My goal this summer was to ride solo from the Mexican border all the way to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Traveling over 7,000 miles through California, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territories, and Alaska and visiting all of the national parks along the way, I had wonderful adventures and experiences. Five weeks of riding was building to the climax of the most thrilling, exciting, horrific, and frightening portion of the ride – the ride to Prudhoe Bay. I am extremely happy to be here writing this and not crumpled with a wrecked bike on the side of the road and then being eaten by a bear. Maybe it was a crazy idea to ride to Prudhoe Bay by myself across the tundra, but it was a right of passage as a bike rider. The excitement is being on a road in the middle of nowhere when you haven’t seen another vehicle in an hour or so – and you continue onward. That was the wonderful side of the ride to Prudhoe Bay. The horrific side was the condition of the road and the endless miles of loose gravel. I had new studded tires on the bike that work great on offload situation, but nothing works on 1/2” to 1” gravel. It’s like trying to ride on marbles for hundreds of miles. I almost went down so many times. I had to slow down and it took forever to complete the trip. The last thirty miles into Prudhoe Bay was on 2 – 3 inches of freshly laid un-compacted gravel. I was so glad to be alive and not hurt from that ride. I passed bikes like mine in crumpled piles in the ditch. I wasn’t going to be one of them – and I WASN’T!!!
My goal was to ride to Prudhoe Bay. I never said I was going to ride out. The next morning I shipped the bike to Anchorage via a trucking company and took the afternoon flight back – glad to be in one piece.
10 Most Dangerous Roads in the World
- Pan American Highway (South America)
- Sichaun-Tibet Highway (China)
- James Dalton Highway (Alaska)
- Siberian Road to Yakutsk (Russia)
- Guoliang Tunnel Road (China)
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- North Yungas Road (Bolivia)
- Fairy Meadows Road (Pakistan)
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