The 10 Dos and Don’ts of the Dalton


For those planning on riding the Dalton in 2013, heed these warnings.  ;-) featuring some Motoquest info as well as Adventure Cycleworks.

As the article says at least biker dies each year!  We always carry a SPOT with extra insurance for that just in case air vac and extra fuel.

Posted by: Phil Freeman on Sunday, Sep 16 2012

The 10 Dos and Don’ts of the Dalton

Riding the Dalton Highway on the "North Slope", north of the Brooks Range

414 miles of frost-heaves, broken chip seal and grated dirt surfaces, the Dalton Highway has its challenges. On a good day, you can ride it wide open. On a bad day, you can go home in a helicopter. Continue reading

The Famous DALTON HIGHWAY!


Once again thanks Gary from AK for this great idea for a posting.  It’s that time of year when many of you will be heading up to Alaska for your own adventure.  This time last year we were planning our own Northern excursion.  So, we are envious of those who will be making this trip.  The Dalton Highway is a MUST ride and getting yourself to Deadhorse in one piece would be the goal.  ;-)  Here is a great web site which has all the information you will need to learn about the Dalton and it’s services or should I say lack of services.  Bring extra gas and enjoy this unpredictable yet beautiful highway!

I have also included some previous posts of ours that shows you where we stayed and a place where you can change your tires or oil!

Adventure Cycleworks

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Dan the man


If anyone has questions about this road and what you might experience please feel free to post in the comments. Continue reading

Repeat Post of our Video with Ray Jardine


I love this video of Ray after riding all the way from Deadhorse to Fairbanks.  Ray Jardine is an amazing man…just Google his name.  Ray was a great riding partner for the 800 KM we did on July 16th, 2011.  we went through rain, sludge, mud and as predicted by Cheryl the sun came out once we hit the Yukon River Crossing. 

I recorded this video as we pulled over to clean our shields just about 90KM outside Fairbanks.  In any case….I really like raw video…just a spontaneous discussion by all of us as to how the day went.  And…what a day that was…one we will never forget!

EVERYTHING ALASKA


TRAVEL ALASKA OFFICIAL WEB SITE

OUR 2011 TRIP ROUTE (we made a few mods to the actual route)

“Oasis in the Middle of Nowhere”


Dalton Highway is North of Fairbanks

ADVGRRLS Review of BOREAL LODGE off the DALTON HIGHWAY on Trip Adviser

Much nicer and cheaper than Coldfoot!  You should remember this place if you are going to ride the Dalton! ;-) We promised the owners of this lodge we would post a review on Trip Adviser and I finally got around to doing just that…the review was just approved.

We rode our motorcycles up the Dalton Highway this summer, 2011 and were told about this Lodge by some fellow ADV riders. Much better than the Coldfoot accommodations and half the price. Only about 13 miles north of Coldfoot and 3 miles off the Dalton and you get a wonderful host family, clean facilities and just a nice place to stay warm for the night en-route to Deadhorse. Don’t expect cook meals but the main Lodge has some canned goods and staple foods for you to buy. Coldfoot is not far away if yo must have someone cook for you.

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Doris Wiedemann–Amazing ADV rider


Doris Wiedemann – Winter Trip to Prudhoe Bay 2009

Thanks to Richard M.  Fellow Blogger for pointing me to this site. Thumbs up

R1Sjaak and Doris Wiedemann arriving on Prudhoe Bay in winter after a 16.000 km. ride on two motorcycles. http://www.reismotor.nl
Attican Pass and Deadhorse on two motorcycles at -35 Celsius http://www.reismotor.nl
R1 Sjaak and Doris Wiedemann almost in Prudhoe bay at -35 Celsius on two motorbikes http://www.reismotor.nl

There are more videos on the web site…just wanted to give you a taste.  Continue reading

Wiseman to Deadhorse part II Dalton Highway (371 KM)


I have read so many ride reports by other motorcyclists and have seen so many pictures of Alaska and some of the places we have been, but to be living and doing it all ourselves is a whole other story.  The vastness of the Alaskan Tundra is almost overwhelming.  We feel so small when riding our bikes through the mountains and plains.  The views are staggering and makes us wonder why anyone would live up here throughout the winters. 

The owner of the Boreal Lodge, Heidi said that her family reside in Wiseman because that is where she was raised.  She said all winter is mainly spent trying to keep everything from freezing and lying low.  It can get to minus 50 or 60 degrees F in Wiseman.  Even colder in Deadhorse.  Deadhorse is an industrial “town” open 365 days a year, 24/7.  Spoke to some guys who work here and they say there are 2 shifts. Winter and Summer.  When I asked if they made a lot of money to be so remote and away from their families, I got a laugh and no answer. Continue reading