A week of bicycling in Alaska

Quick Facts

  • Route: Denali National Park – Valdez, Alaska (Denali Hwy – Richardson Hwy)
  • Distance: 350 miles (270 miles/430 kms on bicycle, 80 miles/130 kms hitchhiking),
  • Duration: 7 days/6 nights
  • Daily Average: 40 miles, 6-7 miles per hour, 6-7 hours of riding per day
  • Road Condition: 135 miles gravel, rest paved road.
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Elevation: start-2000ft, max-4000ft, end-sea level (max elevation gain at a stretch-1000ft)
  • Lodging: 5 nights tent pitching, 1 night at a lodge.
  • Food: Cooking along the way / packed snacks / at lodges.
  • Bicycle: Cannondale Silk Path 24″
  • Photo Travelogue: http://confusionart.com/photoblog/index.php?x=alaska

Overall Route

Overall route

Detailed Route

Detailed route

  • Day1: Denali National Park – Cantwell (A->B), 30 miles
  • Day2: Cantwell – Gracious House (B->C), 52 miles
  • Day3: Gracious House – Mc Lauren Lodge (C->D), 40 miles
  • Day4: McLauren Lodge – Paxson (D->E), 42 miles
  • Day5: 45 miles
    • Paxson – near Hogan -Hill (E->F), 20 miles
    • (Hitchhike)  Hogan Hill – Glennallen (F->G), 50 miles
    • Glennallen – Willow Creek (G->H), 25 miles
  • Day6: 30 miles
    • Willow Creek – Pump Station 12 (H->I), 25 miles
    • (Hitchhike) Pump Station 12 – Ptarmigan (I->J), 30 miles
    • Ptarmigan – Worthington Glacier (J->K), 5 miles
  • Day7: Worthington Glacier – Valdez (K->L), 35 miles
  • Day8: (Ferry) Valdez – Whittier (L->M)

A week of bicycling in Alaska [USA]

  • Date: June 28 – July 5, 2008
  • Route: Denali National Park – Valdez, Alaska (Denali Hwy – Richardson Hwy)
  • Distance: 350 miles (270 miles/430 kms on bicycle, 80 miles/130 kms hitchhiking),
  • Duration: 7 days/6 nights
  • Daily Average: 40 miles, 6-7 miles per hour, 6-7 hours of riding per day
  • Road Condition: 135 miles gravel, rest paved road.
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Elevation: start-2000ft, max-4000ft, end-sea level (max elevation gain at a stretch-1000ft)
  • Lodging: 5 nights tent pitching, 1 night at a lodge.
  • Food: Cooking along the way / packed snacks / at lodges.
  • Bicycle: Cannondale Silk Path 24″
  • Bicycle Rental Company: Downtown Bike Rental

These photos are with detailed descriptions.

The First HeartbeatFirst Glimpse of AnchorageThe night beforeDay 1 begins: The Alaska RailwaysChange of thoughtsThe Noble SteedOn roadWelcome to the real world.Day 2 begins: The darkest hourThe decisive momentFortune favors the braveNature factorFirst major uphillFirst official Denali Highway ViewpointTired = PhotographyHeroic ShotAmazingSeeing nature upcloseDue ImportanceRain - Cloudy - SunnyEnd of Day 2Day 3 begins: Susitna River BridgeThink of the devilThe high pointHail StormNature congratesLooking backEnd of day 3Day 4 begins: Maclaren River LodgeCumulus cloudsThe longest uphillWonderfulMaclauren summit and glacierHiking on Maclauren SummitSplendid beautyParentA group of bicyclistsAnother splendiferous shotI should smileA calm ending of Day 4Glennallen with Mt. DrumMt Drum and Mt SanfordThe Wrangell MountainsNo words for the titleEnd of Day 5Gap in Day 6The most beautiful 5 milesParadiseTaking it slowFearfulApproaching ClimaxI am still thereBeauty EverywhereThe Climax - Worthington GlacierMy impressionsFull of lifeMy home for the nightDinner timeDay 7 beginsAlto cumulus CloudsNearing Thompson PassStanding knightlyAnother classic shotThompson PassEntering Keystone CanyonFrozen fall upcloseSome HistoryBridal Veil FallsAnother water fallOfficial ending of the BikingIn ValdezJuly 4th PreparationHalibutValdez - the port townHappy 4th of JulyFireworksCelebrating IndependenceView from ValdezThe last crackersDay 8 begins: Ferry LoadingEerieIceberg! Right Ahead!God bless AmericaWhittierA satisfying endingPosing ;)Another poseFinal PoseThe mighty one