3 Northwetters ride North

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by IpponDuro, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. IpponDuro

    IpponDuro Now with Camel Toe

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,006
    Location:
    Burlington Wa.
    Day 6

    Morning in Fairbanks brought us cloudy skies, a light fog, and no rain.

    we enjoyed our complimentary continental breakfast and left the motel at around 8:30.


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    We passed the Dalton HWY sign, the pavement ended and almost immediately it started raining, coupled with a thick fog, then we caught up to a semi truck hauling a huge atco trailer followed by a pilot car, we couldn't see the front of the truck let alone any oncoming traffic. all of this in the first mile of the Dalton. :eek1

    I thought, well I guess this is the Haul Road........... Cool!


    The truck pulled over and the pilot car driver waived us by. then the fog lifted and the rain lightened up, just a bit of mud to deal with now. :D


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    Crossing the Yukon River

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]




    someone chime in here and tell me what these speakers are for. :deal

    [​IMG]


    we stopped at the Yukon river for fuel and the first thing Fred said was "I can't believe were having these perfect riding conditions" I guess you had to be there but there was alot of laughing and joking the rest of the trip about that comment. I would'nt go as far as perfect but I'd say conditions were good so far.

    and Hey, were NorthWetters this road is way better than any loggin road we got, escpecially when it's raining. :lol3


    [​IMG]


    crappy 87 octane from a barrel.

    [​IMG]


    The Yukon River

    [​IMG]


    this is also were we met Austin, an Adventure rider from Hawaii


    [​IMG]


    After the Yukon River conditions were pretty damn close to perfect


    [​IMG]


    wonderfull, moist, smooth, why are we only going 70?, DIRT :ricky


    [​IMG]


    I've read alot of threads on the Dalton, some of which describe almost unrideable conditions, others say it's a great road easily ridden on a Harley.

    I say it's just freakin sweet. :D


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Mom and 5 Babies.



    [​IMG]


    Good Camo


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    next stop the Arctic Circle.

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]




    [​IMG]



    and another new sticker for the Gobis


    [​IMG]

    The Arctic Interpretive center in Coldfoot

    [​IMG]


    Nice Place


    [​IMG]


    You are Here..


    [​IMG]





    We got to see :


    Badger

    [​IMG]



    Sheep

    [​IMG]


    Linx

    [​IMG]


    Arctic Hare

    [​IMG]


    Moose Antlers

    [​IMG]


    Wolf and Bear Hides

    [​IMG]


    and we got our Arctic Circle Certificates

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    $4.50 per Gallon, I was expecting higher

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Back on the Dalton

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    to The Boreal Lodge in Wiseman

    [​IMG]

    Nice Place and 1/2 the price of the Coldfoot Camp.

    [​IMG]


    complete with showers and Kitchen

    Jeff Cooks Mac and Cheese
    [​IMG]

    I eat it

    [​IMG]


    After dinner we walked around and took some pictures


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    it's all alternative energy here.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    The town Phone

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    After my picture taking tour of Wiseman it was time to hit the hay, More to come tommorow. :clap
    #21
  2. Italiaphile

    Italiaphile Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    111
    Location:
    Seattle
    I'm really enjoying following your ride report. I just did this trip two years ago, but looking at all the familiar places makes me wish I were on the road in AK again.
    #22
  3. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,558
    Location:
    NW WA.
    :lurk :lurk :thumbup
    #23
  4. Iskitoo

    Iskitoo Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Oddometer:
    29
    Location:
    A little East of Woolley
    A few more old equipment shots from Wiseman.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    We were gonna miss this shindig
    [​IMG]
    The Boreal Lodge was a great place to stay if your ever in the area.
    [​IMG]
    The next day started out overcast
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    At the top of the pass
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    The Brooks Range was spectacular.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    More on that later.
    Next we ran into these hungry creatures
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    When people say you need 98% Deet and a headnet they aren't joking! I have never seen so many mosquitos. We were also warned to watch for trucks approaching from ahead and behind and to pull over and give them lots of room. Although we never had any come from behind:evil , we did have a lot of oncoming trucks. The drivers seemed to appreciate our pulling over and giving them lots of room. They always waved using all five fingers. Back to Ippons post about the speakers on the Yukon River bridge. I was to far away to hear clearly what was broadcast but it sounded like "HEY YOU DUMB A$$ DIDN"T YOU READ THE SIGN ABOUT NOT STOPPING ON THE BRIDGE. THERE IS A TRUCK COMING BEHIND YOU AND HE IS GOING TO BE PISSED IF YOU ARE IN HIS WAY!!!" But maybe someone who was closer could comment.
    #24
  5. IpponDuro

    IpponDuro Now with Camel Toe

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,006
    Location:
    Burlington Wa.


