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Mar. 13

Winter ride to the north of Alaska

to Prudhoe Bay - Deadhorse

No electric heating clothes !!!!!!
The lowest temperature -35.9ºC -32.62F
The lowest Wind Chill -64ºC 83.2F spid 100km/h 
Without flat tires...
Without falls...
Some damaged on suspensions..
Low temperatures destroy both cameras...
End i have so much fun !!!!! :)

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Bye bye Yukon and welcome to Alaska :)  road between two Border was a disaster...  if no one takes care of it...
Million deep holes covered with black ice, very easy to turn shine side down :) But studs have done their work !!!!

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After a long ride first stop in Tok...camping overnight at -29.8ºC -21.64F 

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I had to be careful about Caribo and moose ...I have met a lot of them

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The roads were covered with ice and snow as I expected...

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Glacier 

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My friend Bob and Sharon Peek  gave me a place to stay and place where i can work on my bike in Wasilla 

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Oil change for low temperature

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0W-40 this oil is still liquid at -50 ºC -58F and engine start much easier

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something for show :)

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Screwing some extra studs for better traction...

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and Jack is ready to go

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is very nice to know someone who can help and support you... 

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the last check... Please note I do not use any heated clothing.

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And here we go !!!!!

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Prudhoe here we come !!!!!!

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Wasilla - Fairbanks 

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I always try to find power to plug in my bike when camping

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Beginning of Dalton Highway. Alaska State Troopers followed me for awhile to see if I was able to handle icy roads

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very nice road for begin

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The road are continually changing in surface texture. Had to be aware and focused at all times.
No mistakes allowed.

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Arctic Circle... 310 mils to Prudhoe

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Unwinding after a days travel  with very interesting book  from my friend (Miran Juvančič)   
-27ºC  -16.6F

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Cold foot in the morning, found front leaking shock

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One of the important features on GS adventure is big tank... 240 miles not a big deal...

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Coldfoot to Deadhorse

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From this point on the road is sprayed  to make it smother for trucks

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We're have left the boreal forest and moving up across the tundra

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The nature is amazing so quite and beautiful cant explain with any words

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The temperature is getting colder and road is a little rougher

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Slowly making progress further north.

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In February the days are still very short in the arctic

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Everything that is electric is starting to shutdown, indicator on dashboard, GPS, temperature sensor.
Extremely cold, imagine what the windchill was. Thank goodness I had a better helmet this trip

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Finally Deadhorse -31*

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Low temperature  makes everything very fragile, and we can lose some piece of equipment very easy
this is just the beginning 

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The life of working in Prudhoe, everything is plugged in and left running al night long.

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a lot of wind covers trucks

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Trucks are running 24/7

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Drilling Rig Base

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Heating up machines to get them to run.

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During a short walk, everything freezes

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I prepared my bike for this expedition, I'm going to write a separate report on what I did to make this ride 
a sucess

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My bike has more then 10,000Km on extreme conditions and I expected this to happen. The shock has
more then 90,000 since the beginning of my trip. 
In the beginning I was traveling with one other person and we carried a lot more luggage. On very rough
roads. The Ohlins did a great job for me , no complaints

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This much oil dropped on the ground in Prudhoe  could get a fine and a ticket, I found this out later.
I'm at the halfway point on this trip and only have part of my suspension working. Have to be very 
careful going back

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Because your are not able to camp in Deadhorse I had to use the hotel, but the price was not out of line
Because they gave you the meals at no additional cost. You can eat like a pig. HaHa

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Bike started without any problem, thanks to good planning

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General store in Deadhorse Alaska inside the have a wall of heros (pictures of people who have
driven motorcycles up here) But not that many in winter.
This is as far as a person is able to go on the North Slope of Alaska. The rest of the area is private property
and leased by the oil companies.

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Cross wind 35-40 Mph the way back. 

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The weather looks a lot better a little further down the road.

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Me and my best friend

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Pump Station three, moving the oil down to Valdez Alaska.

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Complete solitude

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Oil worker stopped to take picture I had him take one of me. Everyone said I'm crazy.

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taking  photo and video is almost impossible...low temperatures discharge the batterys very quickly 

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Atagin Pass 

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Coldfoot again along with northern lights

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Even though my most important camera broke down I was able to get some great shots

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For the last time Arctic Circle in North America

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Weather change road covered with snow making the ride a little more challanging

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Great people I met in Fairbanks Alaska  Thanks Guys!!

Back From Deadhorse

Day seven back in Wasilla
But the ice journey is not finished yet...

My next few posting will be about preparations for bike and gear and clothing...






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