Time to head home - Fairbanks to Tok

Trip Start May 25, 2008
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Trip End Aug 03, 2008


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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Today is official the day we head home. Now for most trips, this would mean a one or two day drive. But for this small trip, it's a 2 and a half week drive back. Since the drive to Tok today is not that far, we took our time getting up and ready. Chena Marina is such a great park that we did not want to leave. The people who run the park are great too as we got to talk with them off and on about everything. I did get the buy the Ulu Knife I was looking at over these past few days. It is made from caribou bone and was only a few bucks more than the mass produced ones. Before taking off, we used the free RV wash. Of course, we had to wait for 15 min. while the other people were finishing up and taking their time. One big problem with this is that there is no drainage, so after these people, it was one huge muddy puddle that you have to slosh through as you wash your rig. The water power was just like a regular hose. Now we washed the truck last night so all we had was the RV. And going around Alaska it did not get too dirty, unlike the Alaska Highway of which we are going on today. But it was free so why not. This took us around 30 min. to get done and then we were off for home. Anytime we are back in Fairbanks, we will stay at the Chena Marina for a few more days. Yes, even after a 72 day trip, we could really stay longer everywhere we went. By the time I retire in 18 years, I'll have no problem finding something to do or somewhere to go. The drive was around 200 miles and the road was pretty good. We stopped halfway at a town called Delta Junction which is the official end - or beginning - of the Alaska Highway. SO just like in Dawson Creek, B.C. way back over a month ago, we had to get the mandatory picture in front of it. Also here were so large sized mosquitoes - artistic ones I may add - a small farmers market, and a museum of a roadhouse with some Alaska Highway construction vehicles around the lawn. Just a little ways outside the town was a meat processor that sold all kinds of meats so we had to check that out and get some free samples. Anytime a business is willing to give free samples, I'm more willing to buy. So we bought some pepper sausage sticks, Bison sticks, & a summer sausage with jalapeņo & olives. Good stuff. The day was just partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid 70's which is hot for Alaska and some of the warmest weather we have had all trip. Next stop was the gas station in Tok where Diesel is now $5.36. Again, this will be the cheapest we'll see until North Dakota in a few weeks. The good news about the station was there free RV wash - yes, we washed twice today. But hey, it free!!!! However, we had to wait on some people for a long time. Since we did a soap wash this morning, we just washed the dirt off this time, but the water pressure was great. Next, it was back to the first Alaska Campground we stayed at over a month ago - the Sourdough. Still one of the best on the entire trip - every site has trees and it feels as if you are in the woods. Right after we set up, Pooh relaxed at the RV and I went to town to check out some stores to get last chance Alaska stuff. Back at camp, Pooh and I went to the little concert put on by a honky-tonk band from Tok. I also ordered their reindeer chili in a sourdough bread bowl with a piece of Blueberry Pie. Good food and good entertainment. At the pancake toss, Pooh put one in and won a free breakfast! Go Pooh. I did not make it this time, nor did I get it last time. After all this fun, we came back to walk the dogs and relax before our hard trip tomorrow.
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