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    Glacier Ride

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    Rode out to Knik Glacier yesterday. Was a chilly -11F. 5hrs out and 3hr back. ~40 miles round trip. Broke trail most of the way out there, with the last few miles being quite frustrating as there were drifts you'd punch through and ice-ruts beneath the snow that would force you to get off the bike. Got close to our turn-around time, but made it to the glacier. There was a group behind us that had it much better, able to use our tracks. Weaved around the rivers a bit too, finding where we could cross and avoid any open water. Since the glacier is 20 miles down the valley and you can see it nearly the whole time, it seemed the entire time that just we never got closer no matter how much we pedaled, until about the last 2 miles. Just a beautiful clear cold day on the bike.
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    Selfie I somehow managed to capture.
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    There wasn't much pushing and what we pushed we could generally ride on the way back.
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    There was a lot of weaving left and right to avoid open water and find places to cross. Water doesn't necessarily freeze at -11F.
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    Come on guys, it's only another 20 miles!
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    Jeremy and Tim riding.
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    Me at the glacier.
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    Awesome ride. I would say I am jealous, but that's damn cold. Too cold for me!
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    Beautiful pictures. It sure looked like a fun/challenging ride, thanks for sharing.

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    Great pics, jm. I hope it wasn't too windy, looks like no place to hide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Dillinger 5 + Dillinger 5=Dillinger 10?
    Dillinger 9 by rounding up after addition.

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    Great stuff.
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    Great photos, you guys are hardcore! Too cold for me and too far as well. I did a 26 mile ride on my road bike last summer and I was so ready to get off it at the end. 40 miles in those temps, breaking trail is amazing to me. I'm guessing the slight downhill on the way out must have been a little bit noticeable? Looks like you guys were riding through around 4" of powder snow on top of firm ground?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak-rider View Post
    Great photos, you guys are hardcore! Too cold for me and too far as well. I did a 26 mile ride on my road bike last summer and I was so ready to get off it at the end. 40 miles in those temps, breaking trail is amazing to me. I'm guessing the slight downhill on the way out must have been a little bit noticeable? Looks like you guys were riding through around 4" of powder snow on top of firm ground?
    Probably average around 4" or so, broke through ice at one point to some overflow and had to pedal out of it, but that was only a 10' section and about 6" deep. Later on we started encountering snow drifts, sections where there was more than a foot of wind-blown/crusted snow and we'd punch through occasionally. I don't think we ever had to push for more than about 100 feet, then we could get back and ride another quarter or half mile at least most of the time, but the last two miles included a lot of those drifts and we were on/off about half the time till the last mile, which was about a foot of snow over ice ruts (some packed, some loose). This was exceptionally frustrating because you'd slide towards the bottom of the ruts and you couldn't really see them with the new snow on top. But the flip side was that nearly all of this was easy to ride in the opposite direction with nothing more than maybe 100 feet total pushing on the 20 miles back. This was due to our tracks and a group of 3-4 riders that came in behind us. We basically made a trail. There was no downhill. It's way too flat. There was a slight tailwind on the way back, I did not like it because it caused me to overheat and fog up, especially when combined with those first few miles on the way back that were harder to ride than the rest, so I had to take off my outer layer a few times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by radair View Post
    Great pics, jm. I hope it wasn't too windy, looks like no place to hide!
    My first thoughts as well.

    Awesome job of trail breaking!

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