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Old 12-22-2013, 06:41 PM   #361
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2014 alaska here i come. Riding out of seattle in june or july.
depending on your preferences, schedule, and choice of bike, there are some very cool route options with a Seattle start.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:36 AM   #362
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Oh I recognize this spot. What a differene a year makes:







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Old 01-21-2015, 08:18 PM   #363
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Oh I recognize this spot. What a differene a year makes:








that is an amazing comparison, and you've got a good eye in picking it up.

i've always said that the north is getting paved faster than most realize, ride now before it's all paved.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:36 PM   #364
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Nooooooo!!!!
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:09 AM   #365
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Nooooooo!!!!
sad, but very true. won't be any need for a dualsport above the 49th soon.

of course, that nice pavement doesn't stay that way long before the frost heaves turn it into a roller coaster and it gets all broken up. i've been on plenty of gravel up there that was way smoother than anything paved in the area. an example is another section of road nearby...gravel, then paved, then broken up, then the macadam stripped, and now it's back to gravel.


i see some industry excitement in your area, anything you're involved in?
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:27 PM   #366
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Esentially one and a 1/3 rail cars of oil got dumped in the river. Because the city assumed that the oil would float on top of the river, they didn't shut off the pumps while the oil passed by the town. The leak was below the river, lots of ice and a bridge abutment kept the oil in suspension and allowed the oil to be sucked in with the water through the intake structure 14' under the surface of the river. So the town was under a drinking ban for 5 days.
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:10 AM   #367
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Is that Top of the World Highway?
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:25 AM   #368
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Is that Top of the World Highway?
that photo is near the Jack Wade Junction on the Taylor Highway. the TOW technically ends at the border and is connected to the Taylor by the Boundary Spur, although riders from "outside" often refer to the whole stretch from Dawson to Chicken as the Top of the World.

that whole area was a mess of road construction when i went through in June/13, with a very rough road surface and plenty of mud when wet. lots of riders had problems right there, actually, the whole stretch from Dawson to mile 0 on the Taylor has been a problem for riders over the years. it looks benign, but it's not.
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