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Old 02-19-2013, 07:34 PM   #1
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Why Prudhoe Bay

I see a few of you have made trips up to Prudhoe Bay, I've taken business trips to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Barrow and really don't see the draw of riding for days up in that mosquito - black fly infested state. All you see outside civilization is trees, tundra, a few bears and a moose or two.

Not knocking it - just wanting to know why?
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:37 PM   #2
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how is this a gs topic?
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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Not knocking it - just wanting to know why?
Because it's not Los Angeles.

Because it's about as far away from (my) work as I can get.

Because I love the Brooks Range.

Because it's there.

Because...



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Old 02-19-2013, 07:42 PM   #4
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maybe you just need to keep riding the freeways and leave any sort of adventure to those who choose to find it off the pavement. Thats about the stupidest question i've seen in a long long time here!
look up the Alaskin titty bar tour here and read it.. then come back and ask that question .... if you still have one.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:56 PM   #5
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Having ridden north to Deadhorse and south to Panama, I'd go south any day. YMMV

















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Old 02-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #6
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how is this a gs topic?
2nd wtf
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:14 PM   #7
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You know too much. The farther away a road is the more it get's exaggerated. If you think the Dalton is overrated, go to Argentina and ride Ruta 40. Dave
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:33 PM   #8
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how is this a gs topic?
don't mind the OP... he'll blow himself up when his under pannier Rotopax is cracked open and leaks fuel and go..
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:56 PM   #9
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I see a few of you have made trips up to Prudhoe Bay, I've taken business trips to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Barrow and really don't see the draw of riding for days up in that mosquito - black fly infested state. All you see outside civilization is trees, tundra, a few bears and a moose or two.

Not knocking it - just wanting to know why?
Why PBay?
Because I otherwise would have never run into the nice couple that was driving this 1916 Lancia on a Round The World race. Did I mention I had to/got to PUSH the car to get them startted on the road again?
1916 Lancia on a Rally! photo DSC01247.jpg

Nor would I have met world famous authors Janet and Ed Howle, authors of "The Long Road to Paris"
 photo DSC01240.jpg

Nor would I have been the recipient of a FREE HELMET cleaning from Janet
Courteous drivers along the way. photo GettingHelmetCleaned2012AlaskaTrip.jpg

BTW...this place along the Dalton is called "Finger Point"...I'm told it's for people who don't like AK
They call this place FINGER POINT...why? photo DSC01258.jpg

The trip cost a bit...but the experience was PRICELESS.

More topics for future threads:
Why Ushuaia
Why Punsandbay
Why Kinnarodden
Why Cape Agulhas
Why Wilson's Promontory
Why Tanjung Piai, Malaysia
Why Swami Vivekananda Rock

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Old 02-19-2013, 09:16 PM   #10
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It's a GS topic because most of the bikes up there are GS's

It's a big deal because of the map..... and the Artic Ocean.

Why go anywhere?

Sit at home and watch TV!!!.




Not many bugs in late August.


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Old 02-19-2013, 09:34 PM   #11
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I've been to the Artic ocean and 7 months later was doing airdrops to the south pole,
Riding the ALCAN and haul road doesn't seem that much of an adventure other than not
running out of gas
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:45 PM   #12
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To say you did it; to say you have ridden to the farthest northern point you can travel by road in the U.S.

...but you're right, Prudhoe Bay (at least the part you can see from your bike: Deadhorse) is an industrial park on a flat landscape, and not really a place you want to hang out in for very long. Don't get me wrong, the north is my home and I think an absolutely beautiful place to ride... but when I go up that way again (and I will because the Dalton Highway is awesome) I probably won't go much further than Galbraith Lake on the other side of Atigun Pass. Beyond that it just gets flatter and less interesting, culminating in the aforementioned industrial park.

I already have Deadhorse under my belt.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:02 PM   #13
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Blaa... I'll bite.

You don't want to run out of gas at the South Pole.

I just purchased 400 mt of 380 cst out of Whangarei so I / we are not caught out into Korea. Mundane job, but it pays.

Any pix of your adventures ?

Long winter here, ja ??

(This belongs in the basement)

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Old 02-19-2013, 10:03 PM   #14
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It's not "not a GS topic". The original question is akin to asking, "Why ride a motorcycle?".

It sounds a bit silly having to explain this, but...

I think the destination, for most, is coincidental.

The experience is the journey, and what one discovers along the way.

You gotta do what you gotta do, to have a good time.

Cheers, all!
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:10 AM   #15
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I see a few of you have made trips up to Prudhoe Bay, I've taken business trips to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Barrow and really don't see the draw of riding for days up in that mosquito - black fly infested state. All you see outside civilization is trees, tundra, a few bears and a moose or two.

Not knocking it - just wanting to know why?
Because it's there and because not a lot of people take the effort to go there.
It's the same reason why one goes to Ushuaia (Southermost point you can ride a bike in South America).
Then, when you do both in a same trip, you are the real "Fazedor de Chuva" (www.fazedoresdechuva.com riders that cover all 3 americas, extreme to extreme)
See the dates on the pictures below?! ;) I just took the long way around: 32K miles in 6 months.



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