The Soggy Bottom Bike Race, a 108-mile ride with 10,000 feet of elevation, starts and ends on Hope’s Main Street. That’s where neighbors Dru (left), Mason (middle), and Rebecca (right) live. As racers fly by, they wave the Alaska flag as hard as they can.
Everyone in town knows who Dru is. She’s a bubbly, energetic woman married to Johnny who helped organize the race. When I ask Johnny about the campground next door, he tells me we can save the $15 fee by camping by their property.
Love brought Rebecca to Alaska. Visiting from Melbourne years ago, she met her now husband when she hopped on the back of his snowmobile on a wilderness tour. The town of Hope is pretty isolated so typically when people first move here, they live in cabins that either lack water or electricity. Since bringing up Mason in a dry cabin, the family has upgraded to a house that has both water and electricity.