Quick post to let you know I’ve made it to Prudhoe; having gone as far north as possible above the Arctic Circle and I’m now ready to start cycling south. This will be the only spot with reception for the next 10 days, so last update for a while.
Wednesday was spent at hilltop truckers cafe talking to every trucker that walked in, in an effort to get a lift. In the end it took 17 hours before I finally got the lift I needed and left at 1.30am for a very interesting truck journey. The boys at Carlile kindly sorted me out: thanks to Terry (excellent driver carrying nearly 10,000 gallons of fuel; I have every confidence in his driving abilities on an exceptionally technical and challenging road to travel), Lane (manager who took the time to coordinate the lift even though it was exceptionally busy), Robert (another driver, for the initial introduction) and Dan. Thank you so much, it was an exceptional experience and certainly have an extremely favourable view of Carlile and appreciate better the strains these people have to operate under. I will be sure to watch Ice Road Truckers – the show is mostly centred around the road I just travelled and their employees.
Truck I rode in for 500 miles / 15 hours north (top driver really took good care of me during the trip thank you!)
My bike strapped to the truck and tightly wrapped in a tarpaulin to protect it from the excessive mud from the gravel track
Scenery was incredible and I’m looking forward to cycling it – coming down the Atigun Pass, the highest point on the road.
Seeing what I’m going to be riding has been very exciting and it looks very challenging.