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Old 07-16-2010, 02:19 PM   #16
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:43 PM   #17
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Day 5
This was a cold morning with heavy frost.



Kluane Lake, a big lake!

And when we finally reach Alaska.......

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Old 07-16-2010, 03:25 PM   #18
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Looks like the weather cooperated with you so far! When did you start your trip? Just wondering because of the morning frost in Canada.
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:27 PM   #19
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Day 5

The morning started early and was probably the coldest morning of the trip.




When I took my rainfly off my tent and laid it on the ground the moisture on the inside of it froze.







shortly out of Haines junction we got our first lesson on Frost Heaves.


Frost Heave noun
A section of ruptured pavement caused by the expansion of freezing water immediately under the road. Also called frost boil.


Frost Heaving (′fröst ′hēv·iŋ)
(geology) The lifting and distortion of a surface due to internal action of frost resulting from subsurface ice formation; affects soil, rock, pavement, and other structures.



what the definition doesn't tell you is that Frost Heaves come in all shapes and sizes. From 2 inch potholes to massive swallow your car Craters.

Sorry none of us got a decent picture of a Frost Heave


We were having way too much fun dodging the small ones and nearly getting air off the big ones at 60 mph +, I think my tires left the pavement on more than one occasion.

The Pavement was just Wonderfully Terrible.


We stopped for fuel in Beaver Creek where Fred got a cup of coffee




3 times the fun.




30 miles and hundreds of frost heaves down the road we stopped at a rest area and I heard Fred saying his coffee was too hot back there and he had to take it with him.

I said "so let me get this straight we were jumping and dodging frost heaves while you were back there helmet flipped up, drinking coffee that was too hot and riding through that shit?"

Fred answers "Yeah?"




Alaska


The border crossing was great, not even a "take your helmet off please" I hate crossing borders.






a great representation







as soon as we got back on the pavement we saw some guy driving his plane down the road





The Tananna river (I believe)










We stopped in Tok for fuel, I'm sure there is a story behind this.



Then to Fast Eddies for lunch. notice the bikes have some mud on them now from the construction around the border.




The car in this picture is an Aston Martin (Db9?) The guy was Headed to Calgary Alberta on the same road we just came through.








We stopped at a gift shop in Tok for some new stickers.







and Fred got a big one.




Outside of Tok we passed where they had a Forest fire about 2 weeks before, I guess it closed the road for 2 days





it started raining around Delta Junction.




and rained on us all the way to Fairbanks.








We got in fairly late, tired, and hungry so we got the first motel we saw. The College would have been cheaper but we had food and beer within walking distance and real beds for the first time in a few days it was quite nice.
besides tommorow was a big day.
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:10 PM   #20
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:52 PM   #21
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Day 6

Morning in Fairbanks brought us cloudy skies, a light fog, and no rain.

we enjoyed our complimentary continental breakfast and left the motel at around 8:30.









We passed the Dalton HWY sign, the pavement ended and almost immediately it started raining, coupled with a thick fog, then we caught up to a semi truck hauling a huge atco trailer followed by a pilot car, we couldn't see the front of the truck let alone any oncoming traffic. all of this in the first mile of the Dalton.

I thought, well I guess this is the Haul Road........... Cool!


The truck pulled over and the pilot car driver waived us by. then the fog lifted and the rain lightened up, just a bit of mud to deal with now.




















Crossing the Yukon River









someone chime in here and tell me what these speakers are for.




we stopped at the Yukon river for fuel and the first thing Fred said was "I can't believe were having these perfect riding conditions" I guess you had to be there but there was alot of laughing and joking the rest of the trip about that comment. I would'nt go as far as perfect but I'd say conditions were good so far.

and Hey, were NorthWetters this road is way better than any loggin road we got, escpecially when it's raining.





crappy 87 octane from a barrel.




The Yukon River




this is also were we met Austin, an Adventure rider from Hawaii





After the Yukon River conditions were pretty damn close to perfect





wonderfull, moist, smooth, why are we only going 70?, DIRT





I've read alot of threads on the Dalton, some of which describe almost unrideable conditions, others say it's a great road easily ridden on a Harley.

