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    Smile Four seasons of riding in Alaska (in pics)

    I have lived in Kodiak, Alaska for about 20 years now. For those of you who have no idea where Kodiak Island is, here's a map:



    Let's star with fall, since that is the season we are sliding into...

    Fall













    Life hardly ever changes down in the forest. We just wear more clothes in the fall:

























    Termination dust on the surrounding peaks foreshadows the inevitable.



    Finally, some snow even appears on the lower trails...

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    Winter

    Since we live along the coast, the winter can give us weather whiplash. We can can long cold spells with considerable snow, but then mid-winter thaws and mild spells will melt all the snow down at sea level and even a good distance up the mountains.



    The days get shorter...



    ....and the lights come out:





    Sometimes we have mid-winter thaws and we can get back to the mountain tops:



    And live in the forest still seems pretty much the same:



    A dusting of snow can make it through the tree canopy:







    The low-angled northern sun is weak, but welcome, and adds an evening mood:





    We can have long, dry, cold spells and the rivers literally dry up:



    The everything freezes rock hard, and you can ride pretty much anywhere:







    When the snow really falls, and the surface is firm enough, we convert the trusty Turners to Snauxbikes:



























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    Spring

    Spring is a tough time. The snow is going to mush, the trails to mush, and winter can be tough to shake. Just when you think it's down for the count, it takes another swing at you.



    Even after a lot of the snow has melted, the trails can be covered in 6 inches of rock rubbery ice. Riding in shorts and studded tires on a warm spring day on an absolutely frictionless trail, freshly Zambonied:





    Spring is mud season and we have to be careful not to make a mess.



    The ice on the beaver pond is still melting:











    Our town:





    Finally, the green starts to take hold:















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    Summer

    I'm not going to lie to you, summer is pretty cool.









    Life in the forest is still pretty much unchanged. Just warmer.



















    Our town again, in summer dress:































    Thanks for sitting through this, folks. Greetings from Alaska!

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    winter/spring/summer aren't showing up for me

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    Nice pics, the terrain looks beautiful.

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    Be patient. I'm working on the other posts.
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    That is fantastic. I love the photos that have been posted at this point, though I wanted to see biking in a parka... don't let me down!

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    Thanks for sharing your part of the world. You look like a very good rider and you sure show true passion for the sport of cycling and for life!

    Don't ever stop riding!

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    thanks! that was a great passion hit.
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    WOW! It's beautiful up there. Passion indeed... Thanks

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    3 seasons in 6 seconds

    Okay, here is the short version. It's a gif that loops, consisting of 3 pics, winter, spring, and summer.

    These pics were taken at the exact same spot in the trail. You can see that the alder in the upper right never moves.

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    Man I really enjoyed that !

    Been waiting for a Kodiak hit for a while now, but well worth it

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    What a beautiful area and town. Looks like some pretty steep climbs there. I bet the bridges get slippery.

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    gotta ask...bears?

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    Big time wow. Best passion post I've seen in a while. What an amazing looking place. I'm extremely impressed with the photos, the trails, the landscape, and the riding.

    I beleive these photos have just caused a mental: push(@places_to_ride, "Kodiak Island");

    So were you seeking the remote getaway, or did work bring you to this wonderful place?

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    Just did a quick Wikipedia before posting and Kodiak Island is the home of the - wait for it - Kodiak Bear.

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    that's why i wanna know

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    Good Stuff cheesy

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    Beautious!

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    best post ever.

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    Ah, Tcheezy posts, all's right with the world. Great stuff, as always. I highly recommend it with a cup of coffee.

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    Gorgeous. Bet you can see Russia from up there

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    Jeez, pace yourself. This could have been spread out into a dozen excellent passion hits.

    Thx P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wyatt79m
    best post ever.
    ditto, awesome

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    tscheezy;

    Awesome pics...do you ever worry about running into a grizzly, or do I watch too much of the Discovery Channel...
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    Miles of smiles. Excellent passion posting
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    Brilliant! Another place on the "must ride" list...

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    Looks like great fun awesome scenery! Thanks for sharing

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    looks gorgeous!

