Juneau,Alaska...on a clear day

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  1. onegoodkick

    onegoodkick Rainforest rider

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    This is my first Ride report so be patient. Let me begin by saying that Juneau does not have a lot of roads. Approximately 40 miles from downtown to the end of the road. I am going to show you the longest version of our road by starting out North Douglas, heading towards town and then head out the road.

    Douglas is an island that is connected to Juneau via bridge. This is North Douglas:

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    Now heading back towards town we come to

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  2. onegoodkick

    onegoodkick Rainforest rider

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    a couple miles more:

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    a closer look at the Mendenhall Valley

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  3. onegoodkick

    onegoodkick Rainforest rider

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    a side trip up to the local ski hill, Eaglecrest:

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    we had record snowfall this year. Something like the deepest snow pack for a ski hill in the world or the US I can't remember. these were taken after it had closed for the season:

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    Looking down the Eaglecrest road

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  4. onegoodkick

    onegoodkick Rainforest rider

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    Heading to downtown Douglas. This is looking down the Gastineau channel towards the Taku river from the douglas boat harbor:

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    heading back towards Juneau and looking across the channel, The old A-J Mine complex:

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    It closed during WWII. At the time it was the largest gold mine of its type in the world. As it was in 1958:

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    Downtown Juneau

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  5. onegoodkick

    onegoodkick Rainforest rider

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    From downtown we head towards the Mendenhall valley. quick stop at the glacier. This is the Mendenhall Glacier from the usual tourist angle:

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  6. onegoodkick

    onegoodkick Rainforest rider

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    I stopped to show you the Auke Bay ferry terminal since this how you would get here if one was to visit. I was pleasantly surprized to see that we had added a " fast ferry ":rofl

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    actually you may have read about this one. These are the guys that ran aground and had to get a couple hundred passengers off into other boats and then be escorted to here. 4th fck-up in 3-4 years spells investigation by the NTSB.

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  7. EMIL

    EMIL On the Road

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    I loved Juneau when I went there last summer. Me and my buddy did some cave exploring underneath Mendenhall. The blue light coming through the ice is just surreal. If I can find pictures I'll post them up. There's probably some great offroad trails around there.
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  8. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    Beautiful, nice pics.:thumb
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  9. onegoodkick

    onegoodkick Rainforest rider

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    continuing out the road....

    Tee harbor:

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    I'm trying to be artsie crafty here. this would be a panoramic so use your imagination starting from the left at Eagle beach and swinging to the right.

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  10. onegoodkick

    onegoodkick Rainforest rider

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    a pic from Echo cove. The end of the road......or is it?

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    if you look about dead center of the above pic you can see the real end of the road....if one can ignore reading " road closed " signs and my favorite " no thru traffic "

    the rest of the road past the signs:

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    a few more miles and this is truly as far as one can go by bike.
    looking back towards Echo cove:

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    looking north towards Haines and Skagway....only a few more miles...

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  11. kairo

    kairo Adventurer

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    Beautiful area :clap
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  12. onegoodkick

    onegoodkick Rainforest rider

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    She wanted to keep on going but alas there was no more road yet traveled. It is true that Juneau doesn't have a lot of roads but the one we have has a view like no other. enjoy

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    this message brought to you by the Alaska Tourism Board, ADV branch:freaky
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  13. EdOriginal

    EdOriginal Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing your backyard.

    Neat:clap
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  14. dickosaurus

    dickosaurus Seasoned Noob

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    Good report and good photos of awesome scenery from a location I may get to see, but I'm not likely to get to ride.
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  15. richard cabesa

    richard cabesa The Mayor

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    Beautiful!!!

    I took the liberty of stiching your pano for ya

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  16. H-Jay

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    Thanks for taking us a long. Great sights!

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  17. EMIL

    EMIL On the Road

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    We camped at Eagle beach too. Amazing place. Thanks for the flashback. I'll be back someday, by bike this time.
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  18. choirboy

    choirboy Yankee Racers - Founder

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    When are they moving the Legislature to Wasilla? :ear :lol3
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  19. jeckyll

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    Great pictures. :clap
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  20. Cloud9

    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Awesome Photoshop work! Because, isn't there some laws of God and Nature that says 'There shall't never be sunny days in Juneau'... I think I read that some where?? :lol3


    Just kidding, great photos, report, and beautiful country.
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