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Jul 4, 2010 - A long 400 miles

Once we started to get closer to Alaska we would ask anyone coming from the north how the Dalton Highway was for bikes. Everyone who had been up it were on multipurpose bikes, (no Harleys) told us it wasn’t a bad road, as long as it was dry. Early 4th of July we left our cabin in Fairbanks with our bags behind, under cloudy skies. As we rode the 80 miles up the mountains towards the Dalton Highway, it was rainy, and foggy. At that time my only worry was an animal in the road in the fog. We decided that if it was raining and wet when we got...

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Jun 23, 2010 - 5 Mile Campground to Marion Creek Campground (BLM)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 – Five Mile Campground to Marion Creek Campground Mile Post 180 We slept till we woke up. These long days and rough roads wear a person down. Our plans for the day are to get to the Arctic Circle. We are hoping the road crews have not wet down the road like they did yesterday. The road has calcium chloride on it for dust reduction and when it dries on the Ridgeline and Casita it feels like Paper Mache. Maybe if we park by the creek or river we can wash them off. Lowell pried clumps off the wheel wells and under...

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Our Casita Travel

Jun 23, 2010 - Artic Circle

I can not explain how tired we all were - the morning after, in an attempt though let's just say that there wasn't a lot of chatting going on in the van today. Our only chore apart from being on the road for another 9 hours to get to our next destination was to get food shopping. This wasn't such a pleasent experience as people got a little shirty and no-one could agree, on anything. We were well pleased to get to our next camp, and retreated straight after dinner to the privacy of our tents. Mind you it was 12am. Today was a long uneventful...

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May 31, 2010 - Day 10 - Dalton Highway to Coldfoot

At 8:30 on Monday morning we boarded the bus to begin our trek south on the Dalton Highway. Before we left, we made a quick stop at the Prudhoe Bay General Store for postcards and trinkets. It’s the only store in Prudhoe where the oil field workers can shop, and the prices were not cheap, so they try to bring everything from home. The Dalton Highway was originally named the Haul Road because almost everything that was needed for the oil production and construction of the pipeline was hauled in on tractor trailers. It holds the distinction...

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Freebirds

Aug 18, 2009 - Arctic Circle & Dalton Highway

Our route today: North on Alaska 2 Elliott Highway mile marker 10.6 to mile marker 73.1, then north on Alaska 11 James Dalton Highway (also known as “The Haul Road) to mile marker 115.5. Our plan for today was to drive north on the James Dalton Highway (also known as “The Haul Road”) to where it crosses the Arctic Circle. Driving the road was not as bad as it was rumored to be. In fact, the gravel/dirt road was actually very smooth in most areas. Actually a smoother ride than what we experienced going thru Minneapolis! There were some areas...

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Aug 1, 2009 - Day32

Day 31 The camp was quite nice in the morning light. We all slept well and were up fairly early. I had just enough coffee left to make one cup and had some oatmeal then we were back on the road. About two hours, a lot of dust and trucks and some amazing scenery later, we made it to the Yukon River once again. We were at the headwaters of the Yukon when we drove over White pass to go to Skagway. The Yukon flows through Whitehorse and takes a long bend past Dawson city and then to the Bering Sea, I think. At the Yukon was the Yukon Camp. We...

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Off to Alaska

Jun 29, 2009 - Arctic Circle

On Monday it was raining and overcast so we decided to take a short ride (200 miles each direction, most of it on dirt) to the edge of the arctic circle. We took the Elliott highway north from Fairbanks to the town of Livengood, there we turned onto the Dalton highway, 115 miles to the arctic circle most of it on dirt. The Dalton highway is also the only road to Prudhoe Bay, so the road is very busy with truck traffic. Prudhoe Bay is where the oil platforms are located and the Alaskan oil pipe snakes along side the road. The ride was very...

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Adventures in 2009

Jun 21, 2009 - Father's Day at the Arctic Ocean

Sunday, June 21, 2009. Dalton Highway Wayside, Alaska Father's Day at the Arctic Ocean We got up at 6:00 so we could get ready in plenty of time to get dressed and have breakfast before we had to be over at the Arctic Caribou Inn where the tour would begin. We had to be dressed for the cold so we wanted to give ourselves plenty of time. When we arrived at the conference room at the other hotel I was surprised at how many other people were there. They showed the group a video about the oil operation and how it all works and then took us to...

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Jun 16, 2009 - Arctic Circle

Oh my, what a day. We decided to drive to the Arctic Circle today. We packed the truck with drinks, video games and dogs. We filled the gas tank up and headed out. . .wow, what a beautiful drive. We basically followed the Trans-Alaska Pipeline north. The pipeline runs from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean south to Fairbanks and down along the Richardson Highway to Valdez. Work started on the pipeline in 2974, and ended in 1977. The project is 800 miles long, and crosses three mountain ranges. There are pump stations along the way. The 48"...

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May 26, 2009 - Arctic Circle, Coldfoot, Wiseman, Alaska

The Arctic Circle was something I really wanted to do, but the cost was outlandish for the van trip up and back and the fly and drive back was, well, more than I wanted to spend. So, I had pretty much crossed the trip off. Janet and I were sitting by the Chena River at the campground and another camper stopped and we talked and he said he drove up and back a couple of days before and it was a long, but pretty easy trip! That's all I needed to hear and Janet even felt OK about it. So, at 7:30 this morning we filled up with gas and took off,...

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Jul 21, 2008 - Arctic Ocean and neat Musk Ox sighting

Well that big old diesel generator didn’t do either one of us any good for sleeping, we both stuck in ear plugs. The 24 hour daylight wasn’t really a factor cause it was so overcast it was gloomy anyway. But neither of us slept well. And then that boy came out and fired up his diesel pickup right next to us at 4:30 am and then must have went back in for breakfast cause it ran for a looooong time. And then around 6 all the trucks were fired up and moving out so we got up. We had reservations for an 8am tour. The only way a tourist can see...

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Jul 19, 2008 - Headin for Prudhoe Bay

Up early, 6 and ready to go at 8. When we left the CG the host asked if I got “the speech” about the road. Said nope. So he said “the truckers OWN the road!” Just keep the heck out of their way. Drove on asphalt for about 70 miles before it turned to gravel. Rough, rough, rough. Very hilly. After about 35 miles hit pavement again, but lots of frost heaves so truck would woopy de doop and just about launch you into orbit and the suckers sneak up on you. Then lots more gravel and every once in a while a chunk of pavement for a few miles, who...

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