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    thanks for sharing.

    well done.....outstanding....that was great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbec
    gotta ask...beers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyatt79m
    best post ever.
    About 1/2 way through I was thinking this is the best post I've seen. So +1 on what wyatt said!!!

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    more reasons on why i need to visit alaska

    thanks for sharing

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    double post!
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    Good job! !!!

    wow!
    outstanding post

    Nominate this one for post of the year.

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    Wow!! Spectacular. Very beautiful...the scenery too. I could almost feel the cool breeze in my face looking at some of those photos. Thanks for sharing.
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    awesome thread! THANKS for sharing!

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    Wow! Nice work. There are some GREAT photos in there. Riding and scenery look spectacular!


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    Holy Passion post batman.

    Excellent pics Tscheezy

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    Awesome post!!! Nicely done!!

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    Very Nice!!!
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    You are lucky folks, beautiful scenery and your're hardcore enough to enjoy it regardless of the season.

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    Nice!The mossy forest shots are the best though.
    And it's always cool to see girls with skills.Not nearly enough of them
    I guess I could add another mtb destination to my list, but I mostly have time to travel in autumn/winter, and despite all the nice pics I still think that might not be the best time to visit Alaska

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    What great pictures; I'm jealous! And all this time I thought I was lucky to ride year round because I live in the South...

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    How many bikes does Barney have?

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    Great post, Tscheezy.

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    Great, now I've got to add Kodiak Island to the places-to-ride wish list??? Damn you Cheezy!

    Awesome. Love the moss-carpeted pine forests. I've found some places like that here in VT recently, but...no, not nearly.....

    And the high ocean views....spectacular.

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    AWESOME!!! Thanks!!!

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    Important things to do in bear country:

    *Avoid startling bears
    *Wear jingle bells on your shoes so they hear you coming
    *Carry pepper spray
    *Know what types of bears are in the area by examining their poo
    *Black Bear poo is filled with berries
    *Grizzly Bear poo is filled with jingle bells and smells like pepper spray
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    Great posts tscheezy. Thoroughly enjoyed this thread.

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    beautiful pictures. thanks!
    count me out on the winter season.

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    did you encounter any wildlife?

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    Fantastic thread, interesting and photogenic subjects.

    How high are the mountains on Kodiak Island?
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    I'm coming to visit! Wash the sheets!

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    It's been said, but I'll say it again............... FANTASTIC POST thanks a load for that passion hit Tscheezy, you're a lucky guy
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    One question.. Do you have mosquito's?

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    So you used all the good weather days for the last three years combined to get that many shots?

    Nice place ya got there.

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    Awesome Pics !

    Thanks for Sharing
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    Forget about the pics.
    A woman like that is hard to find.
    One question...are you married?

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    I wanted to see biking in a parka... don't let me down!
    I have failed.

    gotta ask...bears?
    Dunno, the grass tends to be awfully tall.

    So were you seeking the remote getaway, or did work bring you to this wonderful place?
    I did graduate school up here and now work as a fishery research biologist for the Department of Fish and Game. My job pretty much rulz.

    Bet you can see Russia from up there
    We were a colony. This was all Russian not that long ago.

    How many bikes does Barney have?
    She's slumming it with only an RFX, 5-Spot, and Flux these days. Well, those are her full-boinger offroad bikes anyway...

    did you encounter any wildlife?
    Yes.

    Do you have mosquito's?
    Hardly any at all around town. Some parts of the island can be pretty bad though.

    So you used all the good weather days for the last three years combined to get that many shots?
    As far as Alaska goes, Kodiak has pretty nice weather.

    One question...are you married?
    Yes, and before you ask, her twin sister is engaged.

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    Great pictures, looks like you guys had an epic year of riding

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    That was great! Thank you!

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    Nice, always wondered if AK had good mtbing. Now just build some freeride stunts and I'm moving there!

    Have FUN!

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    That is SWEEEET!!!

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    Nice shots! Thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo
    Important things to do in bear country:

    *Avoid startling bears
    *Wear jingle bells on your shoes so they hear you coming
    *Carry pepper spray
    *Know what types of bears are in the area by examining their poo
    *Black Bear poo is filled with berries
    *Grizzly Bear poo is filled with jingle bells and smells like pepper spray
    That's hysterical!
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    Aloha Tcheez!!

