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July 14, 2014
By 5:30 a.m. our drive/fly tour to the Arctic Circle and Coldfoot, the northernmost truck stop in North America, was on the road and headed for the infamous Dalton Highway. Our tour guide, a young woman transplanted from Maine, pulled off the road to let us take pictures of the perfectly clear Alaska Range with Mt. McKinley a shining beacon. She said that only 30 % of visitors to Alaska are fortunate enough to get a peak of the summit because ...
... so I slowly drive a few miles to a bridge overpass and parking lot, where I check my drawers. It is raining hard when the boys come, and we take refuge under the bridge for lunch. Nothing is said about the near-wreck.
We drain our spare gas into our tanks, again trying to avoid too much water entering our tanks. We continue on, towards Atigun Pass, and the high-point of the road. Its still raining hard when we come up and over, in fog, rain, and wind. ...
... and listen intently to his tales. We leave him and finish our ride on pavement to Wiseman, where we have the artic retreat B&B for the night. After we eat a spaghetti dinner, we wander out with our cigars to discourage the mosquitoes, and the scotch to soothe the body aches. We find a fire ring with wood stacked nearby on the gravel bar by the river, and in light rain, sit by the campfire for hours.
Back to Carlo Creek after our stay in Denali. We get a
shower, do laundry and go across the street for pizza and beer. Repack the
bikes. Hmmmm…one more IPA. We plan to get up at 0730 for an early start to get
to Coldfoot. A knock on the door awakens us. Oh no!!! The alarm didn't go off.
It’s 1100 and we know it’s going to be a late night arrival. We ride from
Denali to Fairbanks approx. 125 mi. ...
March 5th Bettles: Midnight It is cold and clear so the aurora trek to the viewing hut on the lake is on. Temperature is around -3 F so dressing warmly is important. Standing around taking pictures does not generate much heat. The lake hut is a couple of miles away from the lodge so light pollution is nearly nil. The hut is nice in that you can be inside with hot drinks and snacks and pop out when the aurora shows up. We had been ...