I say it's just freakin sweet.





























Mom and 5 Babies.






Good Camo















next stop the Arctic Circle.

















and another new sticker for the Gobis




The Arctic Interpretive center in Coldfoot




Nice Place





You are Here..








We got to see :


Badger





Sheep




Linx




Arctic Hare




Moose Antlers




Wolf and Bear Hides




and we got our Arctic Circle Certificates










$4.50 per Gallon, I was expecting higher










Back on the Dalton









to The Boreal Lodge in Wiseman



Nice Place and 1/2 the price of the Coldfoot Camp.




complete with showers and Kitchen

Jeff Cooks Mac and Cheese


I eat it




After dinner we walked around and took some pictures







it's all alternative energy here.













The town Phone





















After my picture taking tour of Wiseman it was time to hit the hay, More to come tommorow.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:19 PM   #22
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I'm really enjoying following your ride report. I just did this trip two years ago, but looking at all the familiar places makes me wish I were on the road in AK again.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:43 PM   #23
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:48 AM   #24
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A few more old equipment shots from Wiseman.


We were gonna miss this shindig

The Boreal Lodge was a great place to stay if your ever in the area.

The next day started out overcast





At the top of the pass


The Brooks Range was spectacular.


More on that later.
Next we ran into these hungry creatures


When people say you need 98% Deet and a headnet they aren't joking! I have never seen so many mosquitos. We were also warned to watch for trucks approaching from ahead and behind and to pull over and give them lots of room. Although we never had any come from behind , we did have a lot of oncoming trucks. The drivers seemed to appreciate our pulling over and giving them lots of room. They always waved using all five fingers. Back to Ippons post about the speakers on the Yukon River bridge. I was to far away to hear clearly what was broadcast but it sounded like "HEY YOU DUMB A$$ DIDN"T YOU READ THE SIGN ABOUT NOT STOPPING ON THE BRIDGE. THERE IS A TRUCK COMING BEHIND YOU AND HE IS GOING TO BE PISSED IF YOU ARE IN HIS WAY!!!" But maybe someone who was closer could comment.
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Old 07-17-2010, 01:01 PM   #25
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Back to Ippons post about the speakers on the Yukon River bridge. I was to far away to hear clearly what was broadcast but it sounded like "HEY YOU DUMB A$$ DIDN"T YOU READ THE SIGN ABOUT NOT STOPPING ON THE BRIDGE. THERE IS A TRUCK COMING BEHIND YOU AND HE IS GOING TO BE PISSED IF YOU ARE IN HIS WAY!!!" But maybe someone who was closer could comment.


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Old 07-17-2010, 08:56 PM   #26
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Needs more bolcanoes!

I needs some of deeze stickers.

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Old 07-18-2010, 12:34 AM   #27
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Day 7

Wiseman to Prudhoe

we started out early but the truckers started earlier







its a mere 75 miles from Wiseman to Atigun Pass



















descending onto the North Slope












It's All Tundra Now


















Whenever we would stop flocks of birds would show up







A guy pulled up on a DL1000 to say Hi while we were stopped, I didn't catch his name but he was on his second attempt at Prudhoe Bay, Last year he broke a chain 60 miles short of his goal and was forced to ship the bike home for repair.





Just A few miles down the road we came over a small hill to see the guy we were just talking to pushing his bike to the edge of the road next to the tell tale signs of a wipe out in the dirt. He was allright and the bike was rideable, once he strapped his mangled right Jessie Bag back on.


the road surface




The trucks haul ass, I think around 75 or 80 in some places. Most of the road is wide enough to allow 2 trucks to pass each other. The only reason we slowed down and pulled over to the right was to reduce the contact speed with the baseball sized rocks thrown from the trucks tires at you helmet.







There are no trees on the Tundra











our first Cariboo sighting




There are no trees on the Tundra





The KTM could'nt make it on a tank of fuel......... Go figure











a short stretch of unexpected pavement.






and then Gravel






the Franklin Bluffs









Then these guys showed up right in front of the bluffs




I really wanted to see a wild muskoxen on this trip, the were farther away than I had hoped but hey, I got to see 2.




