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Old 04-26-2015, 05:48 PM   #1
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Summer Rides in Alaska

I'm just throwing this up for people that are riding and want to share their experience's

I was going to go up the Hatcher Pass Saturday 04-25 but decided to wait until Sunday to see if I could catch up with Jag Lite as he said he was going there.

Anyway the road between Willow and the Lucky shot mine was a mixed bag of great dirt, soft dirt, gravel and mud. Pretty typical Alaskan primitive road. I made it as far as it was possible to travel



On the uphill approach ran into about 200' of 3" deep snow, wasn't bad coming uphill but going downhill it was kind of shaky






http://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/b...s-04-26-2015/#





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Old 04-26-2015, 09:23 PM   #2
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Made it to the top of Ester Dome yesterday. Glad to be back on knobbies!



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Old 04-26-2015, 10:20 PM   #3
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Cool2 Sunday ride report

I was there, where were you?

Just kidding.

I was COLD and I had no more layers to put on.
So I decided not to go up into the mountains where it would be even colder...

Instead I continued on to Talkeetna for a look around.



I was there around 2:20, or was it 2:16? Hmmm, I need another watch...



All the neat old buildings to take pictures of and all I shot was my bike in front of the Post Office... go figure.



This was my first ride with the roll top bag and it makes an excellent back rest

I had my sleeping bag and hammock and even another helmet in case my modular gave me a headache, but no more warm layers to wear.

I also had my new sheepskin seat pad in the bag so I put it on for the ride home to see how much difference it makes.
Hmmmm, I couldn't tell any difference at all.

So, after rolling the roll top back up and hooking it in place I mounted up for the return trip.

I had seen an interesting little building on the way out so when I saw it again I stopped to shoot a picture or three.





I think it is a drive through coffee place looking for a location.
Neat little building but rather out of place in Alaska it seems to me.

And this old boat on the Old Glenn just north of Eagle River caught my eye too:



I wanted to take a picture of this VW shortvan for years and I finally did it today



A great ride on a mostly sunny day and I haven't stopped in Talkeetna in several years so it was nice to see it again.
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:20 PM   #4
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That was a coffee shop that used to be at the new interchange where the road splits between Palmer and Wasilla.

The temperatures were 40deg where I ran out of drivable road and 58deg going thru Willow + what ever the wind chill was.

In Alaska it's great to have some heated gear
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:58 AM   #5
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That little coffee hut sold 186,000 cups of coffee per year when it was by the highway. It was such a convenient location and you could call in your order and it would be ready when you got there. Loved that place.

There was an article about that boat in the adn a couple years ago. Sad to see stuff like that rot away.

Did you ride out to chase from talkeetna or do any other trails? There are tons of trails in talkeetna I had a real cool time there last summer.
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:19 AM   #6
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Rode out to Talkeetna to see the mountain yesterday. Saw Alaskahack headed south on my way north.
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:05 PM   #7
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Burma Road

This is something we did last year at this time. Just thought I would put it up for your info/ enjoyment



http://adventures.garmin.com/by/alaskahack/burma-road/



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Old 04-27-2015, 01:48 PM   #8
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That little coffee hut sold 186,000 cups of coffee per year when it was by the highway. It was such a convenient location and you could call in your order and it would be ready when you got there. Loved that place.

There was an article about that boat in the adn a couple years ago. Sad to see stuff like that rot away.

Did you ride out to chase from talkeetna or do any other trails? There are tons of trails in talkeetna I had a real cool time there last summer.
Great info about the coffee hut, and sad info about the boat.
The cost of maintaining, let alone rebuilding an old wooden boat is so very high so many of them are suffering the same fate.

I didn't do any trail riding out there so I will have to plan on that for another trip.
I did ride the atv trail along the highway for a bit to warm up though.
Amazing how standing and riding even relatively smooth dirt warms you right up, eh?

The air temp was not too cold, it was the wind chill riding at 55-70 that was getting to me.

I really enjoyed my Burma road adventure too.
No GPS or maps so we got lost a few times but had a great day.
I brought a friend and trailered two of my bikes out and rode after unloading in a parking lot.
Coming back home in a warm and dry car in the cold rain on the boring highway was sure nice too.
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Old 04-27-2015, 02:27 PM   #9
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Heated gear works in Alaska

http://www.cyclefish.com/RoadCaptain/blog/768/
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Old 04-27-2015, 03:09 PM   #10
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But never tired of riding.

I thought that was an Alaskan mobile home.
I've seen that VW mini micro bus in Anchorage.
"Rode out to Talkeetna to see the mountain yesterday."
- I could swear there was more than one mountain visible from the PH.
How are the bears around the Little Susitna?
Last time I was there they tried to jump in my raft and steal my salmon.
Don't eat a PB&J sandwich along the road either - they like them too.

Here's a little info for anyone looking to rent bikes in Anchorage -
http://backroadbob.tumblr.com/page/11
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Old 04-27-2015, 04:55 PM   #11
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Rental information update

Just a point of clairification: We allow most of our bikes to travel beyond the Arctic Circle, with a surcharge for the extra wear and tear, extra cleaning, ect

We rent everything from the water cooled R1200GS Adventure to the KLR 650.
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But never tired of riding.

I thought that was an Alaskan mobile home.
I've seen that VW mini micro bus in Anchorage.
"Rode out to Talkeetna to see the mountain yesterday."
- I could swear there was more than one mountain visible from the PH.
How are the bears around the Little Susitna?
Last time I was there they tried to jump in my raft and steal my salmon.
Don't eat a PB&J sandwich along the road either - they like them too.

Here's a little info for anyone looking to rent bikes in Anchorage -
http://backroadbob.tumblr.com/page/11
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Old 04-27-2015, 06:17 PM   #12
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Why don't you folks hustling services or rentals start your own threads, instead of hijacking one.
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:22 PM   #13
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Just a point of clairification: We allow most of our bikes to travel beyond the Arctic Circle, with a surcharge for the extra wear and tear, extra cleaning, ect



We rent everything from the water cooled R1200GS Adventure to the KLR 650.

Best Regards,

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Keith,

At the risk of you being accused of hijacking the thread, I will be there with 3 friends in 31 days renting from you and Nancy.

I'm excited about my first time riding in Alaska and open to suggestions from the forum on good rides and "must see" destinations.

See you on May 30th...


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Old 04-30-2015, 02:38 AM   #14
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King in the Spring

I did a trip out to King River and then up the trail to ruby lake where the snow got to be too much fairly quickly right when you get to the lake which still had soft ice on it. Trail was kind and dry and though I rode all winter this was the first one that felt like spring. It wsa sunny and just a great trip. On the way back I rode alot of ditch, powerline, and trail from sutton, then into palmer, did some town trails, had a burger, and then home all in an evening. Pretty fine altogether. See the video here.


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Old 04-30-2015, 07:05 AM   #15
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Another good one

Love seeing those old trails, rode a lot of then with my mountain bike

To bad you can't get into Eklutna.

Eklutna village has some pretty impressive spirit houses.

Keep those videos coming
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