Why Prudhoe Bay

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by srpuywa, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. srpuywa

    srpuywa Big 'G'

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    I see a few of you have made trips up to Prudhoe Bay, I've taken business trips to Anchorage, Fairbanks and Barrow and really don't see the draw of riding for days up in that mosquito - black fly infested state. All you see outside civilization is trees, tundra, a few bears and a moose or two.

    Not knocking it - just wanting to know why?
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  2. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    how is this a gs topic?
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  3. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    Because it's not Los Angeles.

    Because it's about as far away from (my) work as I can get.

    Because I love the Brooks Range.

    Because it's there.

    Because...

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    This doesn't suck.
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  4. WTF-OVER

    WTF-OVER Yeah, Its Got a Boxer

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    maybe you just need to keep riding the freeways and leave any sort of adventure to those who choose to find it off the pavement. Thats about the stupidest question i've seen in a long long time here!
    look up the Alaskin titty bar tour here and read it.. then come back and ask that question .... if you still have one.
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  5. MJS

    MJS Long timer

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    Having ridden north to Deadhorse and south to Panama, I'd go south any day. YMMV

















    :hide
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  6. guzzifreak750

    guzzifreak750 Been here awhile

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    2nd wtf
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  7. CheckerdD

    CheckerdD Long timer

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    You know too much. The farther away a road is the more it get's exaggerated. If you think the Dalton is overrated, go to Argentina and ride Ruta 40. Dave
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  8. Dude69

    Dude69 Usurper of Gov'ts

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    don't mind the OP... he'll blow himself up when his under pannier Rotopax is cracked open and leaks fuel and go..
    :kboom
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  9. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    Why PBay?
    Because I otherwise would have never run into the nice couple that was driving this 1916 Lancia on a Round The World race. Did I mention I had to/got to PUSH the car to get them startted on the road again?
    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/2012%20Trip%20to%20Alaska/ONE%20WORLD%20Alaska%202012/DSC01247.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/2012%20Trip%20to%20Alaska/ONE%20WORLD%20Alaska%202012/DSC01247.jpg" border="0" alt="1916 Lancia on a Rally! photo DSC01247.jpg"/></a>

    Nor would I have met world famous authors Janet and Ed Howle, authors of "The Long Road to Paris"
    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/2012%20Trip%20to%20Alaska/ONE%20WORLD%20Alaska%202012/DSC01240.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/2012%20Trip%20to%20Alaska/ONE%20WORLD%20Alaska%202012/DSC01240.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC01240.jpg"/></a>

    Nor would I have been the recipient of a FREE HELMET cleaning from Janet
    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/2012%20Trip%20to%20Alaska/ONE%20WORLD%20Alaska%202012/GettingHelmetCleaned2012AlaskaTrip.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/2012%20Trip%20to%20Alaska/ONE%20WORLD%20Alaska%202012/GettingHelmetCleaned2012AlaskaTrip.jpg" border="0" alt="Courteous drivers along the way. photo GettingHelmetCleaned2012AlaskaTrip.jpg"/></a>

    BTW...this place along the Dalton is called "Finger Point"...I'm told it's for people who don't like AK:rofl
    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/media/2012%20Trip%20to%20Alaska/ONE%20WORLD%20Alaska%202012/DSC01258.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/2012%20Trip%20to%20Alaska/ONE%20WORLD%20Alaska%202012/DSC01258.jpg" border="0" alt="They call this place FINGER POINT...why? photo DSC01258.jpg"/></a>

    The trip cost a bit...but the experience was PRICELESS.:clap

    More topics for future threads:
    Why Ushuaia :huh
    Why Punsandbay :huh
    Why Kinnarodden :huh
    Why Cape Agulhas :huh
    Why Wilson's Promontory :huh
    Why Tanjung Piai, Malaysia :huh
    Why Swami Vivekananda Rock :huh
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  10. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    It's a GS topic because most of the bikes up there are GS's

    It's a big deal because of the map..... and the Artic Ocean.

    Why go anywhere?

    Sit at home and watch TV!!!.

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    Not many bugs in late August.