    Awesome as usual, am wanting to ride up there some day................

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    Sweeeetttt Post

    Man the riding pictures up there always look awesome. I hung out up there for a week at Thanksgiving. We rode snowmobiles around and on Lake Wasila (think that is spelled right). May have to go back with bikes at some point.

    What months is the best riding weather there?
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    lake wasilla. 2 L's. you can find good riding pretty much all year up here if you're willing to drive for it. if you want to stay in whatever town you're in, just like anywhere else, there will be mud and unrideable trails for a month or two in spring. with the big mtns up here though, if it's muddy down low, theres a good chance it'll be frozen and packed up high. and if it's muddy up high, a good chance it'll be dry down low.

    tscheezy doesn't really have the luxury of driving out to different terrain on his little tropicarctic paradise there though....

    great photos.

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    Superior. And no offense, but Mrs. tscheezy is hot.
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    Awesome! Makes me want to visit Alaska just to ride.

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    Do I see some devil's club in some of those photos? ouch.

    I visited Kodiak briefly a while back - worked in a cannery there. This was before mountain biking.

    And twins?? wow!
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    Amazing!

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    Looks so amazing thanks for posting the pics... funnily enough I live in Australia and actually knew where Kodiak Island was... it's my Island-tution.

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    Thank you for that!
    I purchased my first mountain bike in Kodiak so many of these pic's bring back some great memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    Okay, here is the short version. It's a gif that loops, consisting of 3 pics, winter, spring, and summer.

    These pics were taken at the exact same spot in the trail. You can see that the alder in the upper right never moves.

    wow that's cool.

    thanks so much for posting the pics, I live in relative paradise but my jaw hit the floor looking at these! Enjoy the fall.

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    Awesome P--thanks for sharin'!

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    sweet pics! just made my day!

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    Thanks for sharing. You guys sure make the most of the those seasons. Love it.

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    Awesome. Thanks for the post. Wow. Awesome. I've been to Alaska once before (long road trip from Florida), and I loved it there. Now if I could just convince my wife...

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    hahaha snow tires still make me laugh, they look so funny!
    those moss forests were pretty awsome. looks like a nice place to ride.

    very passionate post

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    Wow unreal!!!!

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    The most jealous I've been in a very long time!!
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    My new favorite picture thread on here. Awesome - thanks for taking the time to post all of these!

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    Thanks for posting, great pics!
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    where exactly is this in alaska?
    Ive been there several times, my cousins live in archorage and used to live in homer
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    Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

    Looks like you Alaska riders are pretty good at adapting to your surroundings. I would not have thought you could ride year around - but you do. Guessing theres just a few of you - and a lot of countryside to ride. Thanks for the post.!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDizzleVR6
    where exactly is this in alaska?
    Ive been there several times, my cousins live in archorage and used to live in homer

    the very first image he posted, on the very first page of the thread is a big map.....

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    Awesome post, I thought it was all snow and ice up thataway.
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    Yeah, Girl! Can't thank you enough for taking the time to post these. Two questions: 1) Does anyone in town have a full RV hookup (is there a ferry?) and 2) I don't supppose you folks any need of a massage therapist?

    I live full time in my rig (fifth-wheel) I spent last winter in Montana. Was testing it out for snow-worthiness and lived through a few pretty nasty (-23F) arctic fronts. For that reason I was checking North American temps pretty regularly throughout the winter and was amazed to see that coastal AK not only isn't nearly as brutal as I thought it was in the winter months -- it's downright balmy at times. Looks like a beautiful place.

    Actually, after this, I'm kind of likin' the idea of spending the summer there. Highs in the 60's -- nice.

    Here are some demographics for anyone interested: http://www.city-data.com/city/Kodiak-Alaska.html

    20 cars stolen every year -- on an island. How does that work? ha...

    Thanks again. I'm always looking for roads less traveled. Looks like this is one of them.

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    Looks like Paradise!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunlew
    Looks like Paradise!!!
    I second that!

