3-29 (Another) Windy day ride : PWHwy/ Glenn / Parks loop
Today road the Palmer Wasilla Hwy from Hyer Rd to Palmer, the Glenn South to the Parks & up Parks to Jackovich.
A 20 mile loop.
Road on the side of the Palmer Wasilla Hwy (PWH) this time, not the bike trail.
Felt much safer & was able to ride (but for 1 or 2 red light) all the way to Palmer non stop.
Bike trail has way too many stops & multi/directional traffic hazards.
PWH & the Glenn Hwy have good wide paved shoulders.
Felt safe & had lots of space from passing traffic,
Even where there are guardrails, there was lots of room to ride the shoulder.
Be much better when the white line is painted back on & the road sweeper cleans the gravel/sand off the shoulder.
Again, the 29er handled the gravely shoulder fine.
Alaska drivers are much more courteous to cyclists than in So Calif. Roads are much wider too.
Into the wind on the PWH to Palmer, a little brutal. But
when I turned right toward Anchorage, I caught a quartering tail wind & hauled butt
all the way to the Parks Hwy turn. (ordered a speedometer/bike log computer, to keep track of distances times)
I took an old paved road , just before the ramp to the Parks. up to the visitor center .
was blocked with a berm 1/2 way but carried the bike over it & rode up past the hospital.
I did use the bike trail along the frontage road most of the way (few businesses & fairly straight)
Wind helped a lot on the up hills. Another pretty fast section..
An OK ride but looking forward to a day with out the wind.
Aired the tires up to 40# on the 29er, noticed a little more speed
Ergo grips working out well.
Map route pic
Nice ride. You asked about spare stuff earlier: the tube, patchkit and tire levers are most important. Also carry the basic allen wrenches to adjust brakes and derailleurs. Carry a little lube for annoying squeaks that will develop. Changing hand positions is really important for me. As the rides get longer I can start to get numb spots. A set of bar-ends could be useful, but you might want to cut your bars shorter also. I find that I rest on my forearms some and like it especially with a headwind.
I get the numb hands too. Mostly on down hill. The ergo grip reduced it some but not stop it. been
adjusting the angle of them to see if it helps. Maybe some padded glove will help, ordered a pair of gel/fingerless.
Got a multi bike wrench tool on order, metric allen to 8.
Got a tube & 2 levers, leatherman onboard now.
Might try a Fairview loop / KGB 20 miler today:
Rode Fairview loop to KGB, & back on Parks.
Fairview has no shoulder, some pot holes & rough / bumpy at several spot.
not real busy with traffic & what traffic was there were all courteous .
Enough up & down for a good workout.
Probably not gonna make it a regular ride, too tight, rough & narrow.
KGB was good, good 4' wide shoulder, sandy/ gravely still & white line needs re-painted
Much much better than Fairview
Turn on the PWH extension by Home Depot & back to Blue Lupine to Jackovich via the Walmart exit ramp.
Recommend aviod Fairview Loop until it's upgraded, pretty sure it's on the DOT list for upgrading,
but low priority & budget woes with oil prices so low. Gonna be a few years.
Fairview Loop project may help if it gets funding
On the books for some work this summer:
Hope to see some 3' or wider paved shoulders.
Still a few years away, but good to see a few road improvement projects in the valley get going.
Fairview is one of the tops for needing repair & upgraded.