Sunday Funday

Jen, being a non-mom, picked up an overtime shift at her air traffic control job today, so we biked in together, as I was wanting to go on a longish ride, anyway. She asked if I was going straight home or on a long ride and I said I'd take a 'kinda indirect way home.' I should have realized there would eventually be more emphasis on the 'kinda indirect' than 'way home.' What started as a casual ride with Jen and then turning around to go home and get things done quickly became a pleasant 50 mile exploration, taking full advantage of the beautiful weather.

I got a good amount of dirt & gravel in, along with hopping some logs and splashing some puddles. All in all, it was an incredibly nice day with lots of enjoyable, comfortable miles. I even passed a road biker who was cruising along at a brisk pace... except I was riding on the dirt trail parallel to the road... on a mountain bike with 2.25" tires... and fully loaded for four days of touring, including food & water. That felt great. I think I'm ready for Oregon.

Headed to the tower

Ready for the 360 mile Oregon Outback this week

Grumman Goose in town from Anchorage

Nice sidetrack and diversion from the pavement

Almost full leaves

A mid-ride drink sounded like a good idea. Finishing it on the hill climb leaving the store was even better.

What a nice day

Now to go surprise Jen at the tower and ride back home with her... and make it a 70 mile day.

The Beginning of a New Path

I assembled my first bike without professional help, straight from the box.
The best part is that it's not just a cool bike; it's my dream bike: the Salsa Fargo Ti.

Just built. (c) Josh Spice 2014

With the roads still covered in ice and snow and the temp hovering just above single digits, I was a little hesitant to take it for its first ride today, but decided to deviate from normality and ride the road instead of the snowy fatbike trails.

I'm so happy with that decision. Step out of the box and experience something different.

As fast as my Beargrease Carbon is, it has nothing on the speed of the Fargo, even on ice and snow. The Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires do very well on the frozen hardpack, even lacking studs.

20 miles of smiles on day one. (c) Josh Spice 2014

I'm very excited for the years to come and all the places this bike and I will go together.

In Search of the New

Over an hour later, 'Oh, THAT'S where that trail goes...'
Exploring the backyard; Adventure by Bike.

Don't know where this trail goes, but I'm game. (c) Josh Spice 2014

Don't know where this trail goes, but I'm game. (c) Josh Spice 2014

Quintessential Interior Alaskan landscape. (c) Josh Spice 2014

Quintessential Interior Alaskan landscape. (c) Josh Spice 2014

Overflow. Standing water or water saturating the snow. Can be rock hard, frozen, or deep and slushy or even liquid. Makes even the most experienced Alaskans hesitate. This stretch happened to be rock hard, but it can change by the hour. (c) Josh Spice 2014

Overflow. Standing water or water saturating the snow. Can be rock hard, frozen, or deep and slushy or even liquid. Makes even the most experienced Alaskans hesitate. This stretch happened to be rock hard, but it can change by the hour. (c) Josh Spice 2014

Good morning, Fairbanks

Just leaving my cabin this morning, going downhill on the way to work, I had to hit the brakes and take this moment in, before continuing onto the forested trail at the end of the road.

The landscape is pink with the rising sun, as the Alaska Range towers in the distance above Fairbanks. Canon SL1 with Canon 50mm 1.8 @ f/2.0 (c) Josh Spice 2014

The landscape is pink with the rising sun, as the Alaska Range towers in the distance above Fairbanks. Canon SL1 with Canon 50mm 1.8 @ f/2.0 (c) Josh Spice 2014