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  11. srpuywa

    srpuywa Big 'G'

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    I've been to the Artic ocean and 7 months later was doing airdrops to the south pole,
    Riding the ALCAN and haul road doesn't seem that much of an adventure other than not
    running out of gas
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  12. NorthernBoxer

    NorthernBoxer Fükengrüven

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    To say you did it; to say you have ridden to the farthest northern point you can travel by road in the U.S.

    ...but you're right, Prudhoe Bay (at least the part you can see from your bike: Deadhorse) is an industrial park on a flat landscape, and not really a place you want to hang out in for very long. Don't get me wrong, the north is my home and I think an absolutely beautiful place to ride... but when I go up that way again (and I will because the Dalton Highway is awesome) I probably won't go much further than Galbraith Lake on the other side of Atigun Pass. Beyond that it just gets flatter and less interesting, culminating in the aforementioned industrial park.

    I already have Deadhorse under my belt. :deal
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  13. oldtrout

    oldtrout Been here awhile

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    Blaa... I'll bite.

    You don't want to run out of gas at the South Pole.

    I just purchased 400 mt of 380 cst out of Whangarei so I / we are not caught out into Korea. Mundane job, but it pays.

    Any pix of your adventures ?

    Long winter here, ja ??

    (This belongs in the basement)

    OT
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  14. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    It's not "not a GS topic". The original question is akin to asking, "Why ride a motorcycle?".

    It sounds a bit silly having to explain this, but...

    I think the destination, for most, is coincidental.

    The experience is the journey, and what one discovers along the way.

    You gotta do what you gotta do, to have a good time.

    Cheers, all! :thumb
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  15. strsout

    strsout Banned Camp

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    Because it's there and because not a lot of people take the effort to go there.
    It's the same reason why one goes to Ushuaia (Southermost point you can ride a bike in South America).
    Then, when you do both in a same trip, you are the real "Fazedor de Chuva" (www.fazedoresdechuva.com riders that cover all 3 americas, extreme to extreme)
    See the dates on the pictures below?! ;) I just took the long way around: 32K miles in 6 months.

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  16. BARB

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    Mosquito, black fly infested, trees, tundra, bear and moose.....sounds scary-I am never leaving the house again. Thanks, Barb
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  17. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties

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    If you don't know why then I doubt any explanations could possibly help you understand. I think you answered your own question anyway.

    "All you see outside civilization is trees, tundra, a few bears and a moose or two."

    As far as the black flies and mosquitoes go, they help keep our states' population enjoyably low!:clap
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  18. Lensgrinder

    Lensgrinder Long timer

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    It's a good thing we you to define what is and is not an adventure.
    Why sail, when you can fly? The answer is as stated by another, the adventure isn't the destination. It's getting to that destination, whether by bicycle,motorcycle,car, plane, or boat.
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  19. TxLoneRider

    TxLoneRider Been here awhile

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    I don't know these discussions provide so much entertainment for me, kinda like having to stare at an accident as you drive by.

    I completely agree with the notion that sometimes, if not all the time, the destination is coincidental!

    I love riding through the Mohave Desert, many people look at me like I have a third eye.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And so far, almost every picture of the Brooks range looked pretty nice to me. My biggest thought, is do I take the scheduling hit and stay up there for the Tour or not.

    For that matter, does anyone know for sure if it is going to be running this summer?

    Anyway, while we can in this world, I intend to enjoy the freedom we have. My preference is riding and enjoying new scenery from sun up to sun down (or about 16hrs/day, which ever is less :deal), camp sites, hotels and restaurants are a means to an end.

    :freaky
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  20. TheWall

    TheWall 0 miles and counting

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    Because I haven't been there yet, and that's why I bought a motorcycle in the first place -- to go places I haven't been and see things I haven't seen before. YMMV, but I rather enjoy seeing the tundra, bears and moose. Also because my cell phone doesn't work in the more remote parts of my home state :rofl Finally, because it is (reportedly -- again, I haven't been there yet) difficult to get there by motorcycle, which means that successfully riding to Deadhorse is an accomplishment. YMMV, and if that's not your cup of tea, that's cool. That's why God made cruisers and cafe racers and supersports and enduros and big ADV bikes and...and...and... :deal

    By the way, in addition to "mosquito and black-fly infested," you forgot to mention the cold, wet, miserable weather, lol.
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