Sunday, March 19, 2006

Like these pictures?

Date: March 17
Mileage: 18.6
March mileage: 192.5
Temperature upon departure: 9 (morning temp)
On the iPod: "Sunshine Highway" ~ Dropkick Murphys

For some reason Blogger isn't letting me upload my photos, so I'm reposting an old November favorite. That's OK, because all the pictures I took during yesterday's commute are muddled by nasty grayness and funk that has settled in for the weekend (you know the type - flurries, 50 mph wind gusts, whiteouts of blowing snow). That - and staying out late on St. Patrick's Day - kept me lazy and grounded for most of today.

So I made a "First Winter in Alaska" screensaver. I never realized I how many pictures I have. It's obnoxious, really, considering my extremely amateurish photography equipment and the fact that nearly every snapshot was taken in the small radius of my hometown. But the screensaver was entertaining - especially when I added music. And more than anything on this blog, people seem to like my pictures (more a statement of where I live than any photographic skill of my own.) So I had this crazy idea.

I'd like to work toward upcoming ultrabike events, including (but not limited to) the possibilities of Fireweed 200, 24 hours of Kincaid, Soggy Bottom 100, the 2007 Susitna 100 and (the more outside chance of) a future Iditarod Invitational. Since I did the 2006 Susitna 100 on the wings of blogging friends, I'm taking another swing at it.

My new "Help Jill realize her ultrabiking dreams" proposal includes an offer of exclusive Alaska wildlife and winter imagery, captured in a rotating screensaver and a slideshow set to music. Both include more than 200 frosty images - some which have appeared on this blog, some which are new and unpublished - packaged in instantly downloadable .exe files that should work on any PC. I'll mail out a CD to anyone who might like to donate a few bucks (at least enough to cover postage) to my new crazy bike ventures ... just make sure to indicate the address you want it sent to.

As always, I ride miles for dollars, so there's always the promise of future cycling misadventures.

And if you're turned off by my shameless solicitation, just ignore this post. This photo/bike/frostbite blog will always be free.


  1. Nothing wrong with trying to make a buck:-)

    Your pictures are awesome!

  2. I have had all sort of trouble posting with Firefox in blogger- you might want to change to IE (if that is even the issue).

  3. I had trouble posting a picture last night too, hopefully they have resolved it.

    I don't think you should be so down on your photographic talents Jill. Any camera these days can take a picture, but none can take a good picture. I am frequently asked when people see a photo of mine, what kind of camera I have.

    It's not the camera.

    Some of your shots are extremely good photos of difficult scenes in hard to reach places. Half the battle is to get there with the camera. I think Galen Rowell often carried a Coolpix 3700 (a pocket digital) while climbing.

  4. Where do we send a few bucks? You are serious, right?

  5. Jill!

    What the heck? "Ultrabiking Dreams"... I concur. We should write up a proposal to be the first cyclists on the Moon! Just think of the gnarly jumps you could do!! Serious hang time, yo.

    Your check is in the mail. It might bounce tho. No promises.

  6. Thanks, guys. I am serious, actually. There's a paypal button in the sidebar of this blog that says "Make a Donation." Also, you can e-mail me at if you have any questions or don't like paypal, but still want a CD. I'll send one out for as little as the cost of postage (about $2). I'm not looking to raise a fortune. I'm just hoping to collect a few bucks to help pay some entry fees.

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  8. .exe files??? Jill, we just have to have a talk! First Pepsi, and now, Windows only stuff? *sigh* I guess that leaves us mac types out of the loop?

  9. Well I am humbled and ashamed for my carping over the long winter in Krakow this year. Last I was in shorts in January. But this year, while mainly on the skis in south of me Zako., I often hid out in asia on the flippers, or on the feet, preparing for the next Lauf (Prague), and on the celebration of my birth, Stockholm. There is a certain appeal of adverse weather, and perhaps I'll get a taste of it this week as I explore great wall and scope out the Great wall marathon course... but then still on the feet. What happened to my ubiquitous saddle culture that caused me to chase Lance in the south of France last July? Surely I'll get a few peddal turns in Anchorage and surrounds for this solstice, but what of an experience born of resignation to a sys. application of cranking through the weather du jour? Hell yes I'll fund your exertion, guide me through my stupidity and its all yours. We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Keep 'em turning.


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