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Old 05-04-2008, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, England
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I am cycling around the world. Starting 2009 I will cycle London to Beijing, then Prudhoe to Ushuaia, and then Cape Town to Cairo. I've got a lot of questions, so thanks for your help in advance.


My Plan is to cycle the alaskan bit in October November time. What kind of weather can I expect then?
My only experience of cold is -20oC in the scottish mountains. But I figure when I'm cycling it should be easy to keep warm with windproof clothing and thermals. Then when i stop i will use a down jacket and -40oC sleeping Bag.

What will the road conditions be like on the Dalton Highway?

Will there be any facilities open along the way?

How much traffic will be on the road, incase i got sick or injured?

How much much useable light can i expect?

I understand that this is going to be a very tough challenge. But I got my main sponsor with the idea of 3 really tough challenges for me and the bike.
The karakoram highway, The taklamakan desert and Alaska in winter.

Thanks for helping.
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Old 05-04-2008, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Palmer
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I suppose that since you are a very experienced biker you will have good studded tires, you will be on ice much of the time.

The road is narrow and is travelled mostly by trucks that time of year. You really should be ready to pull off of the road when a truck comes by, they won't be expecting you.

I hope you will be accompanied by support personell. There are long stretch that don't have anyone there even in the summer. Trucks will come along occasionally so you might be able to flag one down.

Your -40C bag may not be warm enough if this get close to the end of November.

When you cross the Brooks Range you truly are in no man's land. For example -45F with a 40 MPH wind is -91F wind chill. "but it's a dry cold" as they say :-)

I say go for it...but be prepared for absolute life and death survival conditions. I would recommend support personell.
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Old 05-04-2008, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
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I am cycling around the world. Starting 2009 I will cycle London to Beijing, then Prudhoe to Ushuaia, and then Cape Town to Cairo. I've got a lot of questions, so thanks for your help in advance.


My Plan is to cycle the alaskan bit in October November time. What kind of weather can I expect then?
My only experience of cold is -20oC in the scottish mountains. But I figure when I'm cycling it should be easy to keep warm with windproof clothing and thermals. Then when i stop i will use a down jacket and -40oC sleeping Bag.

What will the road conditions be like on the Dalton Highway?

Will there be any facilities open along the way?

How much traffic will be on the road, incase i got sick or injured?

How much much useable light can i expect?

I understand that this is going to be a very tough challenge. But I got my main sponsor with the idea of 3 really tough challenges for me and the bike.
The karakoram highway, The taklamakan desert and Alaska in winter.

Thanks for helping.
I sincerely mean no offense by my response, but if you go at this trip alone, make sure your living will is updated. Been through those parts a few times during the SUMMER, would not imagine it in the winter. I admire your spirit though. But on a bycycle? Good luck whatever you decide.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, England
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Thanks for the quick replies.
I may need to rethink this.
How cold does it get in October? If i could do 20 miles a day i should be able to finish before November. I've ridden on ice before and 20 miles in a day is alot. Especially a short day.
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Rural NY
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Thanks for the quick replies.
I may need to rethink this.
How cold does it get in October? If i could do 20 miles a day i should be able to finish before November. I've ridden on ice before and 20 miles in a day is alot. Especially a short day.
Here is a webpage about some people who bicycled the Dalton Highway.

Dalton Highway
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Old 05-05-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, England
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Thanks for the advice. I've decided to rearrange and start Alaska later in year. When would the best time to go be.
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Thanks for the quick replies.
I may need to rethink this.
How cold does it get in October? If i could do 20 miles a day i should be able to finish before November. I've ridden on ice before and 20 miles in a day is alot. Especially a short day.
Perhaps it may not be too cold on the Dalton in October taking into consideration how cold it gets during the winter months. The problem is that weather conditions are unpredictable. Some years it gets around 20-30 degrees F. at night by the second week of September at elevations of approximately 800 feet high. For example, I hunt moose not too far from a place called "Livingood," which is closer to the Dalton than where I hunt. Sometimes it snows quite a lot by 15 September, and the temperatures drop to around 20 degrees F. during the night. Perhaps the temperatures you can deal with, but heavy snow would be much difficult for bicycling.

Other than that, I see lots of Japanese and European bicyclists during the summer months. You may want to consider bicycling the Dalton not later than August. It will be rough because of the gravel or mud you will encounter, specially when being passed by trucks.
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