Biking to Alaska

Archive for May, 2007


Posted by Alan on 21st May 2007

IMG_0062 I think it would be a bit foolish to head off on a 3.5 month bike tour without first testing my gear, my bike and myself. So this past weekend I packed up all the gear I’ll be taking on my trip, loaded it on my bike and rode into the mountains west of Denver. It was only about a 38 mile ride to get to Golden Gate Canyon State Park, but some of those miles are VERY steep. A 19% grade in spots, to be exact. If I had known about the 19% grade before I got there, I might have picked a different location to camp, but I made it OK in the end and it didn’t kill me (and the ride home the next day going downhill was a lot of fun).

The campground was a bit more crowded than I would have liked (and way too noisy late into the night), but I was glad they had showers so I could rinse off once I got my camp set up. There’s nothing like a warm shower after a tiring bike ride to make you feel almost human again. Maybe I’ll rethink my plan to “stealth” camp in the woods for free as much as possible while on my trip.

Lessons learned this trip:

1. Never leave your tent unzipped. You never know when a squirrel will think it’s funny to poop in your tent while you’re off brushing your teeth.

2. The section of a campground with families and kids running around during the day might actually be the quieter section at night while they’re all asleep. The section further back might be more quiet in the day, but full of noisy drunk stupid loud annoying idiotic (did I mention noisy?) people who aren’t “camping” so much as they are partying in the woods.

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Coming Attractions

Posted by Alan on 18th May 2007

If you’re visiting this website, you probably know who I am and you also know about the upcoming bike trip I’m planning. People keep asking me how they can keep track of where I am. They ask if I’ll be checking in from time to time. It’s like they think I’ll disappear into the wilderness or something!

Well, fear not, for this website will allow you to keep track of my progress and read my experiences and adventures from the road. I’m hoping to be able to post new journal entries from the road, so check back often or subscribe to my RSS feed. (Click here for more info on using RSS.) Also, you’ll be able to click on the trip map page (link in top menu) to see a map of the locations of my journal entries.

I’ll be working on adding a few more features to this site to allow you to keep in touch with me while I’m traveling. Stay tuned!

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