WAY UP NORTH - To The Arctic Ocean & Back to Arizona

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  1. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    If you have to inside on a Saturday morning, this is the place to be!
    Thanks for the pics and report.
  2. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    I was awestruck as we rolled over the Atigun Pass and never even stopped for photos.
    Oh well, we have to come back this way.

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    We are now rolling down the North Slope.

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    As the mountains fade away in the rear view mirrors, the scenery doesn't.

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    I would be remiss if we didn't discuss the mosquitos. Holy crap! These guys swarm anytime you stop.
    When I say swarm, these guys are super aggressive. I grew up in mosquito infested Lousiana.
    The lower 48 has nothing like these things.

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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    Rolling hills give way...

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    to miles and miles of flat tundra.

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    A bank of ice fog and a drop in temperature indicates we are nearing our destination.


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  4. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    We are road weary...



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    but completely amped up to know we've almost made it!

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    I don't do drugs, but this must be what it feels like.:smile6

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    We made it to Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay at 7:40 AM. Just in time to get fuel and a cup of coffee.

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    In case anyone else needs to know, it's 725 miles from Tok to Deadhorse.

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    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    Because of security on the oil field you can not ride all the way to the Arctic Ocean by motorcycle.
    According to the GPS we rode within 7.5 miles of the Ocean. You must take the tour!


    We drive through the forest.

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    We were pretty worried the adrenaline would wear off and we'd fall asleep on the 90 minute bus ride.

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    The chilly 40 degree breeze at the Ocean kept us awake. Everyone gets off the bus.

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    They all go right, so we go left.

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    The Arctic Ocean at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

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    We get our boots into the Ocean. No way we're going all the way in.:eek1

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    I realized I had a few more minutes before everyone made it back to the bus...

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    I see a pile of driftwood on the beach and go check it out.

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    Who knew such beautiful life could be found here?

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    Short-lived

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  6. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    I've heard mixed reviews about the bus tour. Some say it's only worth it to see the ocean.
    We both found it very interesting, even in our exhausted state.
    Our guide, Grant, is a Native Alaskan who provided a lot of details about the oil operations and life as a worker up here.

    I was surprised to hear they actually get more natural gas out of the ground than crude oil. They use a small amount of the natural gas to generate the electricity then send the rest back into the ground for "storage". Only the crude oil is saved.

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    I took a few photos from the window of the bus. This is where "contaminated" soil is "cleaned".

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    Taking photos through a reflective window during a bumpy bus ride is difficult.

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    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    It's so pretty here. Today, anyway.

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    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    The Drill Rig Repair Shop

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    We suddenly realize, it's along way home. We had better get started.
    We quickly catch up with a group of Canadian riders we met on the tour.
    They were only riding about 35. I thought about passing them, but it
    wouldn't be cool to zoom past them just to slam on the brakes.
    We really need to find a place to sleep.​

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    We found a place to set up camp 14 miles south of Deadhorse right on the beautiful Sagavanirktok River. (Say that name fast. I dare you!)​

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    The mosquitos were soo excited to see us.:lol3

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    It was a little breezy, but not really very cold.​

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    It was a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong day!
    It didn't start so well, but ended up being one of my most enjoyable days of riding ever!​

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    We had been going for about 28 hours. Happy Anniversary to us!
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    BTW, Every time we set up camp and sleep will start a new day. Otherwise, I'm gonna get real confused.​
  12. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    The GPS Tracks, So Far
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  13. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    :freaky This is a truly grear RR. I must say that Helen is quite the trooper to hang in with you so well. She is a keeper but I'm sure you know that. Best of luck and have a safe ride home, by the way the weather her sucks.....hot and humid.:lol3
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    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    I rodw this in en early May, 2009. Great pictures!!!!:clap:clap:clap
  15. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    I'll say! How did you do that??

    Is that a 150?
    Maybe the 150 lasts longer than the 140.
    We used a 140 for the first time and it was horrible.
    It was completely destroyed after 3000 mi. :bluduh



    Anyway. :rolleyes

    I like your new tag line! :evil

    Belated wishes for a Happy Anniversary! was it July 1st?
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    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Dave your photos continue to amaze me.
    Happy 18th Hellen and Dave. Looks like you had a great day.
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    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Taking a good picture is pretty easy. Creating a body of work like this is not. Very few people on the planet can do that.

    Bravo, sir!

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  18. dave6253

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    We were so exhausted you would think we slept 10-12 hours, right? After only 2 hours we are both wide awake.
    The sun has circled around and is shining inside of the open fly. We are being cooked. I'm out of the sleeping bag
    and sweating profusely. We are only 20 miles from the Arctic Ocean, yet it's in the 60s. We decide to pack up and...​



    Ride the Dalton... Again!​

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    The clouds build on the horizon...​

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    a fact Helen mentions at every break. ​

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    It doesn't take long to realize the 2 hours of sleep were not enough. I find my concentration is waning.​

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    The Brooks Range draws near.​

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    We ride through a brief shower and Helen forgets this camera isn't waterproof.​

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    Panorama​

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    Only a little dirty.

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    The Dalton Rollercoaster Ride is Free!

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    We are approaching the Brooks Range on the way back, yet the bike is not all that dirty. The other motorcycles
    parked in Deadhorse were coated in mud so thick the license plates and stickers were completely obscured.
    Thay had all ridden up the previous day. Someone remarked it wasn't fair that our bike was so clean.
    I joked that I ride so fast the mud can't catch me. I don't think the BMW riders were amused. The bus got quiet.:lol3

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    We were very lucky with the weather and road conditions to this point. I felt like we were cheating.

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    The Helmet Cam was mounted for the run up Atigun Pass.

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  20. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    Have you ever wondered what it's like to ride the Dalton? Well then, here you go.
    This video includes most of Atigun Pass and a magical ending.
    (Available in HD)

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