Return Day1 Update 1

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Made it back from Prudhoe Bay last night.  Excellent time thanks to KWoods!  The return trip to Edmonton begins today.  Holla Holla from the road!

Posted on October 31st 2015 in Posts

20151029 update 2

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We have arrived in deadhorse aka prudhoe bay. More to come later

Posted on October 29th 2015 in Posts

20151029

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A bit late, but we’re off!

Posted on October 29th 2015 in Posts

20151028 Update 2

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So the packing has begun for our trip to Prudhoe Bay (proo-ho) tomorrow.  Mickey arrives at FIA @00:15.  We’re getting an early start tomorrow, and it’ll certainly be dark for the first few hours.  Items I’ve observed/helped Kenny pack:

10 gallons fuel (there is nothing past Coldfoot, which is 254miles in of 500)
5 gallons water
Shotgun and shells for bears
Tent
Wind blocking tarp
Satellite Phone
Full spare tire
Some emergency box, we hope to never open

In addition we each have a plastic bin, mine contains:
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
Change of clothes in case I get wet
Basic toiletries, including my Tattoo cream
Food for 48 hours
My JetBoil
My Camera’s (mounted in the Car)
Winter Jacket, Pants, Gloves

Sure, I have read what’s in the “MilePost 2015” about the Dalton Highway, but I still don’t know what to expect.  Have to admit I’ma tad nervous.

Special shout out to The Marlin for taking care of us this week; as well as Griff Rogers, for a Happy Birfday tomorrow (since I won’t be calling anyone for 2 days)

Apparently there is a “last spruce tree” at some point during the trip before the official tundra begins.  It’s supposedly commemorated with a plaque, but time and tourists have taken it’s toll, so photo pending I guess.

Kenny seems very excited about the whole thing, and R-E (his wife) is sad she hasn’t been to “The Slope” as they call it here, in quite a while.

Into the Tundra we go…….

Posted on October 29th 2015 in Posts

20151028 update 1

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Posted on October 28th 2015 in Posts

20151027

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Been a couple busy days in Alaska.  I’ve been around town, met some very nice people, and enjoyed dinner/drinks/convo’s with them all.  Stopped in at the:

Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center, and got to see the history/making of the pipeline, and the history of the native Athabaskans (spelling really depends on the time in which you refer to when people walked the Bering Strait)
Today was my tattoo, and I couldn’t be happier with it.  Took about an hour and 20 minutes, and I really can’t say it hurt at all.  More of a burning feeling than anything else  IMG_20151027_121600
Kenny and I got to geek out a little together and play with some virtualization stuff.  We’re prepping for the trip to Prudhoe Bay which we leave for Thursday morning.  Nice and early too…. The roads this time of year are quite shite and it’s not a fast (Sage style drive)!  There will be no jumping in the Arctic Ocean as it’s closed for guests due to temps.  I’m not terribly disappointed in this as, I’m a shivering Chihuahua these days already up here at times.  Kenny sent me out for dinner pickup this evening, while he picked up Axel from daycare.  He drew me a map and everything, but I gotta hand it to VW’s updated GPS maps.  *knock on wood* but I’ve gotten everywhere I need thus far.  I promise pics of the Woods’s and their spruce built home.  Evening quadcopters have become a nightly thing, and my Holy Stone seems to be the best crowd pleaser!  Cam, Mattais, and Kenny love it!
Posted on October 28th 2015 in Posts

Day 10 update 1

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Compiled some stats for fun…

Miles         Time
804.92     12:00:24
864.26     11:58:56
743.95      12:08:58
637.6        9:54:02
594.08     10:19:49
595.48      9:34:50

Posted on October 26th 2015 in Data, Posts

(data) 20151023

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day7-stats day7-chart

Posted on October 26th 2015 in Data

(video) 20151023

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Posted on October 26th 2015 in Media

20151025 Day 9

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Still in disbelief that I drove here, not sure if/when that will go away.  Today Kenny took me around town.  I got to see the Alaskan Pipeline, and learn about all it’s fun facts.  800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, completed in 2 years.  It’s actually free floating on the trusses, and if you check out the pictures you can see how much it shifts year to year from earthquakes.  I’m actually sitting in the Alaska State DGGS facility today, and finally uploading the video of the mountains as I finished up the Yukon, and into AK.  Additional pictures taken with the phone have been added to the Yukon and AK gallery…  A pretty cool mountain sheep sighting as well.

Had a wonderful dinner at a friends house last night.  Cedar planked, self caught, smoked salmon and oven roasted veggies.  Apparently yer allowed 40 Salmon per household a year.  Shout out to Marwan and his wife for the lovely meal!

Tomorrow is a big day, first INK getting done.  When I called the shop a few weeks ago, they were like “Just come in when you get into town”  I knew full well that artists are booked months in advance, but did what I was told.  I got lucky and someone that had scheduled a full day had cancelled, and appointment made!

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Posted on October 26th 2015 in Posts