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Journey to Alaska: Day whatever…

I quit counting the days. There’s such a gap between when wifi is available on this trip, that I just decided to contribute to the blog whenever I can. As I type this, we’re spending a couple of days in Fairbanks, AK. We’re a day ahead of schedule and tried to add another day in Denali, but reservations aren’t available for the extra day. Our reservations are for August 1 – 3.

If you’ve read anything about the AlCan highway you’ve undoubtedly read the...

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Journey to Alaska: From Fairbanks – Some travel tips

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post on the blog but as Greg noted connectivity has been difficult and the drive up is long and requires attention.   Tom English and I talked about the drive this morning and agreed that this drive is extremely long, grueling, mentally tiring and for anyone considering driving from the Midwest up across the provinces and to the start of the Al-Can highway, we drove over 2300 miles (from Michigan) just to get up to the starting...

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Journey to Alaska: The morning after the day before.

Morning came early. Too early! I awoke at 5:00 and no one was up yet, so I took a shower and came back to the LG and put some coffee on. Slowly, everyone started to wake up and start packing up. We hit the road around 7:30. Another long day on the open road. I was telling John that driving the AlCan is like living the movie, Groundhog Day. Everything is starting to look familiar and the road seems to never end. That being said, I don’t want to minimize the beauty and splendor...

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Journey to Alaska: Day 5

It’s easy to forget what day of the week it is. Even if I could remember, it just doesn’t matter up here in the middle of nowhere. John and I left Whisker Point Provincial Point and hit the road toward Dawson Creek, the beginning of the Alaska Highway; Milepost “0”. It was beautiful drive from McLeod Lake to Dawson Creek. We stopped in Chetwynd and were amazed at the intricate chainsaw carvings displayed throughout the village. I stopped and took a picture of a giant...

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Journey to Alaska: Day 4

It’s easy to forget what day of the week it is. Even if I could remember, it just doesn’t matter up here in the middle of nowhere. John and I left Whisker Point Provincial Point and hit the road toward Dawson Creek, the beginning of the Alaska Highway; Milepost “0”. It was beautiful drive from McLeod Lake to Dawson Creek. We stopped in Chetwynd and were amazed at the intricate chainsaw carvings displayed throughout the village. I stopped and took a picture of a giant...

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Journey to Alaska: Day 3

Today was another good day. We woke up around 6:00 at Cache Creek, BC and decided to hit the road around 7:30 AM. On our way into town we decided to gas up. This seems to be a recurring thing on the way to Alaska. Even though we haven’t started out on the Alaska Highway (AlCan) yet, we make sure the gas tank doesn’t go below the half-way mark. I guess we’re getting in practice for, not only the AlCan, but also the Cassiar Hwy. on my way back to the lower 48.

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Journey to Alaska: From Dawson Creek

Tom and I arrived in Dawson Creek, British Columbia this morning after spending the night at Walmart in Grand Prairie, Alberta.  Not by choice, but because the area is a camping mecca and the local campgrounds were booked solid.  The 2300 mile trip up from Michigan has been grueling, but the payoff will be very rewarding and is the culmination for me of a life long dream of traveling up the AL-CAN highway to Alaska.  Words cannot describe the feeling one haves arriving at...

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Journey to Alaska: Day 2

We got up at 5:00 AM and were ready to hit the road at 6:00. We (John and I) double checked everything and hit the road.  We knew that it was going to be a long day and we wanted to start out early in order to miss the Portland and Seattle traffic on our way north.  It worked out just fine. There were some delays around Seattle, but nothing like we had experienced in the past when we visited the...

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Journey to Alaska: My first day on the road.

I left home about 7:00 this morning and had a rather uneventful drive to Portland, OR to pick up my friend John. Since our wives had no interest in driving to Alaska, we both decided that we would do it together. At least, partway.  John will be flying back to Portland out of Anchorage in about 2 weeks, as I continue my journey with Mike and Tom.

When I arrived at John’s house, I wanted to make sure that my battery was charged while driving here, so I insert my...

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Journey to Alaska: Reporting in from Saskatchewan

Tom and I pulled into Regina this morning and are on our 5th day on the road. We are roughly 1425 miles into our trip after having spent nights in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Minnesota, and Saskatchewan where we spent the night at Fieldstone RV Park.

I think the biggest hurdle thus far was clearing customs at the border above Grand Forks, ND on Interstate 29.  Tom English was asked to pull beyond the entry booth and it was my turn.  After answering many questions...

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