Arctic Circle Inn Gift Shop and Lodge
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TravelPod Member ReviewsArctic Circle Inn Gift Shop and Lodge Coldfoot
Good location on the stop. Authentic Alaskan stop with outhouses.
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After a photo of the bunch of us who made it to the top, we set off and have a cracking ride back to Coldfoot on the same road we had traveled the day before.
We are now used to the different types of gravel surfaces, the dry mud the wet mud and the roadworks, so we all make it back without incident. The Atigan pass and its mountain were just as stunning as went we had written the route yesterday.
It has been great to make it to the very top of Alaska, an achievement I ...
... We had a new 24 passenger van with only 8 people, so we had a comfortable trip. We probably averaged 45 mph on the road. The road is gravel and very rough. The book we use as a detailed travel guide does not recommend driving this road and if you do, you should carry two mounted spare tires. Fuel and food are available only at a couple isolated stops. Some people use the road as a challenge and drive to Prudhoe ...
... dangerous road. Our silver car very quickly took on a lovely sheen of brown, interrupted only in the areas where the windshield wipers struggled to do their job and despite Andrew's iron grip on the wheel, the car would swerve. Not so much into the other lane, as there weren't any, but just kind of all over the place. It was bad enough that he didn't even risk the two fingered trucker wave when we ever so carefully passed people going the other way. ...
... to ward off the amateurs obviously. Heidi said not to worry about claims or stakes, just wade up the creek and look for the black dirt under the gravel.
And so we did. With the car parked on some muddy, flooded side road, we followed the creek upstream and started panning. Turns out it's very tedious, very mosquito-infested, very cold work, not to mention one keeps looking up expecting to see some sort of bear or wolf or other furry thing with ...
... with that great idea is that mixed with rainwater, the road becomes a vehicular slip'n'slide. You know where this is going, right?
It was misting when we stopped to walk along the pipeline. Let me tell you, that thing is an engineering marvel. The variables they had to figure out: expansion, insulation, temperature control, strength, repairing, longevity, etc, it is amazing. The pipeline is on a sled that shifts back and forth, as needed, between ...