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Old 08-06-2007, 08:38 AM   #181
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Killer photos!!

BHB - the panorama's are sweet! Gives good perspective.
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:17 AM   #182
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Cool, we're back on the road.

Fantastic scenery!
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Old 08-06-2007, 06:47 PM   #183
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Last stretch to Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay

"Trudgin' across the tundra, mile after mile... trudgin across the tundra, right down to the parish of St. Alphonzo."
Points to you if you recognize this quote


















I have never seen a rainbow like this! Some kind of double or triple rainbow. It was awesome!



The best way to to this road is by motorcycle, but if I were forced to take 4 wheels, I could certainly think of worse ways. Awesome!



You could tell by looking at the overcast on the horizon that the Arctic Ocean was coming, yeah!



So, you're curious about the road conditions?



The closer you get to Deadhorse, typically the thicker and larger the gravel. If, when your time comes to hit the Haul Road and the gravel is just too thick for you to traverse, you might want to consider just waiting awhile and let the trucks that go by to pack it down.






Still murdering the bugs with my Adventure weapon!



Ya know, you might be tempted to dismiss the tundra as just a frozen wasteland and something to just get through, but it's awesome, especially when you consider just where you're at.








Some kind of outpost.







Pump Station #4. Check out the angle of the antenna pointing to the geosyncronous, equitorially orbiting satellites!





Remember this location for later.



Ok, here's what I don't get: there are zillions of skeeter's out there. What the hell do they eat while they're waiting for hapless boobs to stumble about across the tundra?


Deadhorse at last!



It was a long way's gettin' here.




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Old 08-06-2007, 08:42 PM   #184
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"Trudgin' across the tundra, mile after mile... trudgin across the tundra, right down to the parish of St. Alphonzo."
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Frank Zappa from Apostrophe
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:24 PM   #185
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Ding ding ding! You win!
I'm always amazed that no one ever picks up the sprinkling of Zappa that I leave everywhere.
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:02 PM   #186
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I'm pretty sure you're photoshopping BHB into this thread. He looks the same in every pose. He didn't really go did he.

Nice touch adding the pipe in there.

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Old 08-06-2007, 11:54 PM   #187
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Ding ding ding! You win!
I'm always amazed that no one ever picks up the sprinkling of Zappa that I leave everywhere.
Damn. Missed it. I thought you were setting up for a Prudhoe Pancake Breakfast.

"Arrogantly twisting the sterile canvas snoot of a fully charged icing anointment utensil, he puts forth a quarter-ounce green rosette near the summit of a dense but radiant muffin of his own design!"

Sweet.
I, for one, care less for them.
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:27 PM   #188
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I'm pretty sure you're photoshopping BHB into this thread. He looks the same in every pose. He didn't really go did he.

Nice touch adding the pipe in there.

He spent July hiding under a table at the New Old Lompoc.
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:45 PM   #189
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I have some new information on some of the shots that I did not know. Thanks to Alcan Rider!
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A good shot of Sukapak Mt. edit: drrags - I would have named it Billy the Mountain


Rather than being Atigun, this is the climb up to the Chandalar Shelf. The pullout at the bottom, where you photographed the Kenworth with the hood open, is the location of what used to be the "Farthest North Spruce Tree" on the Haul Road. After ascending to the Chandalar Shelf, there are a few more miles of relatively gentle grades before the actual ascent of Atigun.


This pullout is right at the bottom of the Ice Cut, at the top of which starts the cobblestone pavement for most of the next 80 miles or so to Deadhorse.
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Old 08-07-2007, 02:51 PM   #190
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:23 PM   #191
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Chaos at Prudhoe Bay

Some of us arrive at Prudhoe Bay! Yay!



You might recognize this as a gas station




What you have to do is enter the little shack, and make sure you follow the directions.




And go back outside and get the nozzle out of it's little house.




But where's Brauhausbier? Is he over there?




Remember when I told you to take note of this location, about 30 miles outside of Prudhoe Bay?




He's still out there!
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:16 PM   #192
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It's only flat on the bottom

While I had a close call...



Brauhausbier was deep in it.



Not something I'd want to be doing at 11:00 at "night"
















Check out the time-stamp! These hunters just came out of nowhere!
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:48 PM   #193
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Some random pics

Prudhoe Bay struck me as something straight out of a science-fiction movie. It was cool!


Our hotel!



The entrance to our wing is around here somewhere



It would have been nice to wash the calcium chloride off of the bikes, as it eats aluminum, but we were told there was no washing of vehicles in Prudhoe Bay.


You gotta love it!


Walk down this hall...



To get to your $180 room (or $90 each)


This is where you go to get on the Prudhoe Bay tour.


This is the guy who sez yeah or nay. He gave a great presentation before our ride around Prudhoe Bay.


The tour allows you to get past this place



A National Forest!

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Old 08-08-2007, 12:11 AM   #194
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Warning, Danger Will Robinson! Avert your eyes!

The tour bus ultimately takes you out to a spit on the Arctic Ocean.


Brauhausbier puts the boot to the Arctic Ocean!



The bus carries towels if you want to go for a swim and join the Polar Bear Club. "Oh, hell no, I won't do that!" But when we got there, I couldn't resist!
Mom, Dad, don't look! This really isn't me, it's a stand-in!




Amazing how warm I feel right now.


Ok, there are more, but at the last minute I'm feeling compassion for you viewers and have decided that these four will just have to do. My newest phrase: I only wear clothes to keep you from being embarrassed .
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:21 AM   #195
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Thanks for the ride along................now that you are at your destination.......I have a couple ?s

You ride all the way to Prudhoe Bay and then they stop you and will not allow you to continue on to the Artic ocean?????????why???????? is it a national security thing w/the pipeline????????

How far is the guide/tour/ride to the artic ocean??? from Prudhoe Bay??? is this a full day event?? if so what else is provided in this ride/tour and how much does it cost???

WOW!!! 180.00 per night!!!!!!!! I guess if your the only game in town then you can charge what ever you wish.

I saw that you guys ride most day and night, did you by chance ever stop while in/on the tundra region and camp/rest/nap or was doing so too risky of a venture w/bears, wolves, etc.

What were the temp ranges you experienced during this ride??

Thanks for the adventure..............now I'm looking forward to the report on the trip back

Sorry for the noob ?s
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