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Posted: 8/12/2017 12:37:56 PM EST
As I was climbing Atigun pass I was stopped by a cop. She said I could make it to Prudhoe Bay but I'd never make the return trip. A freak storm was on its way and and would put 2-3' of snow on the pass. I'm at Eielson AFB watching the weather waiting for a window of opportunity. I rode 2,500 miles to get here and I can't give up now.






Link Posted: 8/12/2017 12:49:57 PM EST
Good luck.

Had to turn back on that route with a Suburban of questionable mechanical integrity. Had a wife and kids on board too. Hope you can make it. Just wait the weather out someplace warm and safe, you don't want to get stuck in bad weather up there.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 12:50:15 PM EST
Looks like fun. Stay safe.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 12:55:37 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/12/2017 1:05:37 PM EST by SearArtist]
Just wait out the storm.

also, FYYFF

ETA - just checked multiple weather sources and none of them show snow, only precipitation.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 12:59:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/12/2017 1:00:01 PM EST by autococker07]
Looks like an awesome ride.....  I want to do that ride someday.  Maybe when the kids are grown up.

Did you go up the Alcan?   If so, did you bring a pistol with you?  If both how did that work out? 
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 12:59:59 PM EST
The high here today is 101F


Snow sounds nice.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 1:00:24 PM EST
You suck!

That trip is on my list.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 1:01:44 PM EST
I had to hit Google to find out where you are.

Looks like a cool trip. Have fun and stay safe.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 2:09:31 PM EST
One time I had to travel from pump station 6 to pump station 4 in December, I was in a pickup being driven by the courier. 

At about the middle of atigun we came over a small rise and 100 yards ahead of us was a semi taking up 90% of the road coming straight at us, to the right was a drop of about 300'.

Take your time and stay safe.
Link Posted: 8/12/2017 2:21:40 PM EST
It is August in Alaska and you expected what, weather wise? It is an exciting trip no matter the time of year or what veheicle you drive. Good luck, be safe and make wise decisions!
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 1:18:32 AM EST
I've been held up at Eielson AFB for the last three days waiting for a window of opportunity. I think I can give it another go Monday.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 1:19:27 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2017 1:23:12 AM EST by BlackdogGS]
I feel like I'm waiting for a mission. I'm bored.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 2:02:42 AM EST
Why are you waiting at EAFB, some thirteen solid hours of riding from Prudhoe, when you could be in Coldfoot, waiting for your window?

Shoot me a pm if you want to grab a beer. I'm just north of Fairbanks
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 2:49:24 AM EST
We should be friends...
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Link Posted: 8/13/2017 4:02:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2017 4:03:22 AM EST by raven]
The trucks that go back from Deadhorse are empty.  I bet you could get your bike shipped to Fairbanks cheap and you could fly back.  Oh, you turned back
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 5:27:53 AM EST
That's my jurisdiction!
Be safe brother, ride slow, and watch out for rocks thrown by truck tires.
Danomite45
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 6:26:45 AM EST
What tires are you running?
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 6:41:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2017 6:42:03 AM EST by Alacrity]
GL mate, discretion is definitely the better part of valor if your're solo. Least your south of Fairbanks instead of stuck somewhere like Livengood or worse. Sometimes it makes sense to come up short to come back later.

Wont make you feel any better but in my run up the east coast of Africa we got the Sani in but turned back before Dar Es Salaam. I'll likely never get back to that part of Africa. Always next year - safe travels. Calcium chloride sucks anyway 
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 10:30:32 AM EST
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Originally Posted By SwamperAK:
Why are you waiting at EAFB, some thirteen solid hours of riding from Prudhoe, when you could be in Coldfoot, waiting for your window?

Shoot me a pm if you want to grab a beer. I'm just north of Fairbanks
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I'm staying here for $60 a night. Coldfoot, Yukon river is twice that. Plus I get free movies, a place to change oil and a wash machine. I'm leaving tomorrow morning.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 10:32:14 AM EST
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What tires are you running?
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K60 Scouts, 30 psi in the back, 22 in front.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 10:38:01 AM EST
Been there done that.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 10:44:44 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Alacrity:
GL mate, discretion is definitely the better part of valor if your're solo. Least your south of Fairbanks instead of stuck somewhere like Livengood or worse. Sometimes it makes sense to come up short to come back later.

Wont make you feel any better but in my run up the east coast of Africa we got the Sani in but turned back before Dar Es Salaam. I'll likely never get back to that part of Africa. Always next year - safe travels. Calcium chloride sucks anyway 
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I made it to the tip of South America last year. I thought Prudhoe Bay would be a snap.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 10:54:35 AM EST
Some day when I can get the time off I want to do that too. I'm peanut butter and jealous.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 11:11:13 AM EST
I want to do this trip some day.

But in a 4x4 truck.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 11:20:50 AM EST
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Originally Posted By SeanTX:
You suck!

