Drive To Alaska - Stop #2

Trip Start Nov 21, 2010
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Trip End Nov 01, 2014


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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day two was not quite so long or winding of a road, making for a much easier drive. The roads where we've been driving are snow-packed. They don't salt the roads because it's generally too cold for the salt to melt the snow. Plus, you don't want slippery slush on roads like these. The snow has great traction when simply plowed and left to compact. They sand the turns for a little extra traction, but the locals still FLY down the road. We've maybe been able to average 55mph, which is still VERY fast, but the locals will pass you in an instant. It doesn't look safe, but it is.

Anyway, people have started to wonder where we are. We're in Canada with only really expensive cell service (or mostly NO cell service, which is strange but expected), mostly staying in hotels and road-side inns / cabins where there is NOT internet, let alone free wireless. We have no idea what our phone bills will be for our Christmas-day phone calls from Quesnel, but it's worth it.

So, I've included some pictures of the road and the driver. AAA lists about 75% of our drive from Vancouver to Anchorage as a 'scenic route', which is great. It's pretty much looked the same for the past three days, however. On our first day of driving we drove from Vancouver through the Canadian Rockies (through a winding, snowy, slippery pass) up to Quesnel. On our second day we basically drove straight north, skirting along the east side of the Canadian Rockies...

So, we've had to plan our trip on the available gas and lodging. We've been living by this AAA map that shows gas, food and lodging, if you're lucky enough that it exists. Our rule is that we fill the gas tank if we are at 1/2 or less. But, we've found that most of the places are closed for the winter and are only there to bother with summer tourists. We actually had someone say to us yesterday, "So, you're headed to Anchorage or Fairbanks?" (That's where the major military installations are in Alaska.) Keep in mind that Doug has a month-old beard (most of you have seen it, it's rather impressive) and his hair is getting very long, so it's not obvious he's in the military. So when we told her that we were headed to Anchorage, she goes, "Yah, the only people that ever head north this time of year are in the military." IE: 'Good luck, outsiders. Hope you know how to drive in the snow!'
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