09-Sep-2000 -- The trip
to this point was a bit long but surprisingly easy.
I needed to deliver some supplies for a project near Delta
Jct. My dad wanted to watch the Palmer at North Pole High
School football game near Fairbanks. We left from Palmer at
1pm on Friday and traveled east on the Glenn Hwy (AK #1),
turning north at Glennallen onto the Richardson Hwy (AK #4).
After dinner in Delta Jct. we headed southeast on the ALCAN
(AK #2) for 30 miles and turned north on the gravel New
Cummings Rd. At about the 7 mile mark we turned off onto an
other gravel road for 3 miles which deterioted to a dirt two
-track path that led us the last mile to the Tanana River
landing point. We stayed the night in the truck and met our
party at 9am saturday, by 10 we were off in search of N64
W145. The New Cummings Road is one of the many roads near
Delta that was put in by the state in the early 80's in an
effort to jump-start farming in the state, specifically this
area grows a lot of barley. This road is reasonably
maintained with a few farms still making a go of it. Just
as we were nearing the point where we must decide whether to
continue on the road around the next bend or park and walk,
we came to a road running due east that brought us to within
0.2 miles of the point. The point appeared to be between
an active barley field and one cleared years ago but now
left for the brush to reclaim. We parked off the road and
started walking north on the edge of the active field.
The point turned out to be on the other side of stump row
between the two fields, so we had to climb over the downed
trees to reach the point. Due to the brush, views from the
point were not very good. We continued on to Fairbanks and
caught the last 3 quarters of the game, won easily by Palmer.
After the game we said hi to my brother (Palmer's head
coach) and headed back to Anchorage on the Parks Hwy
(AK #3). We got back to Palmer at about midnight on Saturday
We had traveled approximately 800 miles.