The Seward Highway is one of the United State’s Scenic Byways, a picturesque stretch of road that provides unmatched views of ocean, glacier, rivers, wildlife, mountains and other Alaskan beauty.
It is also one of the most dangerous highways in the United States, given its windy turns and narrow stretches with limited areas for passing. In the summer, it’s highly congested with RVs, cars and trucks heading both directions. In the winter, it’s snowy and slick and drivers are moving particularly slow, with caution.
Recently, Adam and I loaded up the car and went to Homer for a weekend getaway. We were only an hour and 20 minutes or so from Anchorage (it’s four-five to Homer) when Adam (driving), looked in the rearview mirror and says: “Oh shit, my bike just fell off the car“.
Thank goodness it’s the shoulder season, and there were no cars behind us. We pull off to the side of the road immediately to see the damage.
By the grace of one pedal, the falling bicycle had hooked onto the still secure bike and nothing touched pavement. Oh em gee. We laughed, and laughed, and laughed with gratitude and relief that our bicycles, cars and selves were safe, reaffixed them and hit the road again to Homer.
And before we left to come back to ANC the next day, we totally readjusted the bike rack and made sure those bad boys were loaded and it would not happen again.