Our visit was winding down; and we only had one more day in Alaska. Brother’s ankle was still quite tender and swollen so we decided to take a bike ride on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. The path is paved and winds through the woods above and along the coast of Cook Inlet. We were about one and a half miles into the ride when I moved over to allow another biker to pass. Somehow I went off the trail and found myself airborne, followed by a hard thud to the ground. Immediately I knew something had cracked in my chest-underarm area (rib or ribs, later confirmed by x-rays). After catching my breath and dusting off, we kept cycling down the trail; but after a few more miles, I asked that we cut the ride short and head back to the car. On the way, we encountered another momma moose and her baby at the trail’s edge (she was really close, but we didn’t get any good shots because we wanted to make sure we stayed out of her way).
[Four weeks have passed since this little adventure and my body is recovering nicely although at a slower pace than I would like. Still have tenderness and a little pain in the area, but all is well.]
the only picture I took on this adventure, before the ride
looking out over cook inlet (photo by Russ Almond)
driftwood in the marshy area (photo by Russ Almond)
pink clover (photo by Russ Almond)
a few favorites on the way . . .