We returned to Fairbanks from Anchorage on the 20th day of our trip. Thanks to the great hospitality of Frank and Heather, we stayed at their home the next few days.
Driving north from Fairbanks on the Haul Road on Sunday, we turned around at the highest point south of the Brooks Range. From this point it would have been “only” 350 miles remaining to reach Prudoe Bay.
Monday was a day to explore Fairbanks on the bicycles. It’s hard to imagine a nicer small town in the summer. On the other hand, the middle of winter with no sunlight and temperatures remaining steady at 40 degrees below zero would not be my cup of tea.
On Tuesday, Dan’s granddaughter Kaylyn joined us on the Riverboat Discovery, a sternwheeler, along the Chena River. The River flows through Fairbanks before reaching the Tanana River in a few miles. It was very interesting and the weather cooperated with little rain.