the accomplishments of a fellow countryman. On October 19 last year, Ruslan left the northernmost point of Alaska, the town of Pradho Bay (outside the Arctic Circle), and finally completed his incredible race, breaking 12468 km to Cancun in Mexico in 173 days.
How it was?
Snow-covered Arctic and Alaska met him with a temperature of -20. In such harsh conditions, he traveled by bicycle to 100 km per day. My feet were freezing, and my face was numb from the cold. Minus steel and expensive products.
Often the traveler spent the night with new acquaintances whom he met on the way. Canadians turned out to be very responsive and hospitable people and even gave him provisions for the trip. Verin had a chance to visit the guys whom he found on the website of bicycle travelers; a retired steward who lives alone with three dogs; and from his fellow traveler, who traveled all over Europe on a bicycle; and after 100 km his friend, a former teacher, who lives in the village at an altitude of 1100 m above sea level.
When the athlete was unable to find an overnight stay, he spent the night in a tent and cooked elk meat on charcoal. An excellent venture seemed to him open boxes with books in Vancouver. There, any person can come up and take a book, or leave his own, some just look to see if there is something interesting, and leave. Pleasantly surprised that people do not steal books.
It became a little easier on the border of Canada and the USA, snow and cold ceased to be the main problem, because the thermometer sometimes rose above zero. But there the cyclist had a new problem – the ubiquitous slush, which slows down the two-wheeled friend. I had to drive out to the middle of the road, where cars had already dispersed the dirty slurry. Local drivers did not signal or resent, but carefully traveled around the strange traveler, realizing how hard it was for him to drive.
In the USA, Odessa traveled through a forest of giant sequoias with moss and fern, which grow from moisture. Therefore, one of the problems was a fire. For about 20 days, Ruslan rode without a single Wall between the USA and Mexico, leaving, spending New Year’s Eve right in the tent. San Francisco met Ruslan with a chic outfit for the needs of cyclists. There he stayed with several Ukrainians who have long been living in America. They gave him a bike tour, showed Silicon Valley and the garage in which Steve Jobs began his journey.
In Santa Barbara, the cyclist had problems with local trains. Besides the fact that his train was late for 40 minutes, Odessa was not allowed to go there with a bicycle. I had to catch the next train, having already bought a ticket for a bicycle. And Los Angeles upset the athlete with a huge number of homeless people. He said that there are even whole streets of tents and huts, which are famous for not very pleasant smell and dirt.
Aiming for adventure, Ruslan deviated a little from the route and went from Los Angeles not directly to Mexico, but to the Grand Canyon. After all, he had long dreamed of setting up a tent and spending the night on a cliff. Although the local convince the traveler that this is a national park and to put up a tent where you want it will not work, the Odessa residents did it all. And the next morning a gorgeous look awaited him.
A family of Mexican fishermen Having reached the border with Mexico, a cyclist rode behind a stream of cars, simultaneously looking for passport control. But suddenly he realized that he was already in Mexico, his conscience forced Ruslan to return and independently search for the border guards in order to stamp the passport.
In the Mexican desert, a cyclist punctured both wheels and the “spare wheel”. And in order to buy new ones, he needed to drive almost 400 km. Sometimes Odessa went on foot, leading a two-wheeled friend, sometimes locals brought him up.
Still, Ruslan got to the right city and bought tires. A couple of days he lived in the family of a local fisherman and caught with him about 15,000 oysters.
At the end of the trip, travelers visited the famous Mayan pyramids and finally reached the finish line – the city of Cancun. Over six months, many interesting and even dangerous things happened to Odessa, but he only had positive emotions.