Page Contributor(s): Bryant Robbins and Jason Roland, Palmer, AK, USA
Cycling Ferry Road
Ride 8.3 miles gaining 2,046’ at 4.6% average grade
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Bryant Robbins, Palmer, Alaska.
This is one of the strangest climbs we have ever done. It is something like a movie with a surprise ending. So, rather than spoil the surprise by posting pictures of everything you’ll see at the summit, we’ll just let you know that surprises await, along with nice views. The strangeness starts at the bottom though. Not many road rides begin by crossing a river on a railroad trestle. On the other side you’ll find a road that doesn’t connect to the road system - a big, wide, gravel road with no traffic. Yes, it’s an unusual ride, and one worth doing.
One consequence of not having traffic on the road is that the gravel is not well packed in some areas. Still, we were able to do it on 25c slicks. In addition to being able to park at the Parks Highway, you can drive down the hill to the railroad bridge where you will also find plenty of parking.
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