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. 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. 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. 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. The next few shots are back in Crow Cr Valley. First a winter shot then a late summer shot from a few months ago. Late summer: Winter, looking across the valley: Late summer: Heading back out of the valley. Late summer heading in: One last shot of the snowy trees. "Everyone lean to the left!" 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.