The only people who normally make this trip are paid to do so. Paid alot. We met one trucker who gets $1,200 to haul a single axle truck with propane up. So a 18 wheeler? one can only guess... Of course, the scumbuckets are doing it for free, but we got nearly free tires so its cool.
We left Brad & Emily's in Anchorage after sufficient pizza nutrition and beer hydration. We drove past Denali again, this time in the sun! The sky got big as we passed The High One, and large friendly stratus clouds escorted us northward...
|Top Gun crazy eyes already?|
|Mt McKinley, maybe?|
We approached Fairbanks the storm clouds left, and the sun began to set. At 12:47 AM. June 26th 2010. Every sunset seems better than the previous. I can't say anything about the sunrise, because we were usually sleeping by the 3 AM sunrise. every day, riding a little longer into the morning and sleeping a little later into the afternoon. Nearly 24 hour sunlight has made schedules obsolete.
We spent the night (or morning, actually) in the University of Alaska - Fairbanks dorm rooms... easy to find, cheap, clean, showers, on a beautiful campus.
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