Deadhorse Journals

Cycling Alaska and Western Canada

A June 2001 trip to Deadhorse by bike_americas

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Quote: Here are some tales of the first month of my bicycle trip from Alaska to Argentina. This section stars at the Arctic Ocean and goes to Victoria, B.C.

Cycling Alaska and Western Canada

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Overview

Deadhorse Photo, Deadhorse, Alaska
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The Dalton Highway, from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks, was some of the hardest cycling I´ve ever done, but was also some of the most incredible sights I´ve ever seen, too. Alaskan Tundra, Yukon wilderness, Alaska Highway, Whitehorse, Cassiar Highway, the funky town of Hyder, Whistler-Blackcomb area, and Victoria all made for an amazing first 5000 kilometers of cycling. Check out our website for everything: maps, photos, journals, etc. www.bikeamericas.schoolaccess.netQuick Tips: The Dalton Highway has only one place to stop for over the 500 miles it crosses, so bring everything you need. The Alaska Highway has heavy traffic consisting mostly of RVs and motorhomes, and the Cassiar Highway is...Read More

Living on the Tundra

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Attraction

Living on the Tundra Photo, Deadhorse, Alaska
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Cycling the Dalton Highway from the Arctic Ocean to Fairbanks, Alaska, we had to pack all our food (consisting of beef jerky, GORP, and dehydrated Mountain House meals) and camped primitively for 9 days. The road´s sole purpose is to bring supplies to the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay and is supposedly going to be removed after the oil is gone. Because of this, it is all gravel with steep grades and no services except for one truck stop 260 miles north of Fairbanks. Because of this, we were able to pitch a tent wherever we wanted to. With the midnight sun on our side, we would usually cycle until we found a place that looked cool. It was tundra until we crossed the Brooks Range, then it turn...Read More

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Living on the Tundra
Dalton Highway
Deadhorse, Alaska

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Story/Tip

Hyder Photo, Deadhorse, Alaska
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Hyder, Alaska is more like Canada than Alaska, but the 600 residents don´t want to admit it. Only accessible by small float plane or boat through Alaska (although the ferry stopped going there from lack of interest), the majority of the travelers going to Hyder opt for the easy way: driving from Canada. From the Cassiar Highway, head west at Meziadhin Junction and 40 miles later you´ll be in Alaska. We cycled it without too much trouble, less the rain that hit us hard for an hour or so. The scenery was amazing, complete with glacier fields, the bright blue Bear Glacier that is surprisingly close the highway, waterfalls cascading down the steep mountains, and lots of bears. We saw six of them c...Read More

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Anchorage, Alaska

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