A couple of us decided to use the beautiful weather today to make a little quad ride out to the glaciers. We loaded up the bikes and made our way outta town with all our gear and enough food to feed an army. The first thing we encountered was some seriously icy roads. The highway surface out past town was as slick as anything you could imagine. It was glass smooth and even four wheel drive didn't help much. There was plenty of slipping and sliding on the way with a couple complete spin outs to boot!
Once we unloaded the bikes and got everyone ready we proceeded out the trails. The snow had filled in most of the bumps and padded the rocks/boulders pretty well. Nice smooth riding for the most part with plenty of ice in the corners to be able to drift them like champs.
No sooner did we get in sight of the glaciers when one of our novice riders was letting his toes point outward. He caught a tree twisting his ankle backward breaking the bone in two places! I had to put him on my bike and drive him back to the truck. Couldn't put any pressure on it without immense pain.
On the way home I ended up high centering my bike while crossing a stream and had to get assistance to get it back out. By myself I could have rocked it off, but with my already crippled partner I didn't want to try it. The current darn near toppled us over while we were trying to get out. Glacier water is extremely cold this time of year too!!
The rest of the day was awesome. We explored some new ground and played in a few ice caves. All the riders other than myself are new to the area and this was their first time hitting the glaciers. All of them are ready to go back!
I love living in Alaska!!