Morning in Fairbanks brought us cloudy skies, a light fog, and no rain.
we enjoyed our complimentary continental breakfast and left the motel at around 8:30.
We passed the Dalton HWY sign, the pavement ended and almost immediately it started raining, coupled with a thick fog, then we caught up to a semi truck hauling a huge atco trailer followed by a pilot car, we couldn't see the front of the truck let alone any oncoming traffic. all of this in the first mile of the Dalton.
I thought, well I guess this is the Haul Road........... Cool!
The truck pulled over and the pilot car driver waived us by. then the fog lifted and the rain lightened up, just a bit of mud to deal with now.
Crossing the Yukon River
someone chime in here and tell me what these speakers are for.
we stopped at the Yukon river for fuel and the first thing Fred said was "I can't believe were having these perfect riding conditions" I guess you had to be there but there was alot of laughing and joking the rest of the trip about that comment. I would'nt go as far as perfect but I'd say conditions were good so far.
and Hey, were NorthWetters this road is way better than any loggin road we got, escpecially when it's raining.
crappy 87 octane from a barrel.
The Yukon River
this is also were we met Austin, an Adventure rider from Hawaii
After the Yukon River conditions were pretty damn close to perfect
wonderfull, moist, smooth, why are we only going 70?, DIRT
I've read alot of threads on the Dalton, some of which describe almost unrideable conditions, others say it's a great road easily ridden on a Harley.
I say it's just freakin sweet.
Mom and 5 Babies.
next stop the Arctic Circle.
and another new sticker for the Gobis
The Arctic Interpretive center in Coldfoot
You are Here..
We got to see :
Wolf and Bear Hides
and we got our Arctic Circle Certificates
$4.50 per Gallon, I was expecting higher
Back on the Dalton
to The Boreal Lodge in Wiseman
Nice Place and 1/2 the price of the Coldfoot Camp.
complete with showers and Kitchen
Jeff Cooks Mac and Cheese
I eat it
After dinner we walked around and took some pictures
it's all alternative energy here.
The town Phone
After my picture taking tour of Wiseman it was time to hit the hay, More to come tommorow.