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Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

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Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

680 Miles

Kenai Peninsula will be our shakedown trip.

We will be fully geared up and be testing all our equipment from tents, to bikes, to clothing.
It will entail a mixture of on and off road. Perfect to get settled in to our new home.
Starting in Anchorage sometime in mid June we will head along the Seward Highway heading SE around the end of Turnagain Arm and then up to Hope.
Hope, as most of Alaska, is a historic gold mining town nestled in a deep valley.  Here the 1896 General store, now the Seaview café will be our first stop.
After a short sightsee we will “attempt” the Resurrection Pass Trail heading south to Cooper Landing and onto the Sterling Hwy. to head west. This is yet to be confirmed as to whether it is possible on dirt bikes.
After about 40 km’s, a slight veer south will bring us along the shores of the Skilak Lake. Running into this is the Kenai River, which will guide us past Sterling, Soldotna, and directly into our next stop at the peninsulas largest city Kenai. Being that we are both Australian, we will make a quick stop at the Capt. James Cook State Recreation Area, as this is the Capt. that settled in Australia.
Heading north, we will pass through Nikiski and continue along Cook Inlet until the road runs out.
Heading back south, our first night will hopefully be in a campground in Kenai or somewhere along the shoreline.
The following day we will continue south along the shoreline going through villages like Clam Gulch, Ninilchik, Anchor Point, and Homer. The roads will then deteriorate and we will try to get as close to Tustemena Lake by following the Fox River.
Unfortunately due to the un-passable alps, we will head back along the road once travelled to Clam Gulch where we will head inland along trails back to Skilak Lake and the Sterling Hwy.
Now heading east we will visit Moose Pass and head south to Seward for a Fjord boat trip, perhaps a spot of fishing and a look at the famous Exit Glacier.
It’s all north from here and after we reach Moose Pass, we veer NE and run along the old rail track up to Whittier.
This will be our most eastern point and I am sure that the home stretch will be looking good, but with just one last curve ball for fun.
Along the Seward Hwy at a little place called Girdwood, we will be taking a fire trail through the Chugach State Park, which will eventually bring us out just north of Anchorage.
A great way to test our gear and to see “Alaska’s Playground”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 23:43