Over hill and dale

Trip Start May 10, 2012
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Trip End Jun 04, 2012


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Smith's Green Acres

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

The birds are singing this morning in Tok.  It is 46 and sprinkling.
We gas up at $4.66 a gallon, better that the $5 to $6 in Canada. We got a free wash at the Tesoro gas station.  Boy did that help. We had two inches of mud dried under
 the RV from all the mud roads we were on yesterday.   Our cell phones are working.
The mosquitoes are out, another miracle that they can survive in a place that gets to 40 below zero.
Has anyone gone to a laundrymat lately…$3.50 to wash and $1.50 to dry……  Milk is about $6 a gallon and the cheapest bread at Walmart
is $2 a loaf, but most is over $4 a loaf.  The only taxes in the town of Tok are federal taxes,  NO local taxes.  I suppose that helps them to 
buy bread and milk.
We walked to Fast Eddy's for breakfast.  I wish I had made a picture of the size of the meal they brought.  Susan and I split a meal and it was all we could 
eat.  Ed's meal had pancakes with it and they were the size of dinner plates.  It sort of looks like a Shoney's. 
We have crossed the 4,000 miles on the RV here.  We drive to Delta Junction which is the end of the Alaska Highway that started in Dawson Creek, BC, a total
of 1390 miles built in the 1940's.  We see a moose not long after we leave, but he is a lone ranger it seems. 
We pulled into a state park and there parked by a campsite is an airplane.  That is the way Alaskan go camping.  Why?  The whole state looks like a park.
We pass a river that is thick with blue ice breaking up.  
I am anxious to see the delta area around Delta Junction because it grows a tremendous amount of grain and exotic animal farm for meat.  We only saw what were
supposed to be barley fields but not yet planted. The brochure says they have 60 frost free days a year to get their crops in.  We finally came across a farm of 
bison, but the yak were not in sight.
As we arrived in Delta Junction there is a farmer's market and Frontier days going on.  It was small, but they appeared to be a TIME.  They had craft booths and food stands. 
A large loaf of bread was $8.  I wish we had needed bread.  The Dairy Barn was open so we got a dole pineapple and vanilla swirl soft serve cone.  Good.    We visited the 
Visitors Center so that Ed could get his certificate for having driven the entire length of the Alaska Highway.  He is SO PROUD.  It did take him two years since we changed our 
route somewhat.
We arrive at Smith's Green Acres RV park….Eddie Albert and Ava Gabor:  NOT. 
We head on a little way up toward Fairbanks to see the pipeline cross the Tanana River.  Quite a feat for engineers.  At the end of the Alaska Hwy we are now on Rt 4, Richardson
Hwy.
Back to Green Acres where this is the first day that the park is open and none of services are available.  We have electricity, period. I  have been cleaning the RV today in the down time.  Ed says it is time to go home if I am cleaning.  I resent that remark!  I think.
It has started the obligatory raining in the late afternoon.  The sound on the roof makes me so sleepy I can hardly stand up.  
We do have 3 TV channels, one we can actually hear and see.  No internet.
Tomorrow we are planning to go south to Paxton.  It is on the original highