8-23-14 Devils Creek

Josh, Trevor and I headed down to the Kenai Peninsula today to ride from the Devils Creek trailhead to the south end of the Resurrection Pass trail just past Cooper Landing.  It was an awesome ride even though some bike issues forced us to turn back right before the Devils Creek trail meets the Resurrection Pass trail.  This is spectacular country.

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Josh & Trevor getting ready for the ride.

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The trail starts out in the trees and heads up quickly for spectacular views and riding in the mountains.

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Somewhere down there is where we started.

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Climbing higher and looking back down the trail.

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The trail ahead.

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Happy riders.

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A few rocky areas on the avalanche chutes.

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Looking way back.

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Looking way ahead.

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Small Lake up in the pass.

And then it happened.  Josh built this bike himself.  Got a carbon frame on the internet and added all the components. This was the first big ride.  Bike was working great and then something broke, derailer fell off and the chain broke, not repairable.   Josh being the bike mechanic that he is took off the derailer, shortened the chain and rode single speed back down.

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If we had kept on going to the Resurrection Trial on down to Cooper Landing this is the way we would have gone.  It was about 5 miles longer this way and more up and down.  With Josh on a single speed and not knowing if the chain would hold we played it safe and turned around.

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Ahead and to the left is the way down to Cooper Landing. Not to be this trip. It was a blast just getting here, no complaints from us.

Back at the truck.  Another awesome adventure.

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8-2-14 Powerline Pass to Indian Creek

Josh and I rode over Powerline Pass and down into Indian today.  We left a truck in Indian and drove back to the Glenn Alps parking lot.  When we got there the parking lot was full.  It was a beautiful day, lots of people and  no place to park.  So we drove down to the house and rode from there.  An extra 4 miles and 1,600 vertical feet to add to the trip.  Total trip a little over 17 miles with 3,600 feet of climbing, then about 4,ooo feet down to sea level at Indian.  Total time around 4 hours.

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We had to push the bikes up a little ways here, but then rode to within about 1/2 mile of the top.  Not to bad we rode up almost all the way.

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The top of the pass. That is where we are going. We are on the trail in the upper left corner.

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At the pass looking back towards Anchorage. We came up the trail on the right.

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One last look back before we go over the top and head to Indian.

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The way to Indian.

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Looking back at the top of the pass.

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That is where we are going. Down to Indian Creek and to Turnagain Arm.

Views from the Indian side of the pass.

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Back below tree line. Getting close to the creek.

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Indian Creek

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Awesome day.  Josh thanks for waiting for me on the steep down hill parts.  Didn’t do to bad only walked down in a couple of the really steep areas.

7-8-14 Spencer Loop and Single Track Ride

Dave and I headed out for a ride before dinner.  Up Spencer Loop into the single tracks and back down for beers and another great dinner made by my awesome wife.  Perfect work night evening.

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Riding up Spencer Loop. It is a steep climb up from Campbell Creek.

Views from Spencer Loop.

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Near Point & Campbell Creek is down in the canyon.

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Wolverine Peak in the cloud.

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The Yeti SB95 what an awesome bike.

Into the single tracks.

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Almost made it across the bridge.

 

 

6-30-14 Indian to Girdwood

This 27 mile round trip ride has got to be one of the most scenic rides you can take on a bike path near Anchorage.  It is almost non-stop panoramic views along Turnagain Arm.  We ride this path regularly.  About a 30 minute drive from the house, about a 2 hour ride, so all total about 3 hours.  After the ride burgers and a couple of beers.  Perfect for after a work day.

It is often very windy going towards Girdwood but that just means the ride back is easier.  Black bears are pretty common.  Probably see one every other ride.  Not tonight though, that works for me.  Not that many people usually, only saw four other riders tonight.

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The beginning and ending in Indian.

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Heading down the hill to Bird Creek.

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The views across Turnagain Arm.

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Then up the hill for even better views.

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6-28-14 Talkeetna Lunch Ride

We used to have a shabin (that is a shack-cabin combo) at the lake.  Now we have a small house, hot and cold running water, heated year round and a garage for storing rafts, bikes and fishing gear.  When not floating or fishing we often ride from the lake to Talkeetna for lunch. About a 61 mile round trip.  It’s a great way to spend the day if the weather is nice.

My wife was was raised near Talkeetna.  A Susitna Valley High School graduate, we often run in to her friends in Talkeetna.  Talkeetna is an interesting town.  In the summer it is packed with tourists, in the winter it slows way down.  The brewery runs all year, Twister Creek IPA is one of my favorite beers.

The ride starts:

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The first 5.5 miles are gravel roads.

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Only about one mile of riding on the highway.

You don’t get to stop and enjoy these views when you are traveling 65 MPH along the highway.

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Mt. Foraker

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Mt. McKinley

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Then into 10 miles of four-wheeler trail.

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We had lots of rain the last few days. Flood warning in the area for Friday. The trail was a little wet.

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Fourteen miles of bike path into Talkeetna.

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Bike path view. That is the top of Mt. McKinley to the right.

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Talkeetna

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We rode to the Susitna River for a quick look.

The lunch views.

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Mt. McKinley again.

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Time to head back to the lake.

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Had to stop at the tasting room on the way back for that Twister Creek IPA and a Single Engine Red.

Made it back.  Another awesome adventure with my wonderful wife.

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The Lake

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6-24-14 South Rim Trail

Around 7 PM Jason, Tyler, Dave and I head off from the house for an evening ride.  Up into the Hillside Single Tracks, to Prospect Heights then on to the South Rim Trail.  Jason and Tyler are young and strong, both playing pro hockey after college.  Dave and I old and not so strong.  We still kept up.  The boys said they took it easy on us.  I don’t think so.

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Tyler

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Jason

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Dave and the boys.

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Me and the boys.

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Another awesome ride.  Finished up with a long downhill single track ride back to the house and halibut tacos for dinner.  Life is good.

6-22-14 Power Line Pass

We started at the house, rode to the Glenn Alps parking lot and then on to the back of the pass.  One of my favorite rides.  A great workout going up and then an awesome downhill on the return.  And you get to ride the Hillside Single Tracks on the way back.

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First of three pics of my beautiful wife riding up the pass.

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Some of the scenery on the way up.

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Top of the pass. Time to turn around.

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Small lake at the base of the pass.

On the way back we leave the trail for awhile, some walking but mostly riding.  Our Yeti SB95’s are great bikes and soak up the rough terrain.

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The way home.

Another awesome adventure with my beautiful bride.