Crazy -- 42 degrees between Soldotna and Homer? We were there in early July, went to Homer, and it must have been in the low 60s. We saw 90 degrees in Fairbanks. A bit of rain in AK, but not much at all. Our coldest temps were in northern BC, 42 degrees near Toad River. Alaska was cake by comparison. Well, okay, the highway between Anchorage and Glennallen was pretty cold and wet.
Edit: Just read some more. Total bummer about the weather you're seeing. You're right about *most* of the mud on the Dalton -- no big deal. Hell, we found ourselves doing 80mph in the mud, in a lightning and thunderstorm. Also 80mph on pavement. And gravel. Didn't see any frost heaves really. The slippery stuff, though, it's REAL slippery. As in, 40mph, riding-on-ice slippery.
We lucked out, I guess, wet ground mostly between Fairbanks and Coldfoot, but very little actual rain. Did 11:45am from Fairbanks, 4:30pm at coldfoot, pushed on to Prudhoe Bay, arriving after 11pm. turned around, left prudhoe at 11:30am, made it back to Coldfoot in time for dinner again, 4:45pm, fairbanks at 11pm, went to the liquor store and loaded up for a party... which meant a drink before passing out for 10 hours.
Have a great time. Every time I get on my bike, I remember being up in Alaska. Maybe that's because I haven't washed it, and i returned 4 weeks ago. Geez I'm lazy.
Could be. We were doing 80mph on mud in a thunder and lightning storm. You're right, the 'mud' when it's just wet dirt, is not bad at all. The slime is NASTY. 35mph, steering twitching every which way, both tires sliding, I did not have a second of confidence on that stuff, that I wouldn't be on the ground in half a second. I still don't know if it was luck or skill.I think where it's been raining so much it's washed off the "slime" they talk about on Dalton. Everybody kept talking about it but I never saw anything like that and the mud was mostly as comfy as the pavement.
Nope, didn't hit Hatcher pass. The Dalton was almost entirely good, but the parts that were bad scared me to hell. We did the top of the world highway and it was beautiful and sunny and dry, which, it sounds like, is a VERY rare event.I'm like you. I think the bad road condition is greatly exaggerated. It had it's moments but it wasn't as bad as I expected. Did you guys ride over hatcher's pass. That road is all to pieces. I have a love/hate relationship with that road.
Good luck getting home! I did the pressure washer back in Fairbanks, yeah.Anyway.. the washing part. I hadn't planned on washign mine but the mud was throwing the wheels out of balance so I took a pressure washer to them. The windshield got cleaned a few days later and headlights.. I was bummed when I saw the smiley face I drew in the Dalton mud was gone off the back fender a few days ago.
At any rate, the site is all up to date and I'm leaving AK tomorrow to get back to Virginia. Will try to update when I have a wifi.