Prudhoe Bay then return to Fairbanks – 803 km
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.
The largest oil rig in the world.
All these “sheds” are rigs reaching down to 9,000ft. Enough oil here for another 50 years, and still exploring for new fields.
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.
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.
The road – this section had a non-bumpy patch.
The machinery here is big!
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.
Back / entrance
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.
The bike got a bit dirty!! And we have big smiles, really glad to have done it.