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Old 04-30-2015, 11:51 PM   #1
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Talking Riding Alaska - Girdwood & Portage Glacier

A great scenic ride for anyone looking to do a day trip.

for whom may not know.. wiki...

Girdwood is an unincorporated year-round ski resort community within the Municipality of Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska. It lies in a valley in the Chugach Mountains near the end of the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, 36 miles (61 km) southeast of Anchorage proper.

Portage Glacier is a glacier on the Kenai Peninsula of the U.S. state of Alaska[1] and is included within the Chugach National Forest. It is located south of Portage Lake and 6 km (4 mi) west of Whittier.

It's sad to say, Portage Glacier may no longer live up to its name.


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Old 05-01-2015, 07:40 AM   #2
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That's a fun video, thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:05 AM   #3
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Very enjoyable ride especially during the mornings of weekdays. Little traffic and I had much to myself. On the way back. More riders headed down south for the evening run.
I've always enjoy riding to Portage.
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:10 PM   #4
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Very cool vid.

You demonstrate power (lots) to weight is good.

More power to you,
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:07 PM   #5
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Its shocking how much portage glacier has retreated inside my lifetime. We skated out to it this winter a few times. Ice was thin some folks fell in. The knik glacier has retreated alot too. Areas we skated there this winter were under the glacier in 1996. My friend superimposed our gps track over aerial imagery from 1996 and it was pretty eye opening.
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Old 05-02-2015, 01:39 AM   #6
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Very nicely done. Woulda been way cool if the Girdwood parking lot had been full of bikes, as it can be at times.

Thank you for sharing and yeah, my brother and I love that ride too. Mark H.



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Old 05-02-2015, 12:07 PM   #7
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Nice. Did you make a gopole or buy one? I used a telescopic trekking pole (carbon fiber, $20 for a pair of them from costco)and mounted the remote on the hand end of it. Then I also have a way to mount the pole on the bike so I can drive w both hands. Also I have a have a mount for the remote just above the throttle so I can use it with my thumb without taking my hands off the bars.
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:30 PM   #8
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Nice. Did you make a gopole or buy one? I used a telescopic trekking pole (carbon fiber, $20 for a pair of them from costco)and mounted the remote on the hand end of it. Then I also have a way to mount the pole on the bike so I can drive w both hands. Also I have a have a mount for the remote just above the throttle so I can use it with my thumb without taking my hands off the bars.
It's a cheap pole from eBay
Works good so far. But a bit filmsy. I'll be buying a different one soon.

I also thether it to my Gearkeeper , which automatically retract itself when I want to get my hands back on the bars.
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