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Old 08-03-2007, 10:11 PM   #166
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Ok, nevermind, stick a spork in me.

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Old 08-03-2007, 10:25 PM   #167
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Old 08-03-2007, 10:32 PM   #168
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Top of the World Highway revisited

I wish I had a way with words, but they escape me like my hat in the wind. At the moment I'm reading Ghost Rider, by Niel Peart, and on page 65 he describes the Top of the World Highway much better than I ever could.

"I rode down to the Yukon River and caught the ferry across, then headed up to the "Top of the World Highway." I had been skeptical about that name, thinking maybe it was another northern exaggeration, like "highway" often was, and by "top of the world" they only meant so far north, but the hyperbole was justified.
The narrow paved road twisted along the top of a high ridge with sweeping views on either side, looking down steep green mountain slopes and far off to distant ranges of purple and gray. It truly felt like the top of the world, and I decided it was one of the most spectacular roads I had ever travelled. Banking smoothly into the corners with the revs up high and the bike down low, looking ahead through the turn for the proper apex (and occasional scattering of gravel), I reflected that this was more like the sport of motorcycling, as opposed to the "survival course" of something like the Dempster. (Though I must confess that having made it all the way to Inuvik and back, I felt a little proud. In a foolish sort of way.)
The paving gave way to graded gravel near the Alaska border, where I stopped at a temporary-looking, prefab building (a seasonal, summer-only frontier) and switched off the engine to talk to the friendly officer. Riding away with a stamp in my passport reading "Poker Creek, Alaska," I had finally managed to visit all 50 of the United States."
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Old 08-03-2007, 10:42 PM   #169
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Old 08-04-2007, 09:44 PM   #170
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Arno you are doing an incredible job with this report. I really have to find a way to make this trip next year.
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Old 08-04-2007, 11:16 PM   #171
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top of the world highway

in 2003 when we rode the Top of the World Highway I had this thought that if it is the top of the world, could we fall off? it sticks with me today for some reason. Great, great road!

THe photos bring back so many great memories from my trip to AK, good job!
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:45 AM   #172
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I really have to find a way to make this trip next year.
You and me both, Jim. Though I have no idea how I'll swing that many days off. I *think* I know how I'll swing the cashola, but I have about $2k to add to my Husky to make it roadworthy for this trip (hard panniers, improve the light, GPS, seat upgrade). I hear you now are Huskied too.

The Batman bit was awesome. I wish I knew who posted them. I remember the day Arno showed up to work in that getup. Huge points. The one pic is on Grant road, IIRC.

We've come so far since then, and yet it seems we've barely moved the needle...
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Old 08-05-2007, 12:08 PM   #173
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I'm done for the day.
What- you think you get weekends off?
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:51 PM   #174
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Ha, lol!
Me, Direwolf, AlinBeaverton, Brian and Michelle took off to do off-road from McMinville to the coast. What a hoot! Gimme a minute to recover and clean up and I'll start on the next installment, you impatient ff's.
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:22 PM   #175
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Small factoid

The place to stay at Prudhoe Bay is the Prudhoe Bay Hotel. Their number is 907 659 2449. Half the price of the Arctic Caribou Inn.

For the Prudhoe Bay tour (and access to the Arctic Ocean and your own swim) call 907 659-2368. You must call 24 hours in advance. There are no exceptions.
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:49 PM   #176
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Some more Pan's

Approaching Attigan Pass



Attigan Valley





Further into the North Slope



Tundra 40 miles from Deadhorse



Returning to Fairbanks





Yukon River Bridge

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Old 08-06-2007, 12:02 AM   #177
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Wow!

Nicely done! They're beautiful!
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:35 AM   #178
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The Road to Coldfoot

I was pulling less than 40 mpg, so I thought maybe my aircleaner needed replacing. It didn't make a difference.



Mmmm, M&M's...
This is the point where we all put our spare gas in. Not sure exactly where, but it was before Coldfoot.




"We all" except for Mr. KLR, that is... :uhhuh




Coldfoot's just around the corner somewhere's (It had better be!)




Yes, Coldfoot! The Northern Most Truckstop in the USA!






Stop looking at me!




Another 640 Adventure! You'd have thought the Italian dude would be on a Ducati




Gotta go visit the Postoffice thread...


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Old 08-06-2007, 12:53 AM   #179
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The Road to Atigun Pass

Just a raft of pictures this time.

The road going north from Coldfoot was simply stunning.












































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Old 08-06-2007, 01:17 AM   #180
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Atigun Pass (between Coldfoot and Deadhorse)










The dreaded road grader. You do not want to see one of these.



Wet lens. Grrrr





























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