Post subject: On my way to Prudhdoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean
Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:13 pm
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Joined: Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:58 pm Posts: 3199 Location: Cumming, GA
Hi All. Thought I would share my next trip with you guys if you are interested. I am putting this post out early so I can include a link to the post to a few folks via email. I won't actually start the adventure until tomorrow. Well... it won't really get good until Wednesday truthfully. But here is the deal. Monday afternoon I hop a flight to Anchorage Alaska where a BMW F800GS is waiting on me. Target.. the Arctic ocean in Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay. One way is about 850 miles with a bit under 400 miles of dirt on the famous Dalton Highway. As the GOAT would say.. I am super pumped. :-) 250 miles ABOVE the Arctic Circle.
Rented an F800 a few months ago as a test ride. Fun bike. Should be the perfect tool for the job.
The goal is to get to the Arctic ocean from Anchorage. Some camping. Some hotels. I only have a real plan headed north. Coming back south.. I am wandering and going where it looks cool on the maps and from advice of other travelers on what to see. Rough idea is pick up my BMW F800 rental in Anchorage on July 3rd. Haul tush up the Parks highway past Denali National park, through Fairbanks to the haul road (Dalton Highway) until I hit water. Or at least until I hit the gates where they keep you from going further. You can’t reach the ocean on public roads. You have to take a shuttle tour after a background check. I guess the government doesn’t want anyone bombing the beginning of the pipeline or something. Or maybe they are afraid of damaging the delicate environment. Crazy world we live in today. But I am not going all that way to get within a couple miles of the Arctic ocean and not get my feet in it.
After that, I am heading south again toward Fairbanks. Then head east towards Delta Junction and Tok. Will play it by ear on the route from there and see how it goes with timing. Camp if it is nice. Try to find a hotel or a roof of some type if the weather sucks. Will definitely hit the Denali Highway then head south back toward Anchorage. I hate to repeat road but since I was not planning on sightseeing too much in that area going northbound, it’s not too bad.
If I have enough time, I will head toward Seward until I have to return the bike. I am hoping to get close to 2000 miles of riding.
If you are interested in tracking, below are a couple links to my Spot tracker. I have read on a few blogs that this far north in Alaska the service is not always reliable since the satellites are arranged to provide the best coverage where most of the people in the world live. Obviously that is much further south than I will be. But we will see how it does. It might miss updates here and there.
Data will not appear until late morning of July 3rd when I pick up the bike. I will turn on the tracking while riding each day and turn it off each evening.
This is the page from the company that makes the Spot device. The downside is it only displays data for 7 days. I will be riding for 8. It also deletes your data after 30 days unless you set up a Spot Adventure. But .. you can check it out if you like anyway. http://share.findmespot.com/shared/face ... iN0P0rqsAZ
This link is to my Spotwalla page. This gives the advantage of setting up specific trips by dates and doesn’t delete your data after 30 days. Again, nothing will display until July 3rd.
https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id ... 0a533eb0bd I also have a camera that will record the gps location of the pictures (Thanks Dr Don). I will try to upload some of these pictures when I have time and an internet connect while on the trip. SuperCanook loaned me his Contour HD so I will try to get some video if something cool pops up too. Not sure how often I will have internet access though. Will post in this thread when I can.
See you in two weeks if the bears don’t get me. Smithpa68 is Top of the World bound!!!
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