Lil AK Winter Ride - 100mi @ 8f

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AKDuc, Nov 18, 2006.

  1. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    I think this is my first thread in 'Rides and Pics!'

    Akphotog had wanted to do this ride last weekend when instead we did the Eklutna ride as told here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=181147

    Each ride is an experiment in gear for me at these temps. Today I was testing out Scorpion's heated helmet visor which worked splendidly and some Sidi Crossfire boots which also did fairly well. I'm putting disposable mini toe warmers in each boot for these rides.

    My destination was the end of Crow Creek Mine Road in Girdwood located about 45mi south of Anchorage. I NEVER tire of the road between Anchorage and Girdwood as it's pretty twisty and oh so beautiful!

    The sun is pretty low on the horizon this time of year making for some pretty long shadows. This was taken at about 2:30pm. There are a lot of little waterfalls all along the highway. Fun ice climbing for some during the winter. Personally I prefer climbing somewhere a little more secluded.

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    I ran into a fellow ice climber and pulled over to have him take a photo of me. I was ridin solo so I didn't know how many opportunities I'd have to get a shot of me on the bike on this ride.

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    This is what the road looks like most the way down past Girdwood. That's Cook Inlet on the right chocked full of sea ice. While not quite accurate, it's said to have the 2nd highest tide in North America next to Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia with a range of over 30ft.

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    Crow Cr Rd is dirt and not maintained by the State. There are a few dozen people living back in the valley so the road stays pretty well pack down. The trees in this area are huge because of all the weather getting funneled thru Whittier to Girdwood from the Gulf of AK, meaning LOTS of precipitation! As you can see it was a bit overcast making it pretty "flat" out. I couldn't see the potholes and the road was pretty slippery as well. Fun but a little scary.

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    The next few shots are back in Crow Cr Valley. First a winter shot then a late summer shot from a few months ago.

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    Late summer:

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    Winter, looking across the valley:

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    Late summer:

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    Heading back out of the valley.

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    Late summer heading in:

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    One last shot of the snowy trees. "Everyone lean to the left!"

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    The sun's setting pretty early these days and made for a lovely ending to another wonderful day of ridin in the "Greatland." I look forward to meeting more of you when you come up and visit us here in "The Last Frontier!" Take care, Mark H.

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  2. MarkN

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    Those winter/summer shots are great, thanks for taking the effort to take them. It drives me nuts waiting at traffic lights waiting for them to change but to wait for the seasons to change......:lol3

    The heated helmet visor, how does it work? Does it just stop the visior from misting up?

    I bought a Gerbing heated jacket last week but after reading your report I now feel a total wimp!

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you defrost soon:evil

    Mark
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  3. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Hey Mark. Yeah the visor has a heat element that goes around the edge. The cord plugs into your bike like any other electric unit but this has a nice round "single" prong plug so it's a lot easier to use. These visors also have a great colored inner visor that's adjustable "on the fly." Great for when the sun's so low on the horizon during this time of year.

    I also have an electric vest but didn't even plug it in this trip. My toes and fingers have been my challenge, especially because I like to take a lot of photos. Even with a thin liner glove holding onto any metal makes for chilly fingers.

    Hey, love those Brit sportbike rags AND I also love my Triumph Daytona. :D

    See ya, Mark H.
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  4. Wheeldog

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    Hey Mark.......nice pics!!!:clap I like the idea of the summer/winter shots.:nod

    With all the wind in Turnagain Arm, I am surprised to see snow on the trees. I figured that whole area catches the wind.:dunno
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  5. Alcan Rider

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    Mark - I found some glove liners made of Outlast material at REI last year. Just getting around to trying them out this year but pretty impressed with them so far.
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  6. GB

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    :vardy Nice!! Great pics too :thumb
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    vegasphotog Las Vegas Cheechako

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    Yo Mark,

    Thanks for the well articulated report.....great pics and love the comparison shots. Do you think this is do-able later in the winter or did you get the last days? Thanks for posting!

    -Robert
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  8. Kilroy Was Here

    Kilroy Was Here Carpe Diem

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    Cool posting :rofl

    Wow Alaska.... dreaming, dreaming.......
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  9. MooseKiller

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    Absolutely stunning pix, Mark! I really like the summer/winter comparison shots... Great write up, too! Thanks for taking us along!! :clap
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    :thumb and I hate snow!


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  11. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Thanks guys! :D

    Seems a lot of folks like the summer/winter piccy thing! :wink:

    Fun contrast comparison!

    Mark H.
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  12. legion

    legion Messias Non Est

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    Nicely done, Mark !
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    Nice Mark! I see you didn't waste any time piping that thing!
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  14. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Hey dwayne! Thanks. Nice to hear from you.

    Yeah, I'm lovin this thing!

    Who knew I'd have so much fun givin up 100hp! :wink:

    Mark H.
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  15. BlueRider

    BlueRider Stromin' Alaska

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    Dang you Duc! I still haven't gotten out on my sled and I'm starting to get jealous. Nice job on this thread by the way. I may have to show you the other side of winter with a couple K" of rubber on the snow, cuz ther is only so many miles of pave' in AK.
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  16. Dessert Storm

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    :huh You're not kidding!

    Excellent report and pics though. Thanks for posting.
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    Rider2205 Been here awhile

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    Mark,
    You're a stud. When I was getting geared up this morning, my wife said, "You're riding to work? You know they're saying there might be snow flurries this afternoon." I pointed her to this thread!
    Cheers,
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    Very nice ride report Mark, love the pictures! More new gear, eh? :D
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    Beautiful scenery. I'd love to visit there, it would be even better on a bike. Please post more.
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  20. Hakatan

    Hakatan quality > quantity

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    Great thread. I spent three wonderful weeks backpacking in Alaska one summer. I can't imagine the looks you get riding your bike in the winter -- you should snap some pics of motorists' faces for your next ride report :lol3.
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