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THE LAST LEG 27101 KM / DAY 352 / MARCH 2, 2012 - 01:53 / COLDFOOT, ALASKA
The very last stretch of my trip, from Anchorage to Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay) in Alaska, is 1375 km long. The official, linear count was that I would travel 28,000 km. In reality however, it must be around 40,000, since I traveled around in all the countries I visited.
This stretch I travel by truck. Tony, an ice road trucker from the Carlile transportation company in Anchorage, is willing to take me. The trip can be done in one very long day, but Tony offers to take it easy and travel as much as possible by daylight. From Anchorage to Fairbanks is easy, a well paved highway, but shortly after Fairbanks the so-called ice road starts. It`s a gravel road on which water is poured in the winter, so that it becomes ice. This makes the road more even and prevents dust and stones from flying around.
We spend the night in Coldfoot, just north of the Arctic circle. It's basically a truck stop with some houses and a very basic hotel, and by far my most expensive room on this trip. The scenery is gorgeous and becomes even better the next day when we travel through the Brooks Range and pass the tree line. The last stretch is flat and white as far as the North Pole. Only the Alaska pipeline is a visible black line in the landscape. At the horizon, smoke is rising up into the sky: the workstations of the oil companies around Deadhorse. We are approaching the end of the road and the end of my road.
DAY 363 FINAL DESTINATION