Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
159Trip End Jun 23, 2010
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In the morning Des was as right as rain and ready to go forth into Fairbanks, which is only about 19 kilometers away. I don't actually know why we were going such a short distance to Fairbanks, just that we thought we had more choices of motels there as Fairbanks was bigger than North Pole, and they might be a little cheaper. I had only just turned onto the Richardson Highway when a bumble bee flew into the side of my helmet, I had not put my visor down as it was warm, and we were still travelling quite slowly. I could feel the bee fussing around in my hair and bumping up against my head and was waiting for the sting. I quickly indicated right, changed down gears, released my helmet and watched a relieved bee fly off out of my hair
We rode around the town stopping to ask prices of the hotels and weather they had internet and included breakfast or not. The ones we inquired at looked pretty dodgy except the Westmark which was over $200 per night, so out of the question for us.
After a few wrong turns, U-turns at intersections, trips down one way streets the wrong way, and no success in the motel area, we took the opportunity to view the Alyeska Pipeline which carries oil from the north to the south of Alaska, and is quite a feat of engineering because of the freezing conditions in Alaska.
Through to Fox we rode looking for accommodation, but found little there. Our best option, we decided, was to go back to the Hotel North Pole, which I was quite comfortable with.