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Discussion in 'Alaska' started by dreamtour, Oct 3, 2009.
There are inexpensive places to stay in Fairbanks............
Kind of grabbed the first available place after riding in from Whitehorse. Went to several different hotels in town and all where booked full. People say it's usual for the summer time.
So, word out to the folks who might be coming into town expecting an easy hotel room to find; make reservations. Guess it kind of goes with that thing called preplanning.
Of course there are always cheaper venues like sleeping in a van, down by the river. Or in my case, sleeping in my tent... A chance for a comfortable bed, hot shower, breakfast, and free wireless won me out.
He's talking about THIS in his sig line -
Link to ADVRider Housing in Fairbanks
Preplanning isn't as good if you don't pay attention to all the planning help available.
"Ee-aww, ee-aww". Or as Homer Simpson would say, ""DO'H!". Need to look better at those little things. Thanks much for bringing it to my attention. Will use it on the return leg.
How was the road condition? I am about to bail from Anchorage.. Wonder if it's been raining north of Fairbanks..
... for Fairbanks to get TKC's (AKTracks) and then off to Coldfoot and points north.
Any suggestions on accomodations in either place? Like to get something locked in, either a camp space or bed. Heard about a campground that wasn't bad in Coldfoot near a lake or something?
For Fairbanks, see posts about 3 up in this thread.
About 5 miles north of Coldfoot is Marion Creek campground, a nice one with platforms to set your tent up on.
Minimal fee, but not sure what that is.
Beyond that, around Mile 270, there is the Galbraith Lake campground, primitive, but free -
Marion Lake looks great. Thanks!
Do we need reservations in Deadhorse or just rockonup and expect a vacancy?
I just got back from Prudhoe bay, and am at the university dorm right now. (If I would have known about this a few days ago, I would have saved some dough as opposed to Super8).
Anyway, get a reservation in PB. You need to call a day in advance to get on the tour, anyway.
Prudhoe Hotel is 907-659-2449. Caribou Inn (where I stayed) 659-2368. $235 got a room with two beds, food, and the tour.
Caribou Inn is apparently now running the tour.
Weather wise, I hit rain in spots, and construction where they seemed to have grooved the hard packed dirt like you see grooved pavement, only with a couple inches of slop on top.
Road bikes could make it fine. With tourances or similar and a little judgement you will be fine. I'd say on 95% of the road, if it wasn't for speed limits and animals, a person could run it 80 mph in control. Good traction most places. Watch for moose.
Hopefully I'll have some videos and pics on my ride report soon.
Just called the Caribou Inn. Gal at the desk seemed like I had three heads when I asked her for the $235 meal and tour deal. Told me 190 for the room (two beds) and $45 per head for the two hour tour.
Other hotel was 220 for a two bed room.
Jack, I see you've done some work on your driveway.......... and is that new siding on your place....???
The tour leaves from the Arctic Caribou Inn (as it has for many years), but you don't have to stay there to take the tour - you can stay anywhere you want to, or nowhere in Deadhorse.
In another thread I had pointed out that the Prudhoe Bay Hotel was the place to stay if you didn't require the deluxe accommodations.
That's the guest quarters, the mansion is on the hill with the view. Bring your own linen if you're staying overnight.
Just finished today and now sitting in the College Coffee house. As for weather... Well, looking outside the window right now and it looks as if it's raining pretty heavily.
Road conditions for the highway; a few slick areas. Road is good conditions to Coldfoot. Then it becomes more dirt and gravel. A good set of knobbies will do you fine. If possible, stop by Adventure Cycleworks (http://www.advcycleworks.com/) if you plan to change out tires. Dan and Shawn are two great guys willing to offer a helping hand. They also have a pressure washer to hose your bike down after you get back. Shout out to those two guys and the work they're doing.
Gas; I ride a 1200 GSA and my buddy rode a KLR 650. We had to stop at each gas station for him to fill up. As for me, I think I could have done it by topping off in Fairbanks, Coldfoot, Deadhorse, back to Coldfoot, then finish off in Fairbanks. My buddy carried an extra gallon of gas on his KLR, just in case.
Wait a minute, weather update; it's now hailing big time outside. Think I'll have some more coffee.
Some sections of the road past Coldfoot on your way north, we were able to ride 70mph +. In my opinion, the road is pretty easy. Then again, I had knobbies on which helped out the traction greatly.
Camping; free camping at Five Mile spot right past Yukon river. Look for the Hot Spot Cafe turn out a few miles past the Yukon. Free camping at Arctic Circle. No camping anywhere near or in Deadhorse (Prudhoe). Other opportunities exist for those who like a little more primitive or remote areas. Just keep your eyes open near the streams.
Bears; Saw two Black Bears (Mom and older cub) this morning after they got done tossing garbage cans around the Hot Spot Cafe. Watch out for Moose on the roads.
I would post some pictures, but for some reason my camera dumped them during the transfer process. Perhaps I should do the highway one more time just to redo the pictures and video. This blows big style. At least my buddy still has his, which are better than the ones I took.
Yeah, I'd agree. I didn't see anything that I felt would have warranted knobbies (unless it snows).
Really, I felt the road was fun, but not as nasty as people make it out to be.
I'll find out in the AM how the Dempster is.
Jeffin, let us know how the Dempster is. Thinking the same thing after Anchorage. Also, if you find anything out about HWY 6/ Taylor Highway that makes it easier to get from Fairbanks to Dawson, would greatly appreciate that one. Last bit of news I heard is it's still closed to washouts. Wondering if it closed to cars and RV's, but still passable by bike.
From what I heard, Hwy 5 will be closed for a couple of weeks, to all traffic.
The gal I spoke to said they were working 2 12 hour shifts and having a hard time finding enough materials.
I had to go all the way back around to White Horse and up. I hadn't planned on doing the Dempster this trip, but I've got the time...
From what I hear, it is now long delay 1 lane pilot car kind of thing. Check before you head out.