We came up with all kinds of terrible solutions over the next few hours in the airport but nothing was going to get Andrea’s bike rolling again. We figured we might as well catch a ride into town and set up camp before it gets too late (this isn’t much of an issue because it never gets dark here). We also needed to find decent wifi, Google can solve our problems.
It didn’t take any time to find the library and free wifi, win. Libraries are always the best place for travellers, air conditioning and internet, what more do you need? I found the part we needed online and paid more for shipping then the part cost to make sure it got to Vancouver as soon as possible. The idea was, the part would arrive in Vancouver and our friend AK would race it to the Air North cargo office and it would hopefully make its way to us in Inuvik a couple days later.
I checked the tracking number the next morning (June 29) and the part was scheduled to arrive in Vancouver on July 4th, nuts, that’s 3 days after we were planning on leaving and it would only be in Vancouver, it still had to make its way to us… Plan B, I called a bunch of bike shops in BC to see if they had what we needed in stock and I eventually found a distributor in Nelson who had it! He said he would Purolator it to Vancouver which would mean we could have it in our hands by Friday afternoon, miracle!
The next morning (June 30) I checked the new tracking number and to my delight the part was already in Vancouver, it had 10 hours to get off the truck and into AK’s hands, no worries.
Fast forward 10 hours and the part never showed up… Purolator, you suck.
At this point we have two identical parts heading to Vancouver, one with Fedex and the other with Purolator... We’ve got ourselves a race! Sadly, the earliest we can depart is July 5th now maybe the 6th, who really knows? With our luck we might have another week in Inuvik…
It’s been pretty demoralizing at times to acknowledge that we can’t leave and there’s nothing we can do about it. But we’re in Inuvik, we’re at the top of the world, it’s gorgeous here, the people are amazing and the mosquitoes are extremely welcoming. We need to remember how lucky we are to even be here.