Today Tammy and I did our split. She remained in Fairbanks at the University dorm's while I headed north on the Dalton Highway, better know locally as the Haul Road.
Left for Coldfoot/Wiseman from Fairbanks at 9:30 on Monday morning. Plan was to carry extra gas but also gas up every chance I got. Longest stretch without gas was 240 plus miles into Prudhoe Bay that would require the extra gas. It's 70 miles up the Steese Hwy north of Fairbanks to just get to the Dalton, all paved but starting to feel more remote. Road to Wiseman was a combination of paved, chip seal, gravel, and construction zones.
Day two to Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay was uneventful and long. Saw several herds of caribou and quickly got far enough north to no longer have trees. Added the extra gas at Antigun Pass because it was cold enough and windy enough to have no annoying mosquitoes. Weather was perfect but very cool. Miles and miles of tundra on the north slope and snow on the ridges. High for the day was probably 45 degrees but NO rain again. Always had the pipeline parralleling me, either above ground or below but always present and reassuring me I was on the right (and only) road.
Prudhoe Bay was the most industrial/ugly town I've ever been to. Not scenic and just a destination to check off my bucket list. Even got a warning from the local cop about how to properly stop at their stop signs. With a motorcycle, a foot must fully plant on the pavement. Stayed at the Prudhoe Bay Hotel with hundreds of oil field workers. Hotel felt like hundreds of house trailers hooked together but clean, warm and dry. The $150 room included all the food you could eat. Even made lunch for day 3 on the Haul Road.
Day 3 was just a long return trip starting out at 37 degrees and heavy fog.
Got back into Fairbanks about 3 PM on Thursday and spent $10 at the car wash to get the bike back to a only slightly dirty state. Only rain I got was the last 20 miles on the Dalton..
Tammy had spent the four days shopping, funding local coffee shops, touring the University museum, taking a river boat tour, and shooting pool at the dorms with the returning Haul Road riders. Only pictures she took were on the river boat tour.
Eskimo fur coat.
Was good to get back to the dorms and back together again.