Prudhoe Bay then return to Fairbanks – 803 km

Day 3

Dipping our toes in the Arctic Ocean.  No pack ice or polar bears today.  Melanie, this IS the surf in the Arctic 🙂

This is as far north as we can go – from tomorrow we begin our journey south.

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The largest oil rig in the world.

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All these “sheds” are rigs reaching down to 9,000ft.  Enough oil here for another 50 years, and still exploring for new fields.

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All the carparks have plugs to keep the engines warm so they will start – not needed at this time of the year, we only got to -1 while here in summer.

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I woke up thinking it was morning, but no, it was only midnight.  We are getting used to going to sleep in daylight 🙂


Day 4 and 5 – returning to Fairbanks

Temp was not quite 2 degrees and foggy as we left – we are really happy with our gear, its been tested well in cold temps.

Didn’t take too long before we were in the sun.

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The road – this section had a non-bumpy patch.

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The machinery here is big!

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And when they say “Wide Load” they really mean it.

Stayed at Wiseman again, and really like this little town, has lots of old buildings.  This is a lovely little church.

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Back / entrance

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Inside – there is more seating than I could get in the photo – Wiseman has a pop of 15.


Over the course of the past few days, we have seen a cow moose with calf, two herds of musk ox, another cow moose just off the dual carriageway in town as we were coming in, Charlie saw a wolf, and lots of cute ground squirrels.

We have been so blessed with the weather – again rain was forecast which would have made this trip a lot harder, but we only had clouds, and mostly sunshine.  I have taken LOADS of photos, particularly of the mountains – another advantage of riding as a pillion.

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The bike got a bit dirty!!  And we have big smiles, really glad to have done it.



  • Melanie

    Oh dear there is no surf haha. Looks freezing!! That church is so cute!!! Little vintage looking church. The roads look hard out rough good effort 🙂

    August 1, 2014 at 8:50 pm
  • Guy

    Fantastic photos. Thought the rules said there had to be full body immersion, not just feet.

    August 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Nice to hear from you Guy. Rules don’t apply on road trips 🙂

      August 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm
  • Jeanette

    Wow you are certainly in another world that little church is awesome All those animals , take care esp with those trucks lots love J

    August 4, 2014 at 9:36 am
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Hi Jeanette 🙂 That little church was a real gem. It had a sign on the door saying “Open all morning, all night, all the time”.
      Our little Vink grandbaby is growing well, Melanie sent a recent photo.
      Love Janet

      August 7, 2014 at 3:13 pm
  • Diana

    Congratulations on reaching Prudhoe Bay. Beautiful photos.
    The chapel at Wiseman is a perfect testament to the faithfulness of folk in isolated places.
    Ride safe.

    August 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      So nice to hear from you Diana 🙂 Saw the wall that you did your “turn around” on and thought of you both. Been following your blog, looks like you are having a great trip.

      August 7, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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