While participating in the Iditarod Trail Invitational last year I had the great pleasure to meet Mike Curiak. At the time Mike was completing his personal, unsupported 1100 mile journey on the trail to Nome. Today I came across a series of videos he produced documenting his journey. Absolutely worth viewing.
We ran into Mike while attempting to cross Rainy Pass. It was a grueling day - especially harrowing for a rookie racer. Deep snow, unrelenting wind and vanishing trail in an inhospitable nowhere. Just the sight of another person was a relief to me. The fact that it turned out to be Mike Curiak was incredible fortune.
All I can say is that I have the highest respect for Mike. I felt like a foolish, fumbling adventure tourist out there next to him. He traveled that day with calm, controlled and perfect presence - and the utmost humility. Thanks Mike, if you read this.
Here's part one. Click here to watch it on Mike's blog - it's bigger and better. Don't forget to look for the handsome guy in the blizzard in part one at minute 5:47. ;)
IditaTour: Part one. from lacemine29 on Vimeo.