Leaving Deadhorse after lunch...
Some of the wildlife seen while I was heading south.
Arctic Ground Squirrels:
And the Infamous Gray Fox:
Actually, I'm more excited about this photo than most that I have taken.
When I first began to dream of this trip, I imagined a photo that I seriuously wanted to capture.
And this was it.
Not because of the bike, or the mud.
I can't explain why, exactly, I just desperately wanted a shot of me and the bike, facing directly into the sunshine.
And that's when this was taken. :-)
3 miles north of the Arctic Circle (where I was going to set up camp), I waited on the moment to arrive.
One click, and I captured the essence of this entire adventure.
And a single image that I have dreamed about for over a year.
Another reason I'm excited about it is that I wanted to take the shot in Deadhorse, but it was cloudy and foggy when I was there.
I realized I wouldn't get the photo I wanted, and tried to forget it as I headed south.
I thought that since I was a good 3 weeks ahead of the summer solstice, I would need to be a hundred miles north of the circle to actually witness a "midnight sun".
Then, as midnight approached, I began to notice my shadow on the road in front of me and I realized that there was still a possibility.
A dream recaptured and realized. :-)
Life is good.
Here's a shot of what was behind the camera in the above photo:
It's a bit washed out and looks like the sun is touching the horizon, but there was about 2 sun-diameters of space below the sun at midnight.
Then I continued on the Arctic Circle Wayside and set up camp where I had camped on the way north.
This shows the sun peeking through the trees, and it's 12:45 am.
I slept until nearly 6:30 - the first time since I got to the west coast.
I found that the Hot Spot, where I had a great burger on the way north, does not offer breakfast, so I continued south and got a delicious breakfast and fuel at the Yukon River camp.
That's where I met a wonderful couple from Australia who came to Fairbanks and rented a BMW 1200GS and were on their way to Deadhorse.