Day 86 - Making our way up the Alaska Highway

Trip Start May 01, 2013
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Trip End May 01, 2014


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 24 - Today we are on the move again.  This time 163 miles between campsites.  We are headed to Whitehorse - sort of an oasis city on the Highway - not much for miles in either direction.  It is still raining on and off.   We have a trip book that we follow each day along the route.  Even tho we are in a caravan of 24 RV's - we all leave when we want after the tail gunner hits our tires with a stick to see if he can tell if they are damaged.  After that, we leave at will.  Consequently, we all leave at different times and can stop along the way if we want, pull off when we want and so on.  Our coach is one of only two gas coaches and we don't have the same get up and go as the diesel or the larger coaches - so we prod along.  We are not always last mind you, but even with a half hour stop, the big guys are blowing past us - always with a friendly toot toot!! 
The biggest downgrade we have encountered is a 10% and that's usually on a curve, so we are at about 30-35 miles on those.  Going up hill is usually somethere in the 6-% range and again, we take it with as much gusto as it will go.  So far, we have had no dents, dings, broken windshields or mishaps at this point.  We did buy a "boot" for our car and that has helped to keep the rocks that fly up from the fast passing truckers from damaging the front of the car.

So today our first obstacle was a one-lane bridge about 7 miles from our campsite on the way up. Nick got through that with flying colors...only one vehicle on the road at a time!  Weight restrictions - of great - we were pretty high over that waterway!!! 

Today we pass by the Cassiar Mountains the Northern Beaver Trading Post (not much to look at) and we pass an area about 30 miles long where people have stopped to leave messages.

We didn't see any of the "advertised" animals but this time no one else did either!  The last three drives have been through the pine forests and with the fog and rain, we didn't see the mountain ranges that were around us, so not as exciting as they may have been had we had better weather.

Our next stop is Whitehorse and we will be there for three days.
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Claudia on

Sandy, you are so clever!!!!!

Pamela on

What beautiful landscapes. Don't be too excited about meeting up with a moose. They can be rather grizzly, those old buggers!! That campsite looks like it offers stunning views. How lovely for you. Be safe. Love, hugs and prayers for safety.

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