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View Results: IS IT POSSIBLE?
Yes, Sjaak will make it to Canada 29 76.32%
No, Sjaak will not make it to Canada 3 7.89%
Maybe. 6 15.79%
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:54 AM   #91
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zet 'm op sjaak

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Old 02-22-2013, 02:18 PM   #92
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Too Much Weight

The sled is too heavy and the drag (fuel consumption) was greater than expected. Bike is working perfect, but fuel consumption is 4 x expected.

So Sjaak is shortening the route and heading to Pruhdoe Bay tomorrow (hopefully).

This video from a few days back is of more 'field' modifications.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXVH28b5Pe0
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:50 PM   #93
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I'm thinking that the easiest fix would be to put a front steering axle, mounted where the front wheel is, with 2 snowmobile skis
for steering/tracking. Keep the skis set wide to increase stability. Two more skis or, at the least, skegs at the rear of the sledge would add more directional stability. This should increase control of the bike-sledge combination during hard decelerations instead of the current instability due to the sledges lack of direction control.
The sledge actually has great directional control - so long as the direction you want to go is straight ahead.

The natives who live up there, and have accumulated a bit of experience in pulling sledges across the ice and tundra, will put a long - maybe 20' to 30' long - rope between their snowmachine and the sledge. They don't make sharp turns, but those are rarely needed if the rider is watching ahead. The rope's length allows the sledge to slide to a stop a safe distance behind the machine, and also has the added benefit of giving the sledge a sharp tug to get it moving after it has been sitting for a few minutes. Even in sub-zero temperatures the sledge's runners gain a bit of heat. Not enough to melt the ice, but when you add the pressure the sledge's weight puts on the ice, it will melt (try the string over the ice cube trick some time) and then refreeze, sometimes making it difficult to get the sledge moving again. With a long rope coiled behind the snowmachine, as soon as it becomes taut, the sledge comes loose. Of course, this also gives the rider a jolt, but they soon become accustomed to it, and are prepared for that. As long as Sjaak is moving in a straight line away from the sledge, the jerk would not tip his bike sideways, but might cause him to slide up onto the tank a bit briefly.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:43 PM   #94
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Rough start. Hopefully tomorrow.

"Unfortunately I had to give up on the first attempt. The sledge, fuel and all the luggage was far too heavy to pull. To get less weight I have send 80kg/200lb by air to Nuiqsut, the first town where I can get off the ice and can go on the road system. Plan was to have a fresh start today. A severe weather alert caused another delay. Hopefully tomorrow afternoon I can go on my way."

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Old 02-24-2013, 05:20 AM   #95
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I almost hate to suggest this at this point because I realize it would take away somewhat from the spirit of this ride, but could Sjaak not put the wheels back on the sledge and try to carve a path through the bush over to Deadhorse via land?

I realize it would be rough going - perhaps the newly made friends in Barrow could go ahead of him in snow machines making a rough trail for Sjaak to follow - or perhaps a crude snow machine trail exists already this time of year from Barrow to Deadhorse? I'm sure the locals could answer this.

*IF* such a thing is even possible it would still serve the purpose of riding Barrow to Key West.

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Old 02-24-2013, 09:48 AM   #96
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You should be able to use the wheels from Nuiqsut to Prudhoe. I guess they still have a winter road there. (I built one from PB to Nuiqsut years ago.) Also maybe an ice road out to Flaxman island, leaving from East POint.
Good luck!!
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:58 AM   #97
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Yesterday:

"Every day there is something new that’s withholding me from leaving Barrow and getting on the polar ice. After bad weather before, it is was a coolant leak yesterday and today the generator which is necessary to preheat the bike failed due to dirt in the fuel system."

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Old 02-28-2013, 09:55 AM   #98
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Eskimo Repair

Anyone who's traveled in remote regions, with limited parts, less than ideal condition, etc, will appreciate the need for the unorthodox 'fix' as shown in this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfhS02igdVE
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:43 PM   #99
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The R1 and Sled in Action

Finally some video of the first tests...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmSui2FnyvU
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:35 AM   #100
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Uh oh. We've been having unseasonably warm temps all the way up to Barrow.

"Dear Polar Ice Ride Adventure followers. Finally the moment of leaving the Top of the World is in sight. The wind which blows the snow over the ice will soon go down. This same wind brought movement in the ice on the west coast of Barrow and what was a thick ice layer of ice before, turned over night into open water. But I go to the east, together with Lioyd, a guide/escort which I hired with his snow machine. Apart from bringing safety he could also tow my sled if necessary. This way I can spare my motorcycle which can barely pull the heavy load. As soon as Lioyd gives the okay we leave from the Top of the World. Will it happen this time?
Until … Sjaak"

What was ice and snow in the distance is now open ocean.

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Old 03-10-2013, 06:20 AM   #101
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Is the planned route over land or sea ice?
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:57 AM   #102
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Is the planned route over land or sea ice?
The first part is over sea ice (I think) from Barrow to Prudhoe Bay but the early melt is screwing with those plans Damn you, global warming!

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Old 03-10-2013, 01:39 PM   #103
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Sea ice will raft up/back up and leave open water. Assume his guide knows this but not an easy transit. I went thru on a USCG breaker and remember how quickly things changed. Wish him all the best.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:21 PM   #104
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:20 AM   #105
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Underway!

Sjaak has employed a guide who will be in a tracked vehicle.

Day 1 overnight coordinates: N71.01.938 W154.39.281

Here is a clip of some earlier testing with the hookup to the sled.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCc2PljqnXA




This image really brings it home for me! Overnight on the frozen sea!



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