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On a sunny Sunday morning I borrow a bag from my dad and a bike from my mom and catch the train to Seward. The four hour ride passes mountains and glaciers and streams from one port to another. 

In Seward, I eat a pastrami sandwich and start pedaling into the wind at noon to begin my 127 mile ride home.

Two miles down the road, I ditch my pants and fleece by the side of the bicycle path for the climb out of town.

Thirty miles down the road I stop for coffee in Moose Pass. It’s early tourist season in Alaska; little traffic and roadside merchandise is sparse. The offerings are a mix of country and city. Homemade rhubarb pies share shelves with Little Debbie. Everything is monster sized. I pack a snickers and roll on.

Riding a road bike is fun, especially on a sunny day, even into the wind. I listen to music, sprint up hills, sneak nips from my flask and soar free.

I stop for a frittata and a bagel and a juice at a log cabin.

Chilled by sunset, I buy a sweatshirt at the gas station in Girdwood.

Ten miles out of town it is dusk in Potter’s Marsh– as dark as it gets this time of year in south-central Alaska.

I make it home before midnight, my skin soaked in sun and evening chill, my brain and legs a little numb, but happy.

I would do it again, even into the wind, especially on a sunny day.

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to the beach!

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Kincaid sand dunes

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Knik River beaver ponds

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Point Woronzof

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Tracks and Tracks

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Kincaid Bluff Trail, March 2014

There are tracks and tracks and tracks and tracks and tracks and tracks and tracks, all over the world.

Sung as a round. Second person begins when first person sings: “There are tracks and tracks…”.

Song almost never ends.

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Anchorage Coastal Plain


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Knik River floodplain


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Kincaid Beach


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Kincaid sand dunes


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Alaska RR to Seward, on the way to Resurrection Pass Trail


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Spenard Road, Anchorage


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Middle Fork Trail, Chugach State Park


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Arctic Valley


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Arctic Valley


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Kincaid Beach


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Middle Earth Trail, Kincaid Park


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Knik River


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Kincaid Point

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Out on the Coastal Trail

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Half a mile from midtown Anchorage, is the Coastal Trail. It’s only a couple minute ride, but some days it is a world away.

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water under the bridge.

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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

Anchorage, Alaska

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Baby bike hat


He’s our guy.  And we miss him.  And we love him.  


This is my nephew Joshua.  He’s the good.

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