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Old 04-04-2011, 06:22 PM   #136
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Great pictures ! What kind of camera gear are you using ?

The majority of photos (especially the ones on the go) were taken with our Olympus Stylus 1050SW P&S. When we get to an area that is extra-spectacular, then we pull out the Nikon D3000. I wish I would of taken more photos with the Nikon, but sometimes it was just too much extra effort to get to it.


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Old 04-04-2011, 08:12 PM   #137
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subscribed! Keep it coming! ...... one other thing, I'm Canadian, and totally do not 'get' Tim Hortons either. Why are they popular? Seriously.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:31 PM   #138
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To the Arctic Circle


Day 15 June 14, 2010
Mileage today: 423
Total Trip Mileage: 5,164


Out of any day so far on the trip, this was the day that I was most concerned about what the weather was going to be like. We were going up the Dalton Hwy to the Arctic Circle, and I have seen a lot of pictures/reports of what that road can be like when it's wet. The reason why it gets so bad is because the surface is saturated with a calcium chloride mixture that helps keep the dust down under dry conditions, but when it gets wet, it gets really slick and slimey. Remember, we are 2up on a V-strom 650 with street tires .

We get an early start out of Fairbanks, headed North towards Livengood.



Weather looks like it is going to cooperate .



Right after the turn off for Livengood, you get to the junction with the start of the Dalton Hwy.





The road surface was supurb .



I love hard packed dirt surfaces. Very similar to pavement.



We wick it up.



And the road begins to closely parallel the pipeline.




We find a spot to pull off so we can have a closer look and maybe even a touch of the pipeline. Nikki was apprehensive on account of the locked gate.



Nah, that's just so you don't take your car down there, c'mon.





Then, I had an even better idea. Just to give the people back home some perspective.



It's a lot bigger than it looks.



A pretty impressive piece of engineering.



Then it was back on the bike and back on the road. We came across a random section of pavement.



It's got lane markings and everything!



But it's short lived, and we are back to dirt.



It's not too long before you reach the Yukon River Crossing.



Yukon River Bridge:





This is your one stop for gas until Coldfoot.



From this point we are almost halfway to the circle, so we continue on.



As you continue North you can see the terrain starting to turn to tundra.



The desolation you feel while traveling through an area like this is incredible. I loved it. Lot's of time to think about stuff, or nothing at all...




When you see this sign, you know you are getting close to the Arctic Circle.





And then,




we made it!



The Northern most point that we will travel on this trip (and probably in our lives). It's all South from here.

We hung around for a bit, and tried to eat some lunch at the picnic area. The mosquitoes were so bad here that if you stood still for a second they would engulf you. So we paced around and ate a sandwich, then turned back south.

On the return, we stopped again at the Yukon River Crossing for gas.



I didn't mention this earlier, but before you pump gas you have to go inside and give them a credit card to hold. Makes sense, seeing as how the gas pump is like a 1/4 mile away from the cashier. Anyhow, this time I just sent Nikki in there with some cash (actually my wallet) and figured she would be good enough collateral for the $12 worth of gas I would be pumping. However, the lady inside insisted that Nikki allow her to hold a Credit Card, as it was "just easier that way". Nikki obliges and forks over the card. She then goes to the bathroom. I finish pumping gas, go inside, get a drink, and head to the counter. I pay, using cash, for the drink and the gas. Nikki comes out of the restroom, and we leave.

We make it back to Fairbanks pretty late in the afternoon. Probably around 6:00 or so, and head back to camp UofA Dorm. We go and take our showers and meet up to decide about dinner. We figured we would try some Pizza place in town. We hop on the bike and go to the pizza place. Time comes to pay for pizza, and I open my wallet up. Hmm... that's weird. Where is my Visa card? "Hey Nikki, what did you do with the card at the gas station?" "What do you mean?", she asks. Nikki looks puzzled, "Didn't that lady give it back to you when you paid?" "No, why would she give it back to me if you gave it to her?" Nikki feels really bad now as all the pieces start to fall into place.



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Old 04-04-2011, 09:08 PM   #139
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Oh man come on, your killing me. So get on with it. What happend ?
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:10 PM   #140
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:26 PM   #141
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What is this? Some frikken' Dan Brown novel?!?! ;-)

Ok, ok, I'll wait until tomorrow to hear how it works out and I won't complain anymore....
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Old 04-04-2011, 09:48 PM   #142
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What is this? Some frikken' Dan Brown novel?!?! ;-)

Ok, ok, I'll wait until tomorrow to hear how it works out and I won't complain anymore....
LOL ...

Subscribed, enjoying the RR. Keep it coming.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:39 PM   #143
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Excellent ride report, thank you for all the work you're putting into it, keep it coming!
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:51 AM   #144
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OMG... how will they ever get their credit card back... ???
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:44 AM   #145
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:35 PM   #146
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We're going this year

One of my brothers, my son and I are going to Alaska this June-July. My son on a Vstrom 1000, bother on a BMW K1200GT and me on a Honda ST1300. I'm enjoying your report and taking notes especially on the camping. We want to camp as much as possible with motel sprinkled in now and then. We'll probably stay on paved roads as much as possible but like you we'll check out the road to the Arctic Circle when we get there. We could cook food as we go but are wanting to skip this chore and eat out as much as possible so we don't have to lug the equipment around.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:34 PM   #147
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Still subscribed.

Still readin' it.

Still lovin' it.

Thanks again for sharing, and looking forward to the rest of the adventure!
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:35 PM   #148
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I am also heading up to Alaksa this June. Hoping to make it to Prudhoe Bay. Why did you decide to stop short of Prudhoe Bay? From what I understand the Arctic Circle is about 1/2 way up. I sure hope we get the same road conditions you got. I'm riding a VStrom 1000, my buddy is on a more sensible KLR650 for the Dalton.
Enjoying your report, thanks a lot.
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:45 PM   #149
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we are going as well

departure date July 4th heading to Inuvik, Prudhoe Bay and back to the Vancouver area BC. Great RR...can't wait to see some of the places you went! 42 days to take it all in we have!
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:14 PM   #150
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You mean you just left Nikki there all winter with the gold miners....
How could you....
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