We settled into the Arctic Caribou Inn and waited for our tardy bikes to arrive.
When they showed up we rushed to assemble them in time to get a good night of sleep
in our last real bed.
Frozen tundra, muddy roads, huge trucks and herds of caribou met us on the way out
of Prudhoe Bay. We were also introduced to our new companions, swarms of mosquitos
and the Trans Alaska Pipeline
Onward to the Atigun Pass |7.5.10 |
We steadily gained elevation as we headed up the North Slope. The weather was mixed
leading to some incredible clear views and dreary cloud filled skies.
A night spent at 3,000 feet got us in the mood to conquer the pass as soon as possible
and head down into the boreal forest beyond.
Fairbanks into Moose Country |7.13.10 |
We headed out of Fairbanks after resting for a few days. Our bikes were clean and
our brakes tight. With a twinkle in our eye we rode through North Pole putting in
our Christmas in July wishes.
We made a quick stop at Harding Lake and rode the next day to Delta Junction. Along
the way we saw several moose and caught a glimpse of the Alaskan Range.
Yukon Ho! |7.20.10 |
From Delta Junction we made it to the border in four days. Since then we’ve travelled
200 or so miles to Haines Junction, Yukon.
The St. Elias Mountains have risen up to the south we’ve been chased by rainstorms
as we climb hill after hill. Yesterday ended on a high note as we started riding
with a group of Alaskans heading to Oregon and had an awesome 10 mile downhill grade
to reward us after a day of serious climbing.
Crossing the Divide |7.29.10 |
Moving on from Haines with tons of goodies from The Village Bakery, we made great
time to Whitehorse. After a few days there, which included a tour at the Yukon
Brewing Company, we were rested up and ready to face the headwind.
The past five days we have pedaled over 50 miles a day into a strong headwind. The
rolling hills have also been challenging as we gradually gained altitude to cross
the continental divide. Now we are at the end of our time on the Alaska Highway
and will head south on the Cassiar after a rest in Watson Lake.