Work hard, play harder! Denali National Park

It was a long week but the end goal made it all worth it. We drove to Denali National Park where the roads are closed to motorized traffic at mile 30 (of the ~90 miles road) this time of year. It’s also the best month for Denali to be out of the clouds.DSC02936

End game.

We did not have watches or cell phones so I don’t know how long the 34 mile and 3300 foot gain bike ride took but this is what it looked like just when we arrived.

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Climbing up into Sable Pass from the Teklanika River we saw a sow grizz with 2 cubs grubbing for roots or ground squirrels.

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My friend Leslie and I in Sable Pass.

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Little more Sable

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You can see Leslie on the left of this panoramic.

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Another Panorama, this time from Polychrome Pass where we also ram into 3 sheep  on the side of the road. Ram.  Get it?

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We stopped for dinner between Thoroughfare Pass and Stoney Pass

DSC02903The Big One came into view at Thoroughfare Pass.

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Again the view from our campsite.  Just imagine you are the only 2 people in the world with that view in that moment.

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Not a bad view to wake up to.DSC02941

Leslie takes it in. My new Trek 520 has proven itself to be a bad ass machine! I need to spend more Saturday nights like this!

 

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Straight Ahead Construction is a licensed, bonded, and insured general contractor, construction company based in Fairbanks, Alaska with a great reputation for honest, good work. View all posts by Mike Knoche

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