Rovering to Deadhorse

Day 2 / Leg 1

10 September 2010

I’m leaning against the Rover across from Happy Valley along the Dalton Hwy.  It’s a nice site here on the tundra, with a creek flowing nearby.  But the sound of heavy machinery easily travels over the hills.  I’m hoping that it will shut down on a Friday night, but that may not happen.  Peter has already decided to set up his tent down by the creek in an attempt to have the running water drive out the sound of diesel engines.  I’ll just stick it out by the Rig.

We did hit a couple of snags en route:  A u-bolt holding one of the new, front parabolic springs was either   not installed, or not installed correctly.  The driver’s side spring had only one when we looked the truck over at the Yukon River, which twisted the spring and torqued the shock mount.

We did not get much help in Coldfoot yesterday, but after camping at Marion last night, we went back and Brian in the tire shop gave us a piece of all-thread which we bent around the axle & attached to the plate stabilizing the mount.  It has held up fine up to this point, although the road was in great shape up to Atigun Pass.

We also noticed a leak at the river.  The transmission was 1/3 qt low.  It was low the same amount at Coldfoot.  I bought 3 qts of gear lube at Coldfoot, but the fluid level has not dropped since.

Otherwise, the Rover has run and handled beautifully.

The weather has also been perfect.  Temps must be near 60 degs, the skies are perfectly clear and it is past 7pm.  The tundra makes for beautiful country.  We have seen moose, caribou and dall sheep.  There was a very nice bull caribou just a couple of miles back.

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Just a basic, down to Earth, laid back type of guy here, who loves the outdoors, the indoors, jazz on the turntable, a fire in the woodstove, the northern lights blazing across the sky, and the company of good friends. View all posts by icefogger

3 responses to “Rovering to Deadhorse

  • Rosh

    I’ve finally had a chance to check out your site and it looks pretty awesome. I wanted to go to the beginning of your original plan to follow your journey. I’m from B.C., so it’s interesting to see how you’ve traveled through areas I know of. I’d love to visit Alaska. Great writing!

    • icefogger

      Thanks for stopping by the site, and thanks for the compliment. There’s a bit of a crash & burn coming, but the second attempt is in the works. Still, all told, this first trip covered 16,000 miles, 15 U.S. states, 15 Mexican states, 2 Canadian Provinces and a territory.

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