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    Absolutely awesome post!

    The very reason I joined this forum, and one of the key reasons I keep visiting it, are pic and passion filled posts like this!


    What a wonderful life you have up there!

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    very, very nice.

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    Does anyone in town have a full RV hookup (is there a ferry?)
    I sorta doubt it. There are a couple of state parks that may have a hose at each site, but I think even the host lives a pretty Spartan existence. We do have ferry service, but it is such a long trip down from the mainland that we don't get much tourist traffic (thankfully).

    I don't supppose you folks any need of a massage therapist?
    Hmmm... tempting.

    20 cars stolen every year -- on an island. How does that work?
    Basically just joyriders.

    What months is the best riding weather there?
    I like mid June and July. The vegetation generally hasn't gone totally insane yet and it is fairly dry with lots of daylight.

    Thanks, folks!


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    Greetings and Hello from the Desert Southwest! Enjoying your post in pics ...

    So you've receintely made news with the lack of Salmon. What gives? Global Warming trickle down effect?? Or is it all still a blury mystery?

    Let me know if you and Barney are headed for a Winter escape. Lot's of sun to share.

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    Dood, zul, yer in Sedona? Got a big couch? Trade you some canned smoked salmon for a furniture timeshare?

    BTW- when you say "salmon," that's pretty generic. There are 5 species, each managed separately, and literally thousands of different rivers they go up. Some are on their lips, others booming. They go up, they go down. There is hardly any rhyme or reason to it as most of the fluctuation seems to be determined by at-sea survival, which is a huge black box. Once they get into coastal areas, they are well managed imo.

    Barny (the rider pictured) is a commercial fisherman fyi.



    Edit: wait, zul, I think you were the one who led Barny and me around Sedona during AZSF 2007. We were the last two hangers-on at the end there, we were both on Turner 6-Packs. We'll be right down.
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    Wonderful pics, thanks for sharing. I officially envy you.

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    I have added autumn to this gif. Again, it is taken at the same spot in the trail in winter, spring, summer, and now fall as well.

    Enjoy.

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    Will the Grizzlies maul you in any season?

    just kidding. Looks like it is a challenge in spring/early summer.

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    Awesome shots. I've been to Kodiak once fishing. Very cool place!

    I would kill to ride there.

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    Hi,

    ammmazing pics and amazing place to live and to ride too!!!

    Greetings from Spain.

    PS: what about the insects?

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    Incredible shots! The landscape is gorgeous. I really like seeing the rider(s) in the pictures because it makes the landscape look more real and all the better. It helps that the subject rider is very photogenic, great smile. I could almost feel the good times you were having.

    Great looking people! Ya'll should be in magazines

    (need to stop replying to the last post, sorry..)

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    i want to move to Alaska now
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    Fantastic pictures - makes u realize there are so many great places to ride still waiting as a possibility ... please continue with reports like this.

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    great post!

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    Add my vote for best passion post...
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    It's getting cooler now. A bit damp, and the leaves are dropping from the alders.

    Felix gets his game face on:



    Fall is really here and the ferns are starting to croak:









    The next day, riding down Dead Man's Curve trail.

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    Would a rear fender make sense out there?
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    Dang another place to visit when its 110 in Hurkin!
    Read my BLOG!

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    Simply breathtaking. Who builds and maintains those trails?
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    Quote Originally Posted by precar
    Simply breathtaking. Who builds and maintains those trails?
    Me.

    Oh, and Barny helps with some of the bridges.

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    i'm amazed at how similar your trail / foliage and conditions are similar to ours, all the way over here in Northern Scotland !!!!!!!
    great stoke tscheezy

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    I'm amazed that it actually doesn't seem more artic -like. Therefor dispelling stereotypes
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    excellent post, great pics! thanks for posting!!

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    Fantastic stuff here! Can't go wrong with beautiful trails and a cute gal riding them.

    I was sort of expecting to see more shots of riders all bundled up while crossing the tundra, but didn't. That sort of stuff always inspires me to get out and ride in the Wisconsin winter. The scarf wrap looks like a great idea. I'll have to try that one.

