Alone, once again!

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Leavenworth Thousand Trails Park

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

And so it ends, just as it started. A clear, bright day of sunshine.
 
Our travels as the "Sair-A-Van" began on  May 12th in Corning, California when we were met by our friends Jack and Debby Stewart, Larry and Sue Anderson & Doug and Vicki Bell. One week later we would find Henk and Betsy Zoon in northern Washington.

Our adventure to British Columbia,  Alberta and the Yukon Territory in Canada along with  Alaska has ended after 101 days, yes, that's 101 days. I cannot impart all the details here. We hope you have been following along. We would eventually change time zones eight different times. From our departure in the lower 48 states in eastern Washington until our return in western Washington, we passed through 12 border crossings. Most were a pleasant affair. We had sunshine, clouds, fog and snow. We experienced temperatures in the 30's to the 70's.  And unlimited amounts of daylight.  Teaching the body that it is OK to sleep when the sun is out takes a little practice!

We drove one of the worst roadways in all our motorhoming experiences, Haines Junction YT to Tok Alaska. We managed to get to the end with all our teeth intact. The list of broken items amongst the five coaches is almost endless. Two new tires, one refrigerator cooling unit, one truck antennae, multiple tow bar repairs, numerous window chips & dings along with one hundred other little things.

From mountains that take your breath away, rivers that run wild, glaciers that make you speechless and the thunder of endless waterfalls. We hope you all enjoyed our photos but we must say, it was way bettter in person. And the wildlife. At almost every turn, Grizzly bears (some very close), black bears, brown bears, fox, Elk and Moose, Bald Eagles and fish, lots and lots of fish.

Our 101 days equaled  6,780 miles in the coaches and many, many more in the toads. We would use 945 gallons of Diesel fuel at a total cost of $3793. We would average about 8mpg and an average speed of 42.7 mph. Our 101 nights camping would cost us $2661. Some nights were free and others were well, overpriced. Welcome to the wilderness.

We began as friends and ended the same way. Through all the trials and tribulations, friendships don't  change much. Friends are your friends for a reason after all.

It was really a great trip. One we hope to repeat someday. Till then, we are actively planning Winter, Spring and Summer of 2012. Watch out East Coast, here we come!!!!!
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JB LeGrand on

I have really enjoyed following your trip to Alaska and back. Great pic's. Travel on.

Amy O. on

Ken and Ann, It's been fascinating keeping up with your adventures! I've gone back through your travels over the last few years... love it!! As a determined soon-to-be full-timer, I enjoy hearing not only about the routes, scenery and history from at each place you go, but also the ups and downs of motor coach life. (The "cleaning days" & the behind the scenes, the things that can break and the time it takes to fix them, or what goes on while waiting for a dealer to get a part.) Your amazing, consistent entries are a window into the adventurous but realistic particulars of life on the road. Thank you!!! Looking forward to more from you two as you head over to the East Coast!!! Amy O.

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