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Homer Bound: Day Four! Soldotna to Homer Spit

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Even though we had a sound night sleep and the sun was out, we both were feeling Blah.  I think my nerves kicked in because I knew we had 80+ miles to go to reach the destination of the Homer Spit into Kachemak Bay. 



My longest day before that was 53 miles.  But, at least we had some interesting things to distract us on our way.


Our closest encounter with a moose.  So sweet.  However, we found that Clam Gulch had NOTHING for us.  (No second breakfast.  No coffee.)
I did see a humpback whale from the road!
BUZZ cafe was the best!
 They just got a new espresso machine from Italy.  James had a great time chatting with another biker (motorcycle).  We had no other bicycle touring people at all.  We both agreed that the road conditions and the weather (no wind AMAZING), were the BEST in the entire route from Soldotna to Homer.  
We enjoyed a nice lunch in Ninilchik.  When we were about to leave the waitress asked where we were headed. When she heard that we were biking to Homer, she grabbed…

Homer bound day three: Cooper Landing to Soldotna

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What a beautiful day to start a ride.  The sun greeted us.  We enjoyed some time in the Bible together then after a little breakfast, we were on the road.  Cooper Landing is notorious for its twisty road with no shoulder along the Kenai River which we saw our HONEYMOON location of the Kenai Princess Lodge. 

Thankfully, as we went on the ride only 8 cars passed us around the narrow section.  They were so considerate that they would wait until they could jump to the other lane.

We heard about the 27 miles of road construction, but thanks be to God they were working the night hours.  So, we had no delays and just considerate traffic along the ride.

The actual ride was super delightful.  I saw lakes and creeks and waterfalls that had gone totally unnoticed by my car view.  Because it was less hilly and no headwind, we made great time.

Eating has been a joy and we arrived at the perfect time for lunch at Sterling, AK.  Our great weather ended and we had rain all the way to Soldotna.  But a…

Homer Bound: Day Two

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The morning started early at 3 am with a car alarm going off.  Thankfully, it wasn't ours.  So, back to sleep.
The rain continued and pattered on the tent making it very difficult to even think about leaving the warmth of the sleeping bag. 
Thinking the rain aborted, I crawled out to begin the coffee ritual.  Everything was soaked outside.  It took some effort to light the fire.  We enjoyed a breakfast slowly.  I started getting sick.  The rain visited us again, so we had to pack up the wet tent and biking stuff.

I kept visiting the loo, but my nerves had taken over and I wasn't feeling it at all.  Today was the day I was dreading because of the Pass to climb (its a 7 mile climb up).  My stomach was saying, "NO WAY are we going today".

My dear friend Christina just asked me, "What is the worse that could happen?" I guess death (joking) but seriously, I could just call for help if we can't make the climb she reassured me.  James knew we could, but I nee…

Homer Bound: Day one!

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And we are off at 9:30 am.  I had a relaxing time in the Word but also had a great breakfast.  We left but forgot it being Memorial Day that our bathroom breaks locations would be closed.  We headed to the big arches and were thankful to run into friends who lent us some great head coverings for our helmets in case it rains.  They were just about to come look for us.  They sent us off with prayer and we headed down the road.

Getting on the Seward Highway, we were blessed with sunny skies and light traffic.




Enjoying the view, we were surprised to have perfect timing to meet our friends Haley and Mark @ Indian for the famous "Bird to Gird" trail.  We enjoyed the quieter ride (minus the road noise) and loved the fellowship with other people.  


Little did we know that was the last of the bikers we would see until we saw a few bikers in the town of Soldotna.  
We enjoyed refueling at the station and ran into another fellow athlete and strategy game player.  
We didn't know, b…

Read or not; plus a lesson in Chill.

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Training is over, not because I feel ready, but tomorrow is the start of the 1000 mile journey.  I spent the morning sharing a bit of the journey on a podcast called the Pedal Shift Project

If you want to listen to the pre-ride story, click below.
Mp3 of the podcast on Pedal Shift Project

Caveat:  1) I didn't know exactly what I was going to bring because I hadn't packed yet.  :(

I was pretty angry the night before because James went mountain biking and didn't get back until late.  I could tell the anxiety was rising.  So, after when he came home, I retreated to bed (it was 10:45) and started reading my current book called "Rest of God".

The chapter was ironically called "Stopping to find What's Missing".  I tend to be the lady running my errands instead of walking.  Never taking time to enjoy the moment.  Looking forward to my next adventure.  I stopped and calmed my mind and asked for peace.  My business turned into anger and that was wrong.

In t…

Overboard!

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My Christmas gift was a special cabin on the side of Eklutna Lake. We had planned on taking the holiday in January, but the lack of frozen lake prompted us to reschedule for end of May.  However, it turned into a different sort of day.  The only way to get to the cabin is by boat.  We had the luxury of having a slight tailwind both ways when we rented this public use cabin last year.




When carrying the camping gear and the boat to the water's edge we noticed a few waves, but I thought, "It is not ALL white caps".  That is where we were wrong.  After dividing up the equipment (a little too much was brought), we headed out with Willow-our Great Dane-and all.

First problem, if you didn't hit the waves directly, it lapped into the boat.  But, as I was struggling to steer the canoe, I wondered if we'd survive.  This is a glacier or mountain runoff lake.  Typically very cold. 

I noticed the canoe with my husband and two teens sitting a little lower.  James back end of …

Ready to Roll 1000 miles around Alaska, here we come!

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Gazing out the window, I can't tell you how excited I am to begin this journey around this beautiful state of Alaska. After weeks of reading books about cycling, listening to podcast about cycling, and interviewing real people about cycling, I am eager to start.  "Sea to Shining Sea" will be a 1000+ mile bicycle tour around Alaska from Prudhoe to Homer and lots of places in-between.

Training?  I have done two of the three things to get ready.   1) Get in the bike saddle as long as possible. That just means that I ride whenever and wherever I can.  I have learned the bike safety rules of the road and acquired a great map.  I do my errands, bike to church, ask as many people as I can to bike with me.  
*Since I bought a used Surly Long Trucker renamed Green Dragon, I have logged 232 miles.   Please text me or message me if you want to train or bike ride.  I don't mind where or when, I just need the miles.  I can go fast or leisurely.  It is up to you.  I LOVE PEOPLE!
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