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Old 07-16-2013, 03:06 AM   #55
Yukon Johann
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Riding above the arctic circle.... Coldfoot to the Arctic Ocean. Brrrrr!!!!


Leaving Coldfoot

The mountains were spectacular thing to see up there.

We were both shocked that there was a paved road above the Arctic Circle.

The road was so much easier than people had made it out to be...although we got lucky, very lucky...

as we went, the views were getting even better

ANWR on our left and the Gates of the Arctic National Park on our right.
The Haul road cuts a path right down the middle.

Cathedrals of stone surrounded us

At the basin of the famous Atigun Pass...while up there we were joking about taking a Bikini shot since it was so HOT!!

It was a blistering 85 degrees... No kidding!!

At the base of the south end of the pass

Looking South as we climb up

Even from our mirrors we had great views! talk about awesome

The valley sneaking just past Gates of the Arctic and ANWR.
That opening leads to the open tundra all the way to the arctic ocean.

Unbelievable rocks

The north slope peters out on the Gates of the Arctic side. Awesome views.

The pipeline snaking past one more rocky outcrop

With the goal in mind, I press on while my dad stops to take a couple pictures of the final rocky slopes just before the flats.

Almost to the open tundra... Still around 85 degrees.

The open tundra and we encounter
THE ABSOLUTE WORST BUGS WE'VE EVER SEEN IN OUR LIVES!!!!

We could only enjoy the beauty momentarily to take pictures as
the bugs would swarm inside our helmets and down our jackets... what a nuisance

The temperature quickly drops to around the mid 40's and we stop to put on warm clothes.
We notice that the headlight guard on the Dakar has been damaged. It did it's job

The road went into the endless horizon. It was a weird feeling
like we were riding off the end of the earth. it almost felt like we didn't belong there.

Just before Prudhoe Bay we encounter this miniature mountain range of frozen tundra.
Ice could be seen for miles and miles on the frozen tundra.
The temperature began to drop below 40 degrees now.
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