Jeff Oatley's Skagway to Nome 2017 Live Tracker

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  1. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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    Moe Mountain
    Jeff Oatley's Skagway to Nome 2017 Live Tracker
    If anyone's interested in this epic journey, check in once and a while and see how he's doing.

    http://trackleaders.com/oatleyquest17
     
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  2. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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    Moe Mountain
    Jeff Oatley is riding from Skagway to Nome.
    That is around 2000 miles, mostly on trails.

    The Bike

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    Last edited: Feb 1, 2017
  3. huffster

    huffster Well-Known Member

    That's a MAMMOTH ride. Holy cow!

    You kind of forget how big Alaska is. Its ~2900 miles to drive from NYC to San Francisco, but this route is 2000 miles. And oh, by the way, you apparently can't get from Skagway to Nome by road.
     
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  4. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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    And look at that elevation! almost 4000 ft!
     
  5. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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  6. ktmrider

    ktmrider Well-Known Member

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    Golden , Co
    He is the real deal , thx Pete for posting this . Like when people push the envelope and personal limitations . Is it a solo venture ?
     
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  7. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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    Moe Mountain
    Yes, it's solo. yikes!
     
  8. jimvreeland

    jimvreeland Shop: Hilltop Bicycles Shop Keep

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    Pissthataway
    You can hardly get anywhere in Alaska by road.
     
  9. ktmrider

    ktmrider Well-Known Member

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    Golden , Co
    That's the best part
     
  10. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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    Moe Mountain
    He is linking the Yukon Trail and ITI together for one giant ride.

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  11. qclabrat

    qclabrat Well-Known Member

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    Warren
    It would have been nice to see the weather, temps and winds on the tracker
    Good luck Jeff
     
  12. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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    He's 375 miles in! Go Jeff!

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    Their first guest arrives.
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    Last edited: Feb 6, 2017
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  13. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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    Moe Mountain
    I made it to the coolest city in the north country...Dawson City, Yukon. So far things have gone really well. Temps have been on the cool side...mornings generally in the mid -30's, days around -10, warmer at least two of the days. Trail has been great. Most days have been just hard enough, but not too hard. Until yesterday. Yesterday was cold. And it was too hard. I think probably my toughest day on a bike since the 2015 ITI. Rode from Scroggie Creek all the way in to Dawson. Quest says it's 100 miles. My GPS says 98. Either way it's a tough up-and-down piece of trail. When I got to Indian River, a reasonable place to break that run in two, it was still daylight and already cold. So I opted for a long day on the bike over a long night in a sleeping bag. Got in to Dawson about 1am. Pretty wasted this morning. I'm gonna layover. Hopefully have a beer with some Yukon Quest friends. Start rolling again tomorrow.

    I'm really enjoying riding alone and getting to actually see the YQ teams racing and getting to hang out with some of them in checkpoints. But I'm looking forward to Heather joining me in Eagle for the ride back to Fairbanks.

    What Dawson City looked like today
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  14. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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  15. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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    DAWSON CITY, Yukon — Dog teams aren’t alone in running the Yukon Quest trail this winter.

    The 1,000-mile trail between Whitehorse, in Canada’s Yukon, and Fairbanks gets packed down
    each year for the sled dog race and marked with wooded stakes topped with reflective tape.
    The existence of the long cross-country route attracts runners, bikers, skiers and snowmachiners
    in addition to Quest teams.
    Fairbanks cyclist Jeff Oatley biked the Yukon Quest trail from Fairbanks to Whitehorse last year and
    holds the record time for the Iditarod Trail Invitational, the 1,000-mile race that follows the course of the Iditarod.
    This year he’s trying to link the two trails for a 2,000-mile trip from Skagway to Whitehorse to Fairbanks to Nome.

    Oatley ended up exceeding his 60-mile goal on the day before he came to Dawson, riding 98 miles in one long day in
    order to arrive in Dawson and skip a night of camping at 30 below
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    There’s no annual distance sled dog race from Fairbanks to Nome, but Oatley has worked out an itinerary of local
    trails that will connect him with the Iditarod trail in the Lower Yukon River.
     
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  16. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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    Moe Mountain
    Looks like he picked up a riding partner today, that's gotta be a good thing, some company!


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    I wonder if he's going to quit for the day at 700 miles?
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  17. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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    Moe Mountain
    Good luck Heather Best and Jeff Oatley!
    Real winter conditions in Alaska's Interior this week during the Yukon Quest race.

    from Heather Best this morning:
    "Just what I was hoping to read before heading to Eagle and setting off down the Yukon with Jeff...
    NWS Special Weather Statement: "A cold airmass will bring much colder temperatures to the Interior
    for the weekend. Many locations will see low temperatures of 35 to 45 below on Saturday and Sunday.
    High temperatures on Saturday in many locations will not exceed 15 to 20 below.
    Fortunately, this cold snap appears to be short lived as a warming trend in temperatures is expected
    early next week. Please be prepared for the cold conditions if you have any outdoor activities planed this weekend."

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  18. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

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    Moe Mountain
    Not very much information coming through on this ride, but,
    According to his tracker, Jeff and Heather are almost to to the Chena Hotsprings winter trail. They should be in Fairbanks tomorrow evening,
    the next 90 ish miles are pretty fast. Perhaps he will hit the hot-springs tonight..
    Pretty epic - they did rosebud and eagle summit today, both big climbs, but Eagle summit is pretty steep!

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  19. jimvreeland

    jimvreeland Shop: Hilltop Bicycles Shop Keep

    Location:
    Pissthataway
    I wonder if they're gonna camp out at home for a couple days once they hit Fairbanks.
     
  20. Kaleidopete

    Kaleidopete Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Moe Mountain
    I wonder.........
    Arriving in Fairbanks.

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    Not moving for the last 15 hours.
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    Last edited: Feb 17, 2017
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