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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
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Road trip: Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska

The wife and I took a road trip this weekend, from Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska. This is a 360 mile trip, which in the lower 48 could have been done in 4 to 5 hours, but here in Alaska the main road between the two largest cities, or rather the only city (Anchorage) and the largest town (Fairbanks), is a two lane road, with pavement of variable quality, with bumps, animals on both sides and whatever else nature might want to throw at you. We were fortunate to have good weather all the way down to Anchorage and back; the worst we had was some quartering wind that made steering squirely on curves, but besides that it was nice. Our speed varied between 50 to 70 mph, at times we found ourselves going 75 mph. The whole 360 mile trip took us 6-1/2 hours, including two stops for food, some bathroom stops and one stop for refuel (I brought my own fuel, hah!). Unfortunately by the time we made it to Anchorage it was already dark, as sunset is before 4:30 pm right now, and since we forgot our tripod (doh!) I got no night pictures. Enjoy the ones below!

Good weather in Alaska means temperatures above 0 degrees!


The Arctic Road Warrior ready for the trip, with extra tire and fuel on the basket!


Leaving Fairbanks, almost noon and it never got much brighter than this!


The Nenana bridge


Boats frozen to the ground on the Tanana River, in the town of Nenana


First bathroom stop in the woods, the wife wanted to get away from the road for privacy and we got into 6" deep snow


The bears are supposed to be hibernating, but I found this footprint that was bigger than my hand...


Alaska jaywalking!


More of Alaska's wildlife


Chasing mountains all day long


Another bathroom break, this time for me, so I just stopped on the side of the road


Coming back from Anchorage. And, no, we did not stop in Wasilla to say hi to Sarah Palin.


The Foz and I near a snowmachine trail


A green river runs through it


Frozen river, but I dared not walk on it... yet


Another stop...


Overlooking a long bridge over the Chena river


Sunset at 4:15 pm!


More sunset


One last pose...
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Thanks, I really like the Mountain scenery, it reminds me of driving through western VA and Tennessee. More pictures, please.

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Great images, thanks for posting!!!

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simply beautiful scenery! great pics!
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I have a friend who lived in Alaska and I never understood how he could love it so much. After seeing your pics I understand why he does. What spectacular views. I think I need to make a trip there some day. Thanks for posting the pics..

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I have a friend who lived in Alaska and I never understood how he could love it so much. After seeing your pics I understand why he does. What spectacular views. I think I need to make a trip there some day. Thanks for posting the pics..
Alaska is adictive, and the cold, well, you get used to it. It was 35 degrees down in Anchorage and I was walking around in a t-shirt...
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We made the reverse trip, back in February when the Int'l Ice Carving Championships were being held in Fairbanks...similar to colder temps, worse road and weather conditions...some of the canyon sections just north of Denali were doubly treacherous...roads were iced over and polished with wind-drifted snow, and the winds would pick up every so often and make curves and even straightaways a little dicey!
And yeah, a beautiful drive any time of the year.
I'll attach a few images captured on road between Anchorage and Seward last January (5 below zero, at Turnagain Pass), of my two loves (the Forester and my wifey) on our annual snowshoe expedition.
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Thanks for sharing - hope you have more some time.

Landscape is so different from Australia. It reminds me a bit of a week in January that I spent in northern Scotland many years ago.

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Great pics!Did you do any donuts in the deep snow?


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