Can We Drive to the Arctic Circle?

June 2: Today we have a day off in Whitehorse and June 6th we  have another day off in Fairbanks. There are too many days off and idleness is the devil’s workshop. The Arctic Circle is only 400 miles round trip north at that point. A few of us want to drive there; an open 1916 Lancia, a 1970 NSU RO-80 (Wankle engine), a 1967 Mustang, and , of course, our 1967 VW Bug; “good well-seasoned automobiles”.

1916 Lancia

When word gets around, others may join us. We have to check on the availability of fuel and maybe persuade the organization’s repair van to go with us, because none of us have satellite phones. It will probably be cold; it already is. I think my 5W-50 synthetic engine oil will be fine. At least darkness won’t be a problem, June 20th will be the last day the sun sets in the Arctic.

I have a new level of energy today. Ed

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to Can We Drive to the Arctic Circle?

  1. TBC says:

    And did you visit the triple-decker loo? Or Mile Canyon at the beginning of the great Yukon River?

    You could drive to Manley Hot Springs and bathe in the naturally heated pools.

    Or, you can go to the museum at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. They have a fabulous display of the Borealis and what it is all about, and their display on native art and culture is magnificent. There is another surprise there, too!

    The airport is great. Part of it is devoted to all the smaller planes that fly into the interior and north of the Circle.

    Hugs to you both,


  2. Go for it!
    Fully synthetic 5W-50 is great!
    Air-cooled regards from Herbie’s World Tour!

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