July 08, 2003 GMT
The Bike Arrives and I Head North

At last my bike arrives in Anchorage. Have had a good time hanging around Girdwood. Lots to do, I have even been initiated into the way of guns. My friend Chuck took me out with an arsenal of weaponry that we fired at targets. Very enlightening and real good fun. My shoulder still pangs me 5 days after it! After a day on preparation I hit the highway bound for the most norhterly accessable point by road, Deadhorse in Prudhoe Bay. One hell of a ride to one hell hole of a place is the best way to sum it up. (am trying to work out how to post pictures onto the site, coming soon bear with me. Technology never was my strong point!!!)

I finally left Girdwood my home for the last two weeks to rain that even the English wouldn't have gone out in. Good test of rider and gear. Headed up to Talkeetna which is where all the would be Mt McKinley climbers hang out, or so they say, cos I saw none of these dudes whilst in town. Carried on north past Denali Nat Park and to be honest saw nothing but rain, will see it I am sure when I am headed south again. The distances here are long and the butt suffers substantially. Made the Dalton Highway at midnight but up here that is cool as it doesn,t get dark. The Dalton seems to have a bit of a reputation as a boneshaker full of huge trucks screaming down and up it. The road is 414 miles to the top, mostly dirt of varying degrees of quality. The longest section is the top one from Coldfoot to Deadhorse, 240 miles of dirt with no services and only the Trans Alaska oil pipeline to keep you company. The ride was superb, no hassles with trucks just loads of top quality scenery and fantastic riding. The idea of riding 250 miles above the Arctic Circle has a certain appeal. The scenery goes from rolling hills to the mountains of the Brooks Range to the North Slope which is a huge expanse of tundra. Plenty of wildlife to see, Bald Eagles, Arctic Caribou, Arctic Fox and more mosquitoes than ever. 50 around you head at any given time is not uncommon! Still no bears I am disapointed to say. (seen from a healthy distance of course) When I fianlly made it the to Deadhorse I was a little surprised at what a hole it is. Nobody lives there, they all just work the oil fields. Nowhere is there anything but plant and oil drilling machinery. I did however get to swim in the Arctic Sea and get a view of the polar ice cap.
I have come as far north as I can get, now just have to cruise on through south to Tierra del Feugo! Now Back down in Fairbanks for R & R then back up north for some more dirt roads.

Posted by Peter Slarke at July 08, 2003 02:21 AM GMT

fantastic mate glad to hear that you are all sorted with bike and gear and out there doing it ... can't wait to see te piccies if you work out how to post them. Chuck sounds like a bit of a star hope you continue to meet people like him ... take it easy have a good one and we will keep checking in

J & C xxx.

Posted by: Jon on July 9, 2003 01:01 AM GMT



Posted by: MIKE STATON on July 10, 2003 08:22 AM GMT

I'll try in English this time!Git on Mate. Sounds Brill. All at the fun factory! say hello. Your round sounds better than the big grey slab Iam using. Take care & watch out for them bears.


Posted by: MIKE STATON on July 10, 2003 09:32 AM GMT

Good news. Have you thought that if you didn't smell like poo the flies and mossies may not hang around?! Take care of that butt of yours and remember that bears can't run downhill... Have fun.

ps for an IT teacher Mike's grasp of a keyboard is interesting (hope mine comes up ok now!!)!

Posted by: morna stevens on July 10, 2003 02:18 PM GMT

Good on yer mate and all other Aussie cliches.
Keep in mind the other legal delights that Alaska contains.
Shift for brains.

Posted by: Bonnie Langdale on July 11, 2003 08:42 PM GMT

hi mate, good to hear your on the move, the gun thing sounds interesting, not like you at all, be carefull or you might start eating bacon sarnies!(lovely). were all looking forward to some pics when you sort the technology out?.deadhorse should be a blast?. take care. glen

Posted by: glen on July 14, 2003 08:14 AM GMT

great to here its going so well. hope your meeting up with jess goes well and you both get out and about as you intended. i've just got back from Greece which was great. look forward to seeing the piccies !!


Posted by: Adrian on July 21, 2003 12:03 PM GMT

Hi mate, Duncan put me onto your address, the trip sounds fantastic. I could tell that the bike would be trouble down the first time i threw it down the road on the way back from your house!!!!!!!!
Got myself an Africa Twin, I'll have to come out an see you, once I finish this teaching stuff!
good luck and great to see the pics.

Posted by: Nick on October 1, 2003 07:06 PM GMT
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