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Old 07-16-2007, 11:09 PM   #1
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Solo to Dead Horse, Alaska: Day 9 Fairbanks to Cold Foot/Wiseman

Left Fairbanks to finally takle the James Dalton high way or the "Hauling Rode" as the locals call it. This rode is 500 miles and mostly dirt. As a dirt biker, the road is not that technical but very long, very slippery, filled with large trucks throwing golf ball size gravel at you, it's very grueling. It rained most of the day and people lie when they say it's "water proof."

At a construction delay, I met a guy on a 2005 Goldwing going to the Arctic Circle and then heading back to Fairbanks. I said you should go to Prudhoe Bay/Dead Horse and do the whole "show." He agreed and I "escorted" him through the muck to Cold Foot the first day, stopping first for a "photo op" at the Arctic Circle.

Cold Foot is the natural stopping point(about half way) for day one. You can also stay at Wiseman 14 miles up the Hauling Rode. Wiseman is also one of my favorite places and is a throw back to 1908 when the town was founded. It has an old frontier feeling. We met a yound family who lives there and runs the museum.

Just as I set up my tent for the night, another thunder storm with side ways rain swept into Cold Foot........I stayed in the Inn. My tent gathered water inside again soaking my gear, ruining two books, and floating my air mattress.
Day 9: 265 miles........

Prodhoe Bay/Dead Horse awaits tomorrow......
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