Panorama Borealis, by G. Donald Bain An Exhibition of Panoramic Photography, Palmela, Portugal, Summer 2011
|36||Rescued by Ron's Towing|
|56 Miles North of Fairbanks on the Elliott Highway, Alaska, USA|
|September 5, 2010|
|When I reached the end of the Dalton Highway I faced a decision. The Elliott Highway runs west through some interesting country to a hot spring resort - I was tempted. But it is unpaved in that direction and was still raining, so I headed back towards Fairbanks on the excellent paved highway.
Soon afterwards my van began to lose power and slow down. But there was no cell-phone reception, no road shoulder to pull off on, so I kept going, slower and slower. Then I spotted a gravel side road - I pulled off and the van stalled, dead.
I hiked up the gravel road a mile to Pump Station Number 7 on the Alaska Pipeline. They let me use their phone and I called the auto club. Luckily I have long-distance towing insurance. So I ended up traveling the last 56 miles (90 km) back to Fairbanks in a tow truck.
It could have been much worse, with almost 800 miles (1300 km) of lonely road behind me.
|Type: regular photograph|
|Printed dimensions: 20.0 cm wide, 15.0 cm high|
|Interactive version: none|
|Virtual Guidebooks locality page: The Elliott Highway|