At a pullout around Mile 47, these mountains could be seen on the far horizon.
A bend in the Yukon just downstream from the bridge.
Near Mile 59 this stream is slowly losing the ice along its banks. It is obvious from this view that the ice was very thick earlier in the year.
The Coldfoot airstrip as seen from a rise just a couple of miles south around Mile 172.2.
5/13/08 8:05AM - The ice in this stream (a branch of Gold Creek, at about Mile 196.5) had apparently been pushed up into a dome at one time, then undercut by spring meltoff to leave a dome of ice, some 18" to 24" thick.
This old log cabin sits along Gold Creek at MP197, on the west side of the road.
MP197 - Gold Creek carries the meltwater from these hills to the east of the highway.
An evening shot of the Atigun valley, with the road ascending toward the summit of the pass apparent at the bottom of the mountain in the lower center of the photo.
5/13/08 Mile 105.7 - Meltwater swells the Kanuti River as it passes under the Haul Road bridge. This is a good fishing stream in the summer, with burbot, whitefish, northern pike, and grayling all available at one time or another.
5/13/08 Mile 105.7 - On the southeast side of the Kanuti River bridge, this pile of snow illustrates the effectiveness of the snow fence seen here.
In the Bettles River valley, looking southeast into the valley that provides one of the streams that form headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Koyukuk River. The mountain on the right is Sukukpak, the one on the left I call Sukukpak's Sister (because I have no idea what its actual name might be.)
A lonely road? Not any more. Here, a muddy tour bus continues north toward Deadhorse with a load of visitors, who will return home far more knowledgeable regarding the oilfields surrounding Prudhoe Bay.
Clouds dumping rain in a valley far to the east of the Dalton Hwy. The sunshine under which I am riding is much better!
With the bike pointed due south according to the GPS, at 1:00 AM Daylight Time, my shadow stretches out a long way with the sun low in the northern sky.
With huge forest fires having swept through much of the area in the recent past, fireweed is now abundant as it moves in to recover the ground. The hills were covered with the pinkish-blossomed plants, and in every direction the hills looked like this.
Fireweed blossoms, closeup.
7/5/08 2:44 AM - At about Mile 303 on the north side of the Brooks Range mountains - the early morning sun being low on the horizon, gives the coloration of a sunrise (although the sun hasn't set for weeks) to the distant hills.
7/4/08 11:00 PM - A telephoto shot across the Sag River at the bluffs on the far side. The sun at this hour is almost directly north, and low enough on the horizon to give good definition to the erosion on the bluffs.
7/5/08 2:45 AM - At around Mile 303 on the north side of the Brooks Range, the early morning sun provides nice illumination across the tundra and low foothills.
July 4, 2009 - For some reason the color of the fireweed this year seems to be even more vibrant. It was first noticed around Mile 29, and again here around Mile 82 it has the same quality. It is impossible for a camera to capture it the way it appears to the human eye, with hundreds of acres covered with plants bearing the brilliant blossoms.
A rider can't travel this far without getting a photo of his/her bike in front of the Arctic Circle sign. This is the second time for the Gold Wing. The first was when there was snow on the ground, and snow and ice on the road from the Yukon river north.
The Jim River valley from Gobbler's Knob, with Pump Station 5 and the DOT Jim River camp in the distance.