As we get close to Prudhoe bay it starts to get a little foggy





and these guys are all over












Really foggy now





The white stuff on the road looks and smells exactly like one of the chemicals I use at work, 97% pure calcium Chloride. Nasty, Sticky, Toxic, and Corrosive as hell. Their dumping it by the truckload then grading it into the road.




The First stop in Deadhorse was for fuel.




They want you to put a catch basin under your vehicle so you don't spill a few drops of fuel on the ground and kill a salmon or a mosquito. Nevermind the tons of calcium were dumping on the road.



sign said 240 miles KTM says





next stop our motel. The Deadhorse camp




After we got into our rooms I took a walk around the yard to check out all the cool toys, the sun was back out.







It's all on tracks or skii's













After a while we headed into the big city to see the sights.











Then we hopped on the tour bus to see the Arctic Ocean (The Beaufort Sea)









The Arctic Ocean




Fred gets a shoe in




Jeff tries it, Man that water looks cold









Ah? What the hell? I'm an Adventure Rider, I might as well try it.













Shrinkage!






Quite Refreshing, Honest.





After that it was time for a hot shower and a good night's sleep.
our trip was almost halfway over.
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:37 AM   #29
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There were acres and acres of cool equipment.



We talked to these two guys earlier, they were riding one way and flying themelves and the bikes back to seattle.


Must have been fun cleaning the bikes after they sat for a few days.
Deadhorse Camp

Poor shot of a nice room

Dining and kichen area


This is Justin, he ran the show at Deadhorse Camp

Didn't take us Northwetters long to get Justin in the adv mode

Thanks Justin. Deahorse Camp was a great place to stay. GOOD FOOD and the best showers of the trip, plus free laundry.
This is what the top of a well looks like

That is what is inside of the smaller buildings here

The oil field was interesting to see. I had no idea how big it is.



If you can you should go see it and do the tour.
The next day we headed for Fairbanks, 494 miles south.





We stopped to do a little fishing


Almostfred lands one


Back over Antigun


And on to UAF for the night.

$36.00 for a single. Best nights sleep of the trip. I had lost my low beam on the Dalton so the next morning it was off to Trails End BMW for a t-shirt and bulb

They also sell Harley, Honda, Polaris and Victory. As it turned out I had a fault in the Canbus system. Many thanks to the service manager for the reset information. Next stop would be Dawson City.
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Day 8
Prudhoe to Fairbanks (all the way)








it was quite foggy that morning in Deadhorse





a few Cariboo ran accross the road in front of us like ghosts in the fog




Then about 60 miles south of Prudhoe




The road surface on the Dalton seemed to change about every 20 or 30 miles we had everything from sloppy mud, to hard dirt, small deep gravel, big 6" minus gravel, and even some boring pavement.




Hell, Sometimes it was even a divided Highway








As we closed the distance with the Brooks Range, The weather was Great and the scenery was Awsome.


























Atigun pass up ahead















and down the other side to more divided highway





A co-worker told me a story once about flying from Barrow to Anchorage, He was seated next to a little girl, 5 or 6 years old and he asked her what she was going to do when they got to Anchorage. She replied "I'm going to see a tree".

now I understand.





a few miles north of Coldfoot we were stopped by an excavator loaded on a lowboy sideways




they were hauling it sideways and stopping to clear out the ditches.






I rolled into Coldfoot on Fumes, 2 miles after the KTM said I would run out of Gas.





Fred got some pictures inside where we had lunch







Jeff and I had omelettes, Fred had pancakes.




After We filled up on food and fuel in Coldfoot We headed south and experienced what I might consider Perfect riding conditions.







It was a tad Muddy at the Yukon River but nothing us NorthWet folk couldn't handle.





The post Dalton Picture





We got to Fairbanks fairly late and headed straight to the University of Alaska Fairbanks



We got our room and headed down town for some fast food.




I stayed up a late to make a couple phone calls home and see how dark it really got.


12:30 A.M




Tommorow we would be on Top of The World.

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