That trip is on my list.
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Link Posted: 8/13/2017 11:24:53 AM EST
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Originally Posted By BlackdogGS:


I made it to the tip of South America last year. I thought Prudhoe Bay would be a snap.
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Mother Nature never cooperates. Never made it to Ushuaia, only as far as Puerto Madryn trailing Dakar. Did you ride the whole road? 
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 5:02:42 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Alacrity:

Mother Nature never cooperates. Never made it to Ushuaia, only as far as Puerto Madryn trailing Dakar. Did you ride the whole road? 
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I made the entire trip from Portland to Ushuaia. I flew around the Darian gap. 17,000 miles. Started with a team of 3 and ended up solo.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 5:06:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/13/2017 5:06:36 PM EST by Atomic_Ferret]
I wonder how many inmates from ADV are on here as well as people from Portal

Seems like 1/2 of Tacomaworld are arfcommers.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 5:10:43 PM EST
Fun trip. Scooted up on my wr250. Take the tour and go for a dive in the arctic ocean. Its very refreshing
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 8:14:37 PM EST
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I made the entire trip from Portland to Ushuaia. I flew around the Darian gap. 17,000 miles. Started with a team of 3 and ended up solo.
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Epic - looking forward to Arctic Ocean pics. 
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 10:51:21 AM EST
I'm in Wisemen now. 230 miles to go. Its been raining constantly.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 11:12:12 AM EST
What the heck, dibs on guns....


IN!
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 3:30:51 AM EST
I went over Atigun pass about 4pm. I'm at the Prudhoe Bay hotel now. Due to snow, mud and road construction it took me 11 hours to go 230 miles. Mission complete!

Link Posted: 8/16/2017 6:13:56 AM EST
Eh that's not horrible you got there in one piece, that's the goal not time. Everybody ain't Gary Eakin. 

Rain the whole way? 
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 1:27:48 PM EST
I actually seen the sun this morning! I'm hoping for a better day.
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 1:41:02 PM EST
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Originally Posted By BlackdogGS:
I actually seen the sun this morning! I'm hoping for a better day.
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How old are you OP?
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 1:56:55 PM EST
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How old are you OP?
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68
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 2:01:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/16/2017 2:03:43 PM EST by 9divdoc]
an battery drill and some screw in cleats?
like your bike and your stickers
best of luck and God's speed.

you could always drop in and see Sue Aiken ....

68? man Im gonna be in two weeks...you're a better man than me...

I might have done that 30 yrs ago...keep us in the loop OP
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 2:08:00 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Atomic_Ferret:
I wonder how many inmates from ADV are on here as well as people from Portal

Seems like 1/2 of Tacomaworld are arfcommers.
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I am! I live in Alaska and still haven't run up the Dalton. I've run the Dempster though.
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 2:10:48 PM EST
Cool thread, thank you for posting and good luck.
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 2:22:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/16/2017 2:26:41 PM EST by Ibn_Huq]
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Originally Posted By Atomic_Ferret:
I wonder how many inmates from ADV are on here as well as people from Portal

Seems like 1/2 of Tacomaworld are arfcommers.
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Congrats on making it ...way to go OP

I Hope to be doing some epic ADV runs in a few years after I get the tarmac burning out of my blood
Link Posted: 8/18/2017 2:34:47 PM EST
I made it to Prudhoe Bay 2 days ago, I'm in Fairbanks now resting. Atigun pass is treeless and beautiful in its own way. I'll do a better report when I get to a real computer.





Link Posted: 8/18/2017 2:36:05 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/18/2017 2:38:06 PM EST
This is awesome
Link Posted: 8/18/2017 2:44:41 PM EST
I've never seen a cop on t he Haul Road. Was Missy cooking at the Hotel in Dead Horse?


Aviator
Link Posted: 8/18/2017 2:44:45 PM EST
Post more pics, when you can.
 Get further SOUTH, give me a jingle: 
  FREE Camping,  oil change, maintenance supplies, beverage and BS, if I  have time.
Link Posted: 8/18/2017 3:36:32 PM EST
Glad you made it up the Haul Road safely. I worked for 15 years at Prudhoe but never drove - just flew on the charter jet. My hunting pardner and I drove my F250 4x4 with CabOver camper to Manley Hot Springs and hunted the area for moose. Saw no bulls but saw a big grizzly - a fun hunt anyway. I loved my time on the Slope - summer and winter.
Link Posted: 8/19/2017 2:34:40 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Fullpower:
Post more pics, when you can.
 Get further SOUTH, give me a jingle: 
  FREE Camping,  oil change, maintenance supplies, beverage and BS, if I  have time.
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Will do! I'll be headed towards Watson Lake soon .
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 4:31:22 PM EST
I explored some back roads in the Yukon and found this old cabin.



I left Fort Nelson this morning and I'm spending the night between Dawson Creek and Prince George. I'll be entering Washington around Bonners Ferry.
Link Posted: 9/2/2017 8:27:23 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Aviator:
I've never seen a cop on t he Haul Road. Was Missy cooking at the Hotel in Dead Horse?


Aviator
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After thing about it I think it was the ranger from the Arctic Circle complex. I was stressed when I talked to her, all I remember was an official looking truck and a person in uniform.
Link Posted: 9/2/2017 8:36:55 PM EST
I pushed myself to the limit twice on this ride, I glad I went solo. I would be greatful if one of you could embed this vid for me.

https://youtu.be/RWY2hlrrLDU
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