2009 Alaska travel blog

Arctic Circle Trip 1 - A Lynx alongside the road on the...

Arctic Circle Trip 2 - lots of Fireweed along the way

Arctic Circle Trip 3 - some more Fireweed

Arctic Circle Trip 4 - fields of Firweed on each side of...

Arctic Circle Trip 5 - one of the two restaurants-gift shops on...

Arctic Circle Trip 6 - the bridge across the Yukon River -...

Arctic Circle Trip 7 - the pipeline as it heads north after...

Arctic Circle Trip 8 - the pipeline as it heads north after...

Arctic Circle Trip 9 - Doris and Misty made it!

Arctic Circle Trip 10 - So did Misty and I


Thursday we went to the Arctic Circle. It is a little over 200 miles from North Pole but required 11 hours to make the trip. Over half of the trip is up the Dalton Hughway It is also called the "haul road" due to the number of 18 wheelers hauling goods up the highway all the way to Deadhorse on Prudhoe Bay which is about 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The highway is mostly gravel with a few sections of pavement thrown it. The gravel portions are actually better than the pavement due to the absence of frost heaves on the gravel sections. It was probably the most intense 11 hours of driving I have ever done. You are constantly going up and down and around mountains and the grades are frequently very steep, making it difficult to control your speed down the hills. You are constantly looking for road hazards such as sharp rocks and potholes as well. But, we made it OK and Libby didn't lose any tires. We even have pictures to prove it!!

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