Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Tough Cycling Spot

When I was in Alaska last month, I had my two youngest nephews with me, and didn't do a whole lot of "rugged" travel.



When I was in Alaska last month, I had my two youngest nephews with me, and didn't do a whole lot of "rugged" travel.  We did, though, get to do a little cycling in Anchorage on some dedicated cycling paths near the coast, and had a lot of fun with that. 

Anchorage is a great city for cycling.  It's easy to rent bikes in the city, especially near the coast where the path is, and the path is a beautiful spot for a day's cycling trip. We picked our bikes up at Hertz, and got a good price on them.


We did have a lot of fun on our half day or so of cycling, and I am very glad we got to do it.  We loved seeing the seaside, with the birds and wildlife that make their home there coming out to welcome us.

What looked really appealing to me, though, as a cycling spot, were some of the other parts of Alaska, particularly the spots north of Anchorage, Palmer, and Wasilla.
We saw a number of cyclists in and around Denali National Park as we drove there. With the little guys along, this wasn't a time for me to consider doing the sort of cycling that Denali would require — and I've been really out of shape for it all year long anyway — but seeing some of the folks on two wheels in the area really whet my appetite for the adventure.  I have to admit that I was more than a little jealous seeing the women and men on their bikes, struggling up the hills.  I can just imagine the exhilaration that comes with reaching one of the peaks, to be greeted with the spectacular views that fill Denali.  Even from the car it was pretty fantastic.  How much more so from a bike, when the struggle uphill multiplies the rewards of reaching the top.

Unfortunately, it wasn't quite suitable for our itinerary this time round.  But who knows?  Maybe one day....







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