After a few hours of driving, we were heading south on the Sterling Highway with the mountains of the Alaska Range in view. I think we stopped at every viewpoint that overlooked Cook Inlet.
|Pushki in March.|
We arrived at the overlook above Homer where the mountains across Kachemak Bay seemed to float above fog that hung over the water.
|Almost to Homer, looking across the bay.|
|The view from the deck in the morning light.|
|Mt Augustine sunset.|
|I made use of that rope, esp. when carrying my bike.|
|Not much beach at high tide.|
|Low tide is another story. Think I'll head that-a-way.|
|While Katey is working on her novel, I'm exploring |
the beach. It's all research.
|I'm not the only one on the beach.|
|The outgoing tide reveals|
ripples on the sand
sea plants anchored to rocks
a clam anchored to the stem
a small world awaiting water.
Tuesday night was windy and cold. We stoked the Jotul stove and stayed warm all night. When we woke we found a skiff of crunchy grapple snow covering the ground. Though the day began cold, I couldn't resist the vacuum created on the beach as the tide pulled away. I made plans to meet Katey for lunch and biked a short ways to the Bishop's Beach official access point in town just off Main Street...
|Poor thing, left out in the cold!|
|Another day at the beach!|
|History of Fat Bikes 101: Kathy is riding a prototype |
Surly Pugsley from about 2004 or 2005. I'm riding one of the most
recent entries in the fat bike market: a Borealis Yampa.
|This Pugs has spent lots of time playing in saltwater.|
|Beach, bikes, women, dogs. How cool is Homer?|
I was most fascinated by how the plants and creatures of the sea created jumbled communities as they floated in the water. Here's one I found in the rocks:
|I see artists' inspiration in this tangle.|
|Katey near Land's End Resort on the Homer Spit, site of the annual|
Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference. How is this as an enticement
for her to return to Homer?
If you go: We were in Homer a week after their annual Big Fat Bike Fest which I heard was loads of fun, so watch for it in 2015. If you're going beach riding on your own, be sure to get a tide table and ride during the lowest tides when you can ride on the firm, wet sand. Then, clean your bike. If you can rinse it in fresh water, that's best (tho not with a high-pressure hose). I didn't wash mine. When I returned to Anchorage, my bike had dried off and I spent some time with a soft brush sweeping off dried silt and sand. After cleaning the chain, I re-lubed it (I felt a bit bad about the little bit of orange on the chain from putting it away wet). Despite the need for extra maintenance on my bike, I would still recommend beach riding. It's a completely different scene from riding in the snow.