Where the Road Ends: Week 1
One Week until Departure
Louis, Alex, and Jake had to deal with FOUR flat tires while driving the Black Boar and trailer to Anchorage, AK to meet the rest of the team to do final prep before heading up to Deadhorse, AK.
November 7, 2017 – Eagle River, Alaska – Getting ready to head up to Fairbanks, which is the first leg of the journey northbound to start in Deadhorse. Packed up the Back Boar with all the operational needs for the team such as a radios, drones, and bike accessories.
Day One –
…CHECK! Prudhoe Bay to Coldfoot: 213 Miles. Encountered a nasty storm blowing 40+ mph gusts before entering Atigun Pass and had a couple maintenance issues with the bikes but we pushed through and made it to Coldfoot. “Thank you to the truck drivers for being patient with us…”(Where the Road Ends).
Day Two –
Coldfoot to Yukon River Camp, 120 Miles. Day two was another tough day of riding for the team, maybe tougher than day one due to the road conditions. A couple of the riders got pushed off the road but it was nothing serious. Last leg of the Dalton Highway is the last portion they needed to conquer before making their way into Fairbanks later that evening. Best trucker response of the day: “Did you guys eat stupid flakes this morning?” We’re all experienced army vets. We can take it.
Day Three –
Yukon River Camp to Fairbanks, 135 miles. The Dalton Hwy has officially been conquered! The team had a great stay at Yukon River Camp where they caught a glimpse of the northern lights early in the morning. “Thanks to Simon’s popularity in Japan, their notoriety has started to become known in China and Malaysia as we were mobbed by adoring fans (ok they were just tourists but whatever)” (Where the Road Ends). The first few hours of the ride were great until the road went to one plowed lane all the way to Fox. To quote Simon, “Insane. It was insane”. Wayne said, “I’m never doing that again”.
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