Thursday, May 10, 2012

Biking the Denali Park Road

My scientist son Peter lives and works in Fairbanks, Alaska. This past weekend, he took his Hummer out for a spin with some of his friends. Here's Peter's quick note:

Some friends and I biked the Denali Park road this weekend. They let bikes on while they are still working on plowing it for the tourist buses. It's a much nicer ride when you don't have to deal with bus traffic. It was a good year for wild life. I saw a golden eagle, sheep, caribou and grizzly bears. Very cool! My friend sent me some pictures off her camera, including some good shots of one of the bears we saw (In a steep canyon below the road, close enough for good photos but still safe). The other bears we saw were moving along a ridge line very far away. Thankfully, we did not run into the one that had been hanging out on top of one of the mountain passes near the road. 

Thanks to Peter's friend Vanessa Stevens for her kind permission to share some of her pictures here.

Keep 'em rolling,

Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah WA USA


Pam said...

What a fantastic idea - I didn't even think of taking a bike in the park. Those bus shuttles were too much - we were trying to go back country and spend tons of time on the shuttle - only to get completely rained out.

Great post! said...

I really like Alaska, it's long sweeping roads are challenging to ride in parts but the lack of motor vehicles makes it feel like it should, natural.

Combine this with the views of snow-capped mountains and it's got to be one of the best places in the US to take your bike.

Wyne said...

I am a huge fan of bikes.crazy about these environmental-friendly transportation means.