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Alcan Rider 06-05-2010 02:58 PM

Haul Road Chronicles
 
Dalton "Highway", aka Haul Road:

There are times readers are researching this particular stretch of road and find themselves having to look through dozens, if not hundreds, of ride reports to get the information they seek. Over the years, with several trips up and down the Haul Road here in Alaska, I have written some ride reports concerning those trips. So to make the task a little easier for those researchers, those reports will be listed here, and as time becomes available this will, hopefully, become something of a compilation of the primary features of those trips. It is not intended to be the ultimate guide, far from it. But it will include this rider's experiences - good and bad - and attempt to give an overview of some of the things a rider might expect to find along the way.

From my first motorcycle trip across the Yukon River in 2001 on my heavily laden Concours -
http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...07_UyaV5-L.jpg

- to more recent trips on a more appropriate mount, the KLR -
http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...40_ZFQXu-L.jpg
there will be photos covering many of the conditions encountered from Mile 0 to Deadhorse, as well as the beauty that can be found in that pristine vastness. As with many of my reports, this will be a continuing effort, periodically upgraded with new photos and updated information.

And links to past reports, such as -

First (and Perhaps Last) Annual April Fool's Arctic Circle Ride

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton..._Ctn4H-L-1.jpg


A Spring Ride On The Haul Road

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...65_wWPf2-L.jpg


Anyone Up For Deadhorse on Labor Day Weekend??

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...75_oC4mj-L.jpg


Dalton 1, Alcan Rider 0

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...87_ZMHJR-L.jpg


Perfect Weather to Deadhorse on the 4th

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...00_r7MuN-L.jpg


What's A Sweet Young Thing Like You Doing With This Motley Crew?

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...29_XPd7p-L.jpg


The Dalton Highway Again, or, From the First Day of Fall Into Winter

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...79_VjkYc-L.jpg


Coldfoot Lunch Run Anyone?

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...15_N8DuU-L.jpg


I'm Buying Lunch

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...23_K3sQT-L.jpg


HayDee Is No Longer A Virgin

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...26_zkXCn-L.jpg


Another Dalton Tale... With Photos

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Dalton...00_KgcPk-L.jpg

You Don't Have To Go “All The Way” For It To Be Enjoyable

http://alaskajack.smugmug.com/Motorc...DSCN4617-L.jpg


With more to come - hopefully.

Tom S 06-05-2010 05:54 PM

Very nice, Jack. :thumb At first I didn't realize that starting at the 3rd pic the titles above them are all links to different reports. They don't look like links for some reason. Others might miss that too. Maybe they need to be underlined?

Just got back from Wet Whittier.

GB 06-05-2010 06:27 PM

Great way to gather your adventures in one place, thanks for the pics and links :thumb

Alcan Rider 06-06-2010 03:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tom S
At first I didn't realize that starting at the 3rd pic the titles above them are all links to different reports. They don't look like links for some reason. Others might miss that too. Maybe they need to be underlined?

The links start just above the third photo. Mine display the underline on all the links. Maybe I need to add a space between the links and the photos to make them more apparent?? :dunno

red bud 08-11-2010 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tom S
Very nice, Jack. :thumb At first I didn't realize that starting at the 3rd pic the titles above them are all links to different reports. They don't look like links for some reason. Others might miss that too. Maybe they need to be underlined?

Just got back from Wet Whittier.

thanks i missed that to

BusyWeb 08-11-2010 10:02 PM

:clap

Goldie05 09-13-2010 05:15 PM

Oh, great, I just found your link page :D now where am I going to find the time to read all the entries? :rolleyes
Love the pictures, it's already in my saved links, I have lots of reading to do :lurk

Nice Concours :thumb

I'm also planning a trip to Alaska in 2012, I should have enough time to read everything before then :lol3

DirtDabber 09-13-2010 07:43 PM

Geeze, and I thought I was clicking on just one ride report. :deal

See-Double-You 09-13-2010 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alcan Rider
The links start just above the third photo. Mine display the underline on all the links. Maybe I need to add a space between the links and the photos to make them more apparent?? :dunno


I think that'd do it. Or maybe a different color..

Alcan Rider 09-13-2010 11:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by See-Double-You
I think that'd do it. Or maybe a different color..

Ask, and ye shall receive. :nod

marbee40 09-16-2010 03:38 PM

Toomuchwork...
 
makes Jack a dull boy! Evidently he ain't had much work! :D

Great pix! Looking forward to riding with you in the future! What camera are you using for the majority of the photos? Can't be a crappy point-n-shoot...can it???

Alcan Rider 09-17-2010 10:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marbee40
makes Jack a dull boy! Evidently he ain't had much work! :D

Go wash your mouth out! :ddog That 4-letter "W" word is verboten in Ride Reports.

:lol3

Quote:

Originally Posted by marbee40
Great pix! Looking forward to riding with you in the future!

Thank you. Likewise, but you have to be willing to stop frequently for more photos. :D

Quote:

Originally Posted by marbee40
What camera are you using for the majority of the photos? Can't be a crappy point-n-shoot...can it???

Not a crappy point-n-shoot... a rather capable point-n-shoot for most of them. The early ones were shot with an Olympus D450 with an "enormous" 1.3MP capability. :lol2 Then I upgraded to a Sony H1 for the majority of what I have posted here. This year I have been using a Nikon Coolpix P90.

While it would be nice to have and use a really good DSLR with interchangeable lenses, I haven't seen the need for that yet. These new digitals have so much built-in capability that I'll probably never use it all. With my 35mm SLR's I used to pack close to 30 lbs of camera and lenses. A single digital point-n-shoot does more than all those wide angle and telephotos, weighs less than 2 lbs, and can be put into action much quicker as I don't have to mess with focus or exposure settings.


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