Arctic Ocean, Midnight Sun, Cyclists and Arctic Ground SquirrelsWe are now back in Fairbanks, Alaska, after a week's adventure on the renowned Dalton Highway.The road takes us to Deadhorse and the nearby Prudhoe Bay Oil field on the Arctic Ocean.
Since the beginning of June we have been heading north. Our journey has taken us in and out of Canada and Alaska. Our final entry was on the 2nd June when our border officer suggested that our one bottle of wine, remnants of a bottle of gin, lack of drugs or weapons made for 'not a lot of fun' but he didn't know what fun we would have on the dirt!
Stephen has been putting in the 'dirt' miles to get us there and back in one piece.
The scenery continues to be stunning as we travel along the Alaska Highway.
|Kluane Lake, Alaska Highway, Yukon|
|A Gray Jay found in the Boreal forests of North America|
|The border line between US and Canada|
|The end of the Alaska Highway at Delta Junction, also know as the Alcan.|
|Luckily we haven't come across Buffalo or Moose on the road at speed|
- 60c is not uncommon in this area according to a local first nation woman.
Fairbanks has been our base for shopping and cheap fuel before the start of the Dalton Highway. It hosts a World Ice Sculpture competition in March every year. We paid a visit to the ice museum where Chinese ice artist, Alan, many times champion, carved for us.
|Yukon River Crossing|
At one of the very welcome 'camps' which have fuel, simple food and lodging and sometimes visitor information sits enthusiastic Dottie in her information cabin, ready to give us all the info on the road conditions and which animals to look out for. We did a lot of looking out but didn't see much on this trip.
|Pipeline and road share the route|
In Wiseman, a small community 5 miles off the road, this lodge offers coffee and gifts, when open!
Much is still frozen!
Miles of Boreal forest turns to Arctic tundra as the road rises.
|Endless winding valley roads|
|This is it! The Arctic Ocean. Frozen!|
|My tiny foot is frozen! (Not my tiny hand...!)|
I couldn't swim or even paddle, as planned.
500,000 barrels a day of oil pass through the pipes. It takes a week to reach Valdez.
The road to Prudhoe Bay was mainly driven by trucks and a few cyclists and motorcyclists!!
We met Irish cyclists Brendan and Kev who braved the bears and the cold to cycle to Deadhorse from Anchorage on the start of their magnificent journey from Prudhoe bay to South America. Amazing!!!!
We helped with the odd cup of tea and biscuits!
A cold and mucky road for us. Imagine what is was like on a bicycle!
The stunning valley near the Atigun Pass. It was raining and the road was slippery but still amazing.
|Slabs of dirty ice along the highway.|
What next? Probably Denali National Park. They must have bears there. We need to see a Grizzly. From a distance!