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The Great Bicycle Trip

January 16, 2019

From June to December of 2018, I rode my bicycle from Fairbanks, Alaska to San Diego, California. Here’s a selection of photos that I’m quite proud of.

If you would like a print, or full resolution file of any of the images feel free to reach out to me at mike@mguida.com.

The long, desolate road ahead - Denali Highway, Alaska The long, desolate road ahead - Denali Highway, Alaska

A rare break in the rain and wind made for a wonderful evening at camp - Yukon Territory, Canada A rare break in the rain and wind made for a wonderful evening at camp - Yukon Territory, Canada

Miles and miles of wildflowers and smiles - Kluane National Park, Canada Miles and miles of wildflowers and smiles - Kluane National Park, Canada

A lone kayaker among the mountains - Yukon Territory, Canada A lone kayaker among the mountains - Yukon Territory, Canada

Coming over Haines Pass, marking the end of the tundra and beginning of the temperate rainforest enviornment - Yukon Territory, Canada Coming over Haines Pass, marking the end of the tundra and beginning of the temperate rainforest enviornment - Yukon Territory, Canada

Admiring the view as we make a short stop on the ferry ride though the Inside Passage - Petersburg, Alaska Admiring the view as we make a short stop on the ferry ride though the Inside Passage - Petersburg, Alaska

What a wonderful ride - Jasper National Park, Canada What a wonderful ride - Jasper National Park, Canada

After riding alongside inaccessible glaciers for the past month, it was surreal to get out onto one - Jasper National Park, Canada After riding alongside inaccessible glaciers for the past month, it was surreal to get out onto one - Jasper National Park, Canada

This photo was taken from the top of a gruelingly long mountain pass. As we reached the road down below, we were met with an intense thunderstorm and took shelter in a bathroom. Not the first nor the last time roadside bathrooms would provide shelter from storms - Banff National Park, Canada This photo was taken from the top of a gruelingly long mountain pass. As we reached the road down below, we were met with an intense thunderstorm and took shelter in a bathroom. Not the first nor the last time roadside bathrooms would provide shelter from storms - Banff National Park, Canada

The internet famous Peyto Lake at sunset - Banff National Park, Canada The internet famous Peyto Lake at sunset - Banff National Park, Canada

The last light provides a calm ending to the day - Banff National Park, Canada The last light provides a calm ending to the day - Banff National Park, Canada

More Rocky Mountain majesty - Banff National Park, Canada More Rocky Mountain majesty - Banff National Park, Canada

Took a break from cycling to hike into the mountains, and were rewarded with a wintry mix...in August - Banff National Park, Canada Took a break from cycling to hike into the mountains, and were rewarded with a wintry mix…in August - Banff National Park, Canada

When I think of my time in the Canadian Rockies, this is the image that comes to mind. On the hike up Yoho Pass, you're rewarded with wildflowers, jagged mountains, and glacier fed waterfalls and greenish blue lakes - Yoho National Park, Canada When I think of my time in the Canadian Rockies, this is the image that comes to mind. On the hike up Yoho Pass, you’re rewarded with wildflowers, jagged mountains, and glacier fed waterfalls and greenish blue lakes - Yoho National Park, Canada

A massive glacier fed waterfall. The roar can be heard from miles away - Yoho National Park, Canada A massive glacier fed waterfall. The roar can be heard from miles away - Yoho National Park, Canada

The scenery is quite impressive while cycling up Going to the Sun Road. Pedaling at a snails pace, you really have time to take it all in - Glacier National Park, Montana The scenery is quite impressive while cycling up Going to the Sun Road. Pedaling at a snails pace, you really have time to take it all in - Glacier National Park, Montana

Wildfires brought a thick layer of smoke over Washington State for weeks. Cycling in these conditons felt post-apocolyptic - North Cascades National Park, Washington Wildfires brought a thick layer of smoke over Washington State for weeks. Cycling in these conditons felt post-apocolyptic - North Cascades National Park, Washington

A magnificent dahlia in the botanical gardens - Seattle, Washington A magnificent dahlia in the botanical gardens - Seattle, Washington

Pausing for a photo while heading up past the now deconstructed Elwha Dam, to the Olympic hotsprings - Olympic National Park, Washington Pausing for a photo while heading up past the now deconstructed Elwha Dam, to the Olympic hotsprings - Olympic National Park, Washington

Rock Arches, sea stacks and tidal pools dot the coast near Rialto Beach - Olympic National Park, Washington Rock Arches, sea stacks and tidal pools dot the coast near Rialto Beach - Olympic National Park, Washington

A walk through the enchanted Hoh Rainforest - Olympic National Park, Washington A walk through the enchanted Hoh Rainforest - Olympic National Park, Washington

The canyons of the Colorado Plateau provide never ending opportunities for exploration - Canyonlands National Park, Utah The canyons of the Colorado Plateau provide never ending opportunities for exploration - Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Hunting for petroglyphs and Ancestral Puebloan Ruins - Canyonlands National Park, Utah Hunting for petroglyphs and Ancestral Puebloan Ruins - Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Steep roads and heavy rain may bring most down, but this was a fun day of cycling - Slab Creek Road, Oregon Steep roads and heavy rain may bring most down, but this was a fun day of cycling - Slab Creek Road, Oregon

Sometimes it just can't get any better - Slab Creek Road, Oregon Sometimes it just can’t get any better - Slab Creek Road, Oregon

A ship arriving in port as we arrive at camp - Newport, Oregon A ship arriving in port as we arrive at camp - Newport, Oregon

Ahhhh, trees - Oregon Coast Ahhhh, trees - Oregon Coast

Succulents after a light rain - Oregon Coast Succulents after a light rain - Oregon Coast

A quiet ride among the giants - Jedidiah Smith State Park, California A quiet ride among the giants - Jedidiah Smith State Park, California

❤ - Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California ❤ - Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California

Riding is a little faster without all of our gear - Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California Riding is a little faster without all of our gear - Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California

The evolution of a roadside tree - Sonoma County, California The evolution of a roadside tree - Sonoma County, California

There's not many bigger sources of pride than riding a bike you built day after day. This was an especially signifigant landmark, one I wasn't sure I'd reach when setting out of Fairbanks, Alaska months earlier - Golden Gate Bridge, California There’s not many bigger sources of pride than riding a bike you built day after day. This was an especially signifigant landmark, one I wasn’t sure I’d reach when setting out of Fairbanks, Alaska months earlier - Golden Gate Bridge, California

A bee tending to some beautiful flowers - Alcatraz, California A bee tending to some beautiful flowers - Alcatraz, California

Fences can't hold back the flowers - Alcatraz, California Fences can’t hold back the flowers - Alcatraz, California

juxtaposition- San Francisco, California juxtaposition- San Francisco, California

A battle between the dark skies and bright rainbow - Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona A battle between the dark skies and bright rainbow - Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Where to go from here? - Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona Where to go from here? - Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona


Mike Guida

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