    :lol3
    #25
  6. Adventure Kitty

    Adventure Kitty Tuna Gatita Blanca

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,274
    Location:
    A bolcano near you
    Needs more bolcanoes! :lurk

    I needs some of deeze stickers.

    [​IMG]
    #26
  7. IpponDuro

    IpponDuro Now with Camel Toe

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,006
    Location:
    Burlington Wa.
    Day 7

    Wiseman to Prudhoe

    we started out early but the truckers started earlier

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    its a mere 75 miles from Wiseman to Atigun Pass

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    descending onto the North Slope


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    It's All Tundra Now


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Whenever we would stop flocks of birds would show up

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    A guy pulled up on a DL1000 to say Hi while we were stopped, I didn't catch his name but he was on his second attempt at Prudhoe Bay, Last year he broke a chain 60 miles short of his goal and was forced to ship the bike home for repair.


    [​IMG]


    Just A few miles down the road we came over a small hill to see the guy we were just talking to pushing his bike to the edge of the road next to the tell tale signs of a wipe out in the dirt. He was allright and the bike was rideable, once he strapped his mangled right Jessie Bag back on.


    the road surface

    [​IMG]


    The trucks haul ass, I think around 75 or 80 in some places. Most of the road is wide enough to allow 2 trucks to pass each other. The only reason we slowed down and pulled over to the right was to reduce the contact speed with the baseball sized rocks thrown from the trucks tires at you helmet. :eek1


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    There are no trees on the Tundra


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    our first Cariboo sighting

    [​IMG]


    There are no trees on the Tundra

    [​IMG]



    The KTM could'nt make it on a tank of fuel......... Go figure


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    a short stretch of unexpected pavement.


    [​IMG]



    and then Gravel


    [​IMG]



    the Franklin Bluffs


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    Then these guys showed up right in front of the bluffs


    [​IMG]

    I really wanted to see a wild muskoxen on this trip, the were farther away than I had hoped but hey, I got to see 2.

    [​IMG]


    As we get close to Prudhoe bay it starts to get a little foggy


    [​IMG]


    and these guys are all over


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    Really foggy now


    [​IMG]


    The white stuff on the road looks and smells exactly like one of the chemicals I use at work, 97% pure calcium Chloride. Nasty, Sticky, Toxic, and Corrosive as hell. Their dumping it by the truckload then grading it into the road. :puke1

    [​IMG]


    The First stop in Deadhorse was for fuel.


    [​IMG]

    They want you to put a catch basin under your vehicle so you don't spill a few drops of fuel on the ground and kill a salmon or a mosquito. Nevermind the tons of calcium were dumping on the road. :lol3

    [​IMG]

    sign said 240 miles KTM says


    [​IMG]


    next stop our motel. The Deadhorse camp


    [​IMG]

    After we got into our rooms I took a walk around the yard to check out all the cool toys, the sun was back out.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    It's all on tracks or skii's

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    After a while we headed into the big city to see the sights.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Then we hopped on the tour bus to see the Arctic Ocean (The Beaufort Sea)



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    The Arctic Ocean

    [​IMG]


    Fred gets a shoe in

    [​IMG]


    Jeff tries it, Man that water looks cold :vardy


    [​IMG]






    Ah? What the hell? I'm an Adventure Rider, I might as well try it.










    [​IMG]


    Shrinkage!


    [​IMG]



    Quite Refreshing, Honest. :lol3


    [​IMG]


    After that it was time for a hot shower and a good night's sleep.
    our trip was almost halfway over.
    #27
  8. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,558
    Location:
    NW WA.
    :lurk :lurk :thumbup
    #28
  9. Iskitoo

    Iskitoo Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Oddometer:
    29
    Location:
    A little East of Woolley
    There were acres and acres of cool equipment.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    We talked to these two guys earlier, they were riding one way and flying themelves and the bikes back to seattle.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Must have been fun cleaning the bikes after they sat for a few days.
    Deadhorse Camp
    [​IMG]
    Poor shot of a nice room
    [​IMG]
    Dining and kichen area
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    This is Justin, he ran the show at Deadhorse Camp
    [​IMG]
    Didn't take us Northwetters long to get Justin in the adv mode
    [​IMG]
    Thanks Justin. Deahorse Camp was a great place to stay. GOOD FOOD and the best showers of the trip, plus free laundry.
    This is what the top of a well looks like
    [​IMG]
    That is what is inside of the smaller buildings here
    [​IMG]
    The oil field was interesting to see. I had no idea how big it is.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    If you can you should go see it and do the tour.
    The next day we headed for Fairbanks, 494 miles south.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    We stopped to do a little fishing
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Almostfred lands one
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Back over Antigun
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    And on to UAF for the night.
    [​IMG]
    $36.00 for a single. Best nights sleep of the trip. I had lost my low beam on the Dalton so the next morning it was off to Trails End BMW for a t-shirt and bulb
    [​IMG]
    They also sell Harley, Honda, Polaris and Victory. As it turned out I had a fault in the Canbus system. Many thanks to the service manager for the reset information. Next stop would be Dawson City.
    #29
  10. IpponDuro

