FAIRBANKS — There were several times during his epic, 2,000-mile bike odyssey that Billy Koitzsch wanted to quit.
Pushing his fully loaded, 115-pound fatbike through snowdrifts and 35 mph headwinds going across Norton Sound between Shaktoolik and Koyuk, for example, a 50-mile stretch that took him 19 hours.
“It was brutal,” Koitzsch (pronounced KOICH) said. “You’d push through a drift, ride for 150 feet, push through a drift, ride for 150 feet.
“The wind blew me over,” he added. “The bike was so big and so heavy the wind just throws you to the ground.”