|My goodness the mtns are cool.|
|Paved road??? Above the arctic circle???|
|The kid doing well|
|The views just kept getting better.|
|ANWR on our left and the Gates of the Arctic National Park on our right. |
The Haul road cuts a path right down the middle.
|Cathedrals of stone surrounded us|
|At the basin of the famous Atigun Pass|
|It was a blistering 85 degrees... No kidding!!|
|At the base of the south end of the pass|
|Looking South as we climb up|
|Looking in my rear mirror. Steady as she goes.|
|The valley sneaking just past Gates of the Arctic and ANWR. |
That opening leads to the open tundra all the way to the arctic ocean.
|The north slope peters out on the Gates of the Arctic side. Awesome views.|
|The pipeline snaking past one more rocky outcrop.|
|Almost to the open tundra... Still around 85 degrees.|
|The open tundra and we encounter |
THE ABSOLUTE WORST BUGS WE'VE EVER SEEN IN OUR LIVES!!!!
|We could only enjoy the beauty momentarily to take pictures as|
the bugs would swarm inside our helmets and down our jackets.
|'tis beautiful though.|
|The temperature quickly drops to around the mid 40's and we stop to put on warm clothes.|
We notice that the headlight guard on the Dakar has been damaged. It did it's job.
|The road went into the endless horizon. It was a weird feeling |
like we were riding off the end of the earth.
|Just before Prudhoe Bay we encounter this miniature mountain range of frozen tundra. |
Ice could be seen for miles and miles on the frozen tundra.
The temperature began to drop below 40 degrees now.