    Just curious, what's the coldest weather you've ridden in?

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    Hey I've been riding there!!! Sweeeeeeeeeeeet.... Born and raised in Fairbanks here... you may be one of the few who knows what my username means

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollswithpogies
    ...you may be one of the few who knows what my username means
    Um... I might.

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    Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.......

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    I was hoping to go back and edit the earlier posts to stash some more pics there, but the period for that has expired....

    ...so I will just add a new post.

    These belong in the "winter" section (pics taken Dec 12). We did a long beach ride up the coast north of Narrow Cape at the end of the road on our fatbikes.







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    thanks for sharing... absolutely amazing pics. i love the winter spring summer gif. enjoy it! i almost miss winter... nah =P
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    Awesome as usual! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    I was hoping to go back and edit the earlier posts to stash some more pics there, but the period for that has expired....

    ...so I will just add a new post.

    These belong in the "winter" section (pics taken Dec 12). We did a long beach ride up the coast north of Narrow Cape at the end of the road on our fatbikes.







    Man, I am envious! What a beautiful place to live and ride. And Barney ain't bad on the eyes either!

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    Such an amazing planet, isn't it?
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Great stuff!!!

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    Wow, absolutely amazing!

    I can't decide what's more beautiful, the scenery or the lady on the bike...

    Thank you for sharing!

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    Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing.

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    "Hear hear" to above posts! Amazing pictures, not only the landscape and riders, but also how you composed the pictures! Well done.

    My first visit to this forum (linked from a Swedish forum) and I end up at this thread. WOW ;-)

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    I wanna know about the big bears. you ever have encounters? I thought that place was crawling with them.



    thanks for the photo stoke. I enjoyed it.

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    This is why I come to MTBR. Many thanks.

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    One of the most impressive posts I've ever seen on here.
    People wait for me on the way up. I wait for them on the way down.

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    great passion hit!
    Grit, spit, and a whole lot of duct tape!

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    Absolutely great pics! The riding and landscape look stunning

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    Damn, I thought the first you'd posted looked good and now I see there's a whole set. Love them.

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    Have to come back to this thread every now and then and look at the pictures. Still amazed.

    Now I have a question, which winter/spike-tyres do you ride on? We have what it seems somewhat the same winterconditions (but we do not have the same scenery) here in Gothenburg (Sweden). A funny thing though is that Kodiak and Gothenburg are on almost the same longitude, 57°47′ N respectively 57°42′ N

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    Dec 17th 2009. The day I actually WANTED to move from Vancouver Island to Alaska. Looks beauty and I'll assume the chantrelle mushrooms are perfect in those mossy woods...

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    We ride various flavors of Nokian studded tires. I have posted pretty complete thoughts on my studded tire preferences here.
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    awesome trails! nice pics! sweet bikes!

    thanks for sharing!

    gotta visit Alaska...

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    I'm glad this got bumped, for I missed it the first time around.

    It is likely I will never make it to Kodiak, and I appreciate the time you took to post these photos. Riding is quite similar to the four seasons we have in the mountains of NH, but your scenery is much better.

    Thanks

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    Fantastic! So beautiful there and the riding looks great. Alaska is on our list of places to visit.

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    This is beautiful. I've always wanted to live in AK for a year (there's a lot of places I want to live, actually).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    We ride various flavors of Nokian studded tires. I have posted pretty complete thoughts on my studded tire preferences here.
    Thanks, I will look into that

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    Here is a sampling of what some of the trails in the forest look like in motion. This would get filed under "winter."


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    wow!
    great listtle spin through the woods!
    what bike is the that - fatback?
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    That is so cool! Nice vid. How many bikes do you own? I've lost count

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    Any openings for another Environmental Scientist up there?? Would love to live there.

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    Do you need and police officers up there?? Loving the pics. Great post.

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    I'm trying to get orders up there.

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    As long as we are digging this thread back up, I guess I'll add another movie from a week ago. It's fitting with the theme because this was shot on the first day of spring, 2010.


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    Nice vid

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    Nicely done. Excellent sound track. Are you bringing the video camera south with you?

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    Sure, I can drag it along. See you in a few weeks.