    IpponDuro Now with Camel Toe

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,006
    Location:
    Burlington Wa.
    Day 8
    Prudhoe to Fairbanks (all the way)


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    it was quite foggy that morning in Deadhorse


    [​IMG]


    a few Cariboo ran accross the road in front of us like ghosts in the fog

    [​IMG]


    Then about 60 miles south of Prudhoe

    [​IMG]


    The road surface on the Dalton seemed to change about every 20 or 30 miles we had everything from sloppy mud, to hard dirt, small deep gravel, big 6" minus gravel, and even some boring pavement.

    [​IMG]


    Hell, Sometimes it was even a divided Highway


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    As we closed the distance with the Brooks Range, The weather was Great and the scenery was Awsome.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]

    :D :D :D :D


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    Atigun pass up ahead


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    and down the other side to more divided highway


    [​IMG]


    A co-worker told me a story once about flying from Barrow to Anchorage, He was seated next to a little girl, 5 or 6 years old and he asked her what she was going to do when they got to Anchorage. She replied "I'm going to see a tree".

    now I understand.


    [​IMG]


    a few miles north of Coldfoot we were stopped by an excavator loaded on a lowboy sideways :huh


    [​IMG]

    they were hauling it sideways and stopping to clear out the ditches.



    [​IMG]


    I rolled into Coldfoot on Fumes, 2 miles after the KTM said I would run out of Gas. :knary


    [​IMG]


    Fred got some pictures inside where we had lunch


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    Jeff and I had omelettes, Fred had pancakes.

    [​IMG]


    After We filled up on food and fuel in Coldfoot We headed south and experienced what I might consider Perfect riding conditions.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    It was a tad Muddy at the Yukon River but nothing us NorthWet folk couldn't handle.


    [​IMG]


    The post Dalton Picture


    [​IMG]


    We got to Fairbanks fairly late and headed straight to the University of Alaska Fairbanks

    [​IMG]

    We got our room and headed down town for some fast food.

    [​IMG]


    I stayed up a late to make a couple phone calls home and see how dark it really got.


    12:30 A.M

    [​IMG]


    Tommorow we would be on Top of The World.
    #30
  11. almostfred

    almostfred old fool

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    on the mountain Mt. Vernon
    Well I was so excited to see the Yukon I stopped to get a pic and the next thing I heard was the sound of an horn in deep panic, guess I was out in the road a little farther than I thought, the good thing was I am here to tell about it.
    #31
  12. almostfred

    almostfred old fool

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    on the mountain Mt. Vernon
    [​IMG]
    #32
  13. almostfred

    almostfred old fool

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    on the mountain Mt. Vernon
    [​IMG]
    what did you say?!!!! perfect riding conditions!!!! :huh yea I said :clap
    #33
  14. almostfred

    almostfred old fool

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    on the mountain Mt. Vernon
    [​IMG]

    Was that the BURGMAN--:confused
    #34
  15. almostfred

    almostfred old fool

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    on the mountain Mt. Vernon
    [​IMG]

    80 MPH on the DALTON?:huh
    #35
  16. almostfred

    almostfred old fool

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    on the mountain Mt. Vernon
    [​IMG]

    River coming and going
    #36
  17. almostfred

    almostfred old fool

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    on the mountain Mt. Vernon
    [​IMG]

    I liked these fish:D
    #37
  18. almostfred

    almostfred old fool

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    on the mountain Mt. Vernon
    [​IMG]


    :D My little fishing buddy hung in the pucker brush:cry
    #38
  19. almostfred

    almostfred old fool

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    Oddometer:
    25
    Location:
    on the mountain Mt. Vernon
    [​IMG]

    cut out of a chunk of the pipe used on the pipeline
    #39
  20. oldx

    oldx Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,094
    Location:
    Camano Island, WA
    :lurk:lurk:lurk:lurk
    #40