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Energized by the encounter, Aaron and I are giddy as we walk back to the beach, constantly surveying the landscape for any sign that he is still around. To come in contact in this way, within close proximity, was a unique encounter. We met the bear on his level and in his environment and briefly looked into each other’s eyes to connect in an inspiring way. Back on the beach, we pedal on into the night once again as the remaining miles of beach melt away into another perfect evening ride with pink skies and wind at our backs—the last evening of our trip. The following afternoon, we would pedal into Yakutat, days after our departure, as if nothing had changed.

But something is happening out there. Out in the apparent desolation of the wilderness, where humans have yet to make an impact, strange and powerful things are occurring on the sand, in the water, and throughout the trees. Between the energetic coast and the lifeless peaks, we lived in a zone that houses abundant life and energy—a thriving environment that appears at times vacant. It is a sliver of life that rarely sees human inhabitants. Where many extremes convene, it creates a place that is strangely unique—where something is going on. And for a brief moment in time, between the forbidding ocean and the vacant glaciers, we saw exactly what it was. BV

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Profile for Lucas Winzenburg

Bunyan Velo: Travels on Two Wheels, Issue No. 05  

Bunyan Velo is a collection of photographs, essays, and stories celebrating the simple pleasures of traveling by bicycle.

Bunyan Velo: Travels on Two Wheels, Issue No. 05  

Bunyan Velo is a collection of photographs, essays, and stories celebrating the simple pleasures of traveling by bicycle.

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