Destination Deadhorse (Alaska): on a bicycle through the Dalton Highway

I survived the Dalton Highway

My current bike travel started last July 2nd from Fairbanks (Alaska). It's a solo journey with no external support from that point to Deadhorse, on the Alaskan Arctic coast.

This route goes along the Elliott Highway and the Dalton Highway, covering approximately 560 miles (about 900 kms) across one of the most inhospitable regions in the western hemisphere.

The road known as Elliott Highway goes north from Fairbanks and crosses Chatanika River towards Livengood, where the Dalton Highway begins. This road, unpaved in a significant portion, was designed to transport the materials and workers necessary to build the trans-Alaska pipeline, a major oil pipeline running South from the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska.

90 kms from Livengood the road crosses the great Yukon River, while 95 kms later it crosses the Arctic Circle. About 100 kms from there is Coldfoot, the last inhabited place before Deadhorse.

The most complicated part of the journey lies past Coldfoot: 385 kms across a totally uninhabitated land, with no place for supplies (food, water, nor gas). It is also the most complicated orographically, with the Atigun Pass (4800 ft, 1463 m) and slopes with gradients of between 15% and 20%.

You can follow the evolution of my journey reading my diary.