Sunday, August 25, 2013

Arctic Circle to Fairbanks

The original plan was to ride from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle mostly because it sounded cooler than the other way around. Matt at Dalton Express talked us into Arctic Circle to Fairbanks for easier logistics and among other things, we wouldn't "smell as bad" on the bus.

Vic went with the pannier option for this trip and as it turns out, she liked the set up and it worked well. 

The front panniers carried the food, tent, and easy to access stuff like rain gear. The rear panniers were for our individual clothes and sleep systems. My bike carried my sleeping bag, wheelchair, and the repair items. 

The Dalton Highway was constructed in a hurry and contains no switchbacks on the hills. The first three days turned out to be some tough riding and I was riding so slowly at points that Vic would stop to read a book on the side of the road.

Other than at the Arctic Circle and the Hot Spot, there were no campsites so we camped on the side of the road or on a pull out near the pipeline. 

There was no food on the road until we got to the Yukon River.  We timed it perfectly so that we could eat at the Hot Spot that night and then ride five miles down the road, camp, and eat breakfast at the truck stop the next morning.

We had a fun time and met a lot of interesting people.  Some who had been out biking the world for years and some that were just starting the Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia route.  On our Fairbanks days we stayed at Sven's Base Camp Hostel which was a great place to base out of and meet all kinds of travelers from all over the world.

I don't know what is up next.  We are kicking around some ideas, so until then I will leave you with some more pics.

The Bridge across the Yukon River

The same bridge from a different perspective

Vic's new toy