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Old 01-29-2013, 04:40 PM   #46
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You Might Consider This When Riding From Barrow to Inuvik

I am by no means an expert in Arctic Motorcycling, but I do have some experience in "tundra travel" and an understanding of the shorelines of the Beaufort Sea leading from Barrow to Inuvik. There are numerous challenges anyone would face in attempting to navigate the 500+ miles of shoreline from Barrow to Inuvik.

Some thoughts;
1) Any ice road constructed on the North Slope is not open to the public. You would likely not be granted access unless you were an Alaska Native. These ice roads are constructed by oil and gas companies for their activities and paid for by these same entities.

2) After leaving Barrow-you would have more than 200 miles of shoreline to navigate to reach Prudhoe Bay (Deadhorse). Pressure Ridges of as much as 8' could occur and open water at the mouth of every river is likely. Leave in March and you could have a wonderfully smooth ride. The sea ice should be solid by this time.

3) Prudhoe Bay - This could legitimately be your first "gas stop"/repair stop/warm shower, etc. Stopping anywhere along the way will put you in prime polar bear country. It's only the males looking for seals along the sea ice that you need to worry about. The females will be sleeping. The mouth of the Colville River is prime polar bear habitat. You do not want to sleep in a tent out there. Polar bears survive on their sense of smell.

4) If you do choose to ride the sea ice along the coast you would be on State of Alaska lands and waters-no permit needed. You would also discover that there are numerous offshore drilling rigs operating there this winter, beginning near the Colville River and extending towards Prudhoe Bay (the actual body of water).

5) Beyond Prudhoe Bay (about 60 miles) you will find Exxon at Pt. Thompson. Another hub of activity and then onto the last vestige of civilization in NE Alaska, Kaktovik where you could find gas, food, and lodging.

If you make it this far-you're on you way Inuvik is only another few hundred miles. (Maybe more or less).

Current temperature; -33 degrees. Oh-and your GPS may work at those temperatures-but only if you don't accidently bump the unit and shatter your screen.

BTW: I would be ecstatic if you were able to accomplish this-it would be a huge compliment to mankind's ability (and your's) to overcome adversity.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:06 PM   #47
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The ice road is the frozen sea !

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Old 01-29-2013, 11:26 PM   #48
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Ice Road

one of last years ice roads:
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:52 AM   #49
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Sjaak Polar Ice Ride Thread

Sjaak arrives in Barrow today.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:29 AM   #50
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Lodging in Barrow?

Sjaak called in. Guess there is a whale conf in Barrow.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:48 PM   #51
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Pepe's burned down last week, just thought people might be interested...
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:29 PM   #52
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man, that sucks. At least there's still pizza!
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:47 PM   #53
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Drive to Barrow

Actually you can drive from Deadhorse to Barrow on the winter "snow" road. I worked three years out of Wainwright and Barrow, and folks drove it a fair amount. And therein lies many a tale !!!
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