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Journalist Jill Homer writes about and takes media of snow cycling Up in Alaska. Now deputy managing editor of the Juneau Empire, she has written for NPR about being a snow cyclist. From the first cycle tour she went on in 2002 to recently when Jill said "If I don't die or worse, I'm gonna need a nap.", there is no shortage of pictures and video and accounts of scenic places encountered via cycle along the way, all over the country. There are a wealth of stories to read and pictures to look at while you sit out Winter in your home. posted by cashman (10 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
If I don't die or worse, I'm gonna need a nap

At best I'll be asleep when you get back.
posted by burnmp3s at 7:24 PM on February 15, 2009 [2 favorites]


You mean snow machinycling.
posted by Flunkie at 7:26 PM on February 15, 2009


Been a long time since I wanted a new bicycle, but goodness, that Pugsley! I suppose I couldn't get slicks big enough for it, but that wouldn't stop me, I'm afraid.

I note with interest that she mentions record snowfalls this year in the Juneau area.

Great post.
posted by jamjam at 7:35 PM on February 15, 2009


Wow! I donated to Jill's efforts to raise money for the entry fee the first year she did the Susitna. I was wondering the other day what happened to her. I've got some catching up to do. Thanks-- this is a great post!
posted by Heretic at 7:47 PM on February 15, 2009


I note with interest that she mentions record snowfalls this year in the Juneau area.

Really, at sea level it's not extreme (there's been plenty of above-freezing melting between snowfalls) and is a result of increased year-round precipitation rather than colder climate. I've seen local photos from around a hundred years ago with much deeper snow. For the last two summers, the dismal fall rains have arrived in July and kept going to winter.
posted by D.C. at 8:23 PM on February 15, 2009


If I don't die or worse I'm gonna need a nap

burnmp3s beat me to it, and while I'm assuming the OP caught the reference (hence the pull-quote), for those who didn't follow the youtube link, it's a verse line pulled from one of Built To Spill's, like, best songs ever. Also, cool post/links. Thank you.
posted by joe lisboa at 9:17 PM on February 15, 2009


I've been reading Jill's blog for a few years and her athletic feats are hard core and dedicated to say the least. And wow does she have some cool pictures. Congrats to her on her promotion, but I know she's been struggling with how it will impact her training/lifestyle, which is why she moved to Alaska in the first place. Good luck to her on her upcoming race and new position!
posted by sararah at 10:04 PM on February 15, 2009


I love the photo essay on her cycling "armor"; I've often contemplated what it would take to cycle commute in the dead of winter (aside from a lot less, and more cyclist-considerate, drivers on the road), and that looks about right.
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:13 AM on February 16, 2009


Nice post.
posted by fixedgear at 7:15 AM on February 16, 2009


I'm really enjoying all the bikefilter posts.
posted by wcfields at 11:59 AM on February 16, 2009


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