We camped halfway into the Haul Road and I did a 500 mile roundtrip to Deadhorse and back on the same day to the campground. The day was long and challenging, but with many enjoyable places like the Atigun Pass, where my host in Fairbanks Ben decided to turn back. It rained on and off several times, and I had to carry an extra can of petrol as my bike doesn’t has enough range, all this while looking at a pipeline full of oil all the way.
Deadhorse is the top of the Pan American Highway, as far north as you can get on a road in America. It’s a town built for the only purpose of pumping oil from the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field, the largest oil field in all North America, and send it through the 800 mile Trans Alaska Pipeline to the south of Alaska and then shipped to refineries in the rest of the US.
Canada is a big country, a few years in the UK made me forget what is like to be on a road for half an hour without seeing another soul. When you do see something, it’s either a wild animal, a biker or a huge 7 litre engine pick-up carrying a big RV, a big boat or another big pick-up.
Continue Reading →