Was a long long long day of hard riding, pounding wash boards and loose gravel. Got a lot of great photos too, but let's start with the best shot of the day......
WE DID IT!!!!!!! Da'mit and I arrive in Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay Alaska on June 14th, 2013 at 1:30 pm. Twenty-three days after leaving Key West,Florida. This is not an official certified completed Iron Butt ride until the paperwork and receipts have been submitted and certified. No other Ural has completed the Ultimate Coast to Coast Challenge according to the most recent IBA records.
Now to rest a day or two then start working my way back home. Not sure of the route yet, but that will evolve.
Here are the photos of today's ride......enjoy
The start of Atigan Pass in the background, going up to 4799 feet, not high by most standards but we are far north of the Arctic Circle. One has to cross the Brooks Range in order to reach the tundra.
Da'mit is loving the road, eating up the miles and miles of bone-jarring washboard, stones, dirt, dust and cold in the Pass. The temperature today warmed up, in the 70's. Dry, not a drop of water. gentle wind from the north all day. Could a street bike have made the ride today, yes if they can ride loose gravel, but the miles and miles of washboards would beat any machine mercilessly.
The two extra gallons of gas I added for insurance in Fairbanks were not needed after all.
The arctic fox has lost his winter white coat already.
Two of the more than 74 caribou seen this day.
Some have said that the Ural is fine about-town rig, but not a serious long distance ride. Da'mit's and my little adventure puts that myth to rest. Da'mit has been trouble free from start to finish. She has more than proved herself to be a reliable trouble-free machine capable of eating up the miles. The issues I had were with after-market items or operator error.
Those who thought that the machine design, the technology or the rider were too old to accomplish this challenge..... well, we proved them all wrong.
Those who say it cannot be done should not stand in the way of those doing it.
Hope you enjoyed following along on this ride. Will post more of the return ride as it develops.