« on: July 14, 2011, 10:54:34 pm »
My son and I just finished a great 2 week tour in Alaska. We traveled by air to Dead Horse \Prudhoe Bay and then road our bikes 500 miles to Fairbanks. We then rented a pickup in Fairbanks and drove to Denali Natinal Park and then rode the park road to Wonder Lake and then back out to Headquarters (180 miles). These routes have been written up many times previously, but they combined to make a great 2 week vacation tour. Bicycling 700 miles on mainly gravel roads. Many many highlights - incredible scenery in crossing the Brooks Range and throughout Denali Natl. Park; good weather (a lot more sunshine than rain); lots of wildlife viewing (grizzlies, caribou, musk oxen and Dall sheep); relatively few mosquitoes (wore our mosquito headnets for less than 2 hours the whole trip), and the truckers along the haul road were extremely courteous (slowing down and giving us lots of room). Additional highlights: only 2 ways to travel along the Denali Park Road - on concessionaire buses or by bicycle. Services are few, you must be self contained and ready to make any needed bicycle repairs, the grades on the haul road are quite steep (I pushed by bike up many of the steepest gradients). and camping in in mainly undeveloped sites. We only met 4 other cyclists on the Haul Road and 6 touring cyclists in Denali. This was my first bicycle tour; I was concerned that we might be in over our heads but it was a great experience. Just want to throw it out there for other cyclists to contemplate. Google Dalton Highway or Denali National Park for more info.