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    Nice video! What kind of vidcam are you using?

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    I missed this thread the first time so I'm glad it was brought back up. Those are some beautiful pictures/riders and the camera work in the videos is phenomenal- particularly in the second one. I like the view from the fork looking up at the head tube... never seen it from that perspective before. Anyway, Kodiak looks like a wonderful place to ride!
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    Thanks a lot guys. Glad you liked it.

    The cameras are a GoPro HD and my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3.

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    WOW, Great pictures, looks like a great place.

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    Another sunny day in coastal Alaska accompanied by minus tides called for a beach ride. This is the same general ride I shot in the video a few posts up. Spring is still trying to assert itself, though temps remain l a bit cool.

    We started from just north of a cape marking one of the eastern-most points on Kodiak Island and rode north on the wide sand beach. Other than critter tracks (Sitka black-tail deer, fox, buffalo, etc) and some kelp, the beach was totally unmarked.





    There are a few shallow creeks cutting the beach we need to cross.



    The Emerald Isle won't green up for a few more weeks, but spring shoots were in evidence.





    A series of small capes break the beach into sections with easily negotiated boulder fields. Easy at low tide, that is.







    We got to the Sacramento River and had lunch. This river cuts through the beach at the northern extent of the sandy coastline. North of this point are uninterrupted steep cliffs for miles.









    A small ranch borders the beach and livestock roam the hills freely. These horses seemed especially thankful for a warm spring day.



    On our way back we decided to ride all the way around the cape we started at the northern end of. This required us to leave the beach and ride the meadows above the cliffs. There are plenty of buffalo trails to follow.











    We are in the middle of the California gray whale migration right now and all along the coast hundreds of spouts dotted the ocean. In the water below the bluffs, harbor seals played in the shallows.







    An eagle prepares to build its nest in the usual spot.



    It was a good day.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy


    That's just unfair..

    Well, whatever, never mind.. as I've never seen that kind of landscape in person it's probably photoshopped into existence and totally fake anyway..

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    Nice scenery, the place you ride seems nice too!
    I ride with the best dogs.




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    Absolutely amazing place you live in Dude how can one guy be so lucky to live someplace like that AND have a gal like Barney? Great shots as usual, stole the last for my desktop
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    Wow, great thread! I gotta venture out of the Nor Cal forum more often to find passion like this.

    My wife and I spent time on Kodiak in the summer of 2002. A very special time in my life, as we were expecting our first child. Just before life got more serious. I was blown away by how lush the island was. Just an amazing place.

    My favorite Kodiak memory is fishing in the Buskin River one evening, and being approached by a juvenile brown bear. I was hip-deep, and he came out of the brush, stood up on two legs, had a look at us, and then just wandered off.

    I'm sure it's a commonplace experience in AK, but I'll never forget it.

    This may have been that day...

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    Nice humpy. I'm a sockeye and coho man, myself.

    We dig the Buskin too, but we always put out a net. We end up feeding more seals, but it can make for some exciting fishing when they hit the web.






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    cheezy, your photos are bringing back memories i had long forgotten. i lived in anchorage about 10 years ago while stationed at elmendorf and often have i closed my eyes to try to remember the sights and smells that i was lucky enough to experience in person. i'm only 31 and hopefully have plenty of time to get back there again....thanks for bringing back good memories...

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    I don't know which is more beautiful, the girl, the land or the bike... Luuv the Turner, ride it down here in the TX Hill Country.. coin toss, it the girl.

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    just found this thread. beautiful photos!!

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    I'm very jealous. I live in Midland, MI and we literally have no hills here, let alone mountains.

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    great pics! nice elevation there, real potential for some downhill trails?
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    Yes, there are some places to play. Here is yesterday's ride...

    For the "HD" version, you will need to watch it on Vimeo ----->


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    Nice vid tscheezy - your weather is way better than ours at the moment!
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    Oh beautiful pictures, you just capture beauty , i wish to be there, i haven never been in Alaska but its really beautiful, i love such places
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    tremendous video!

    some of the shots looked like the camera was on an RC helicopter or something!?!?!

    I like the part in the middle where the camera lens gets obliterated by mud!

    crazy to see those wind turbines in such an (apparently) remote spot.
    whatever...

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    We (atleast I) want more pics!

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    This thread makes me jealous every time I see it. I'd love to live in Alaska, or at least make an extended visit. My fiance and I have said we'd love to live there for a year.

    Awesome pics, OP. Have anymore from this summer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85
    Have anymore from this summer?
    Um, I might.


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    Sweet! Might I ask what kind of tyres you are riding on in those conditions as in the film?

    BTW, that surrounding view at 2:24 inb the clip was nice, how did you manage that? Camera on a swivel on the helmet?!

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    Dude, that new helmet cam mount on a swivel is the sickest, that's the best, most interesting footage I've seen not using fancy dolly's on wires etc. Come on, post up a pic of the setup again, Schweet
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    WoW!

    Can't believe I haven't seen this thread before......incredible! Thankyou.
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    Two Alaska threads in one day that I am speechless about. Very cool. I have added a new place to my "To Visit" list.

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    Awesome! I just looked up Anchorage to Kodiak and is only 11 hours. Will definitely head to Kodiak when we get to Alaska

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    The sick thing about this thread is that they are evidently having much clearer days in Kodiak than here in northern California. August 22, the first sunny day right on the coast this month. The last day it dawned sunny and stayed that way the whole time? July 3rd! Great thread!

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    Thanks for all the kind feedback.

    Tires: my all-time favorites for Kodiak dirt are Nokian Dual or Core 2.3's run front and back. They are no longer made so I have started running Maxxis ADvantage 2.4's front and back (probably one of the biggest volume, light, and versatile tires I have used- love them), and have recently used a Geax Datura 2.2 in back. Serious knobs on that latter sucker.

    I have posted some details on the mounts and techniques I use in this thread. Scroll down to post #26. Hope that helps.

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    Everything that has been said before. Amazing scenery, creative filming techniques and some great riding. Thanks for this awesome passion hit.

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    This is by far, the best Passion post ever, best pictures, video's. Amazing. I want to move to Kodiak!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProjectDan35
    This is by far, the best Passion post ever, best pictures, video's. Amazing. I want to move to Kodiak!
    Agreed! Now looking to relocate to Kodiak

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    Always wondered what riding in Heaven would be like..... I can see it clearly now... thanks for the insight. Happy Trails
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    I love the photos and how dedicated you are to riding!

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    Congrats on a blessed life! Nice to see people living the dream.

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    Fantastically enjoyable thread!

    Thank you for sharing your part of the beautiful world with us...it is very much appreciated!

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    tscheezy---awesome pics, thanks for posting!

    So...just out of curiousity...how many days are sunny on Kodiak Island? One would get the impression from your pics that it's sunny and glorious a majority of the time! Or are your pics just taken on the 2 sunny days each month?

    I ask partly because we all know (and have experienced) the...umm...frequent lack of sunshine along the Pacific Northwest coast...so wondering if Kodiak is far enough north to be clear of all that?

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    PS - I'm also looking to debunk my girlfriend who says "UGH---the weather up there sucks and would drive me crazy---THERE'S NO SUNSHINE! LOL (No, she's never been there.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWriverstone
    I'm also looking to debunk my girlfriend who says "UGH---the weather up there sucks and would drive me crazy---THERE'S NO SUNSHINE!
    She's not entirely right, but not far off. We don't get many truly clear days here, and it's even rarer to get a couple in a row. It happens, but it's more the exception than the rule. We get about 65 inches of rain a year around town, it's frequently windy, and the reputation for bad weather is generally accurate and deserved. When it's nice, it's really nice, but we can get days or even weeks on end of crappy weather. I certainly would not move here for the sunshine.

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    Awesome pics.
    I love the one showing the bear tracks right next to the bike tracks.

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    'Nuther one. BTW- if you ever want to watch these in HD, you can just click the Vimeo name in the lower right hand corner of the viewer.

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    very nice scenery like always and some awesome camera angles, i like the swivel head mount.
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    This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing! Looks like a nice town too.

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    You are my hero.

    Pure awesomesauce.

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