While an increasing amount of the James Dalton Highway are getting paved, there are large sections that remain gravel. It’s no big deal when traveling– although your vehicle gets pretty caked in mud when it rains–unless perhaps you are on a motorcycle. Many bikers consider it an adventurous destination, and the mud is met with a varying degrees of that adventurers attitude. I took this picture through the window of my car during a rain storm and when I passed the group, they all gave thumbs up, as though they were enjoying the experience. Bike and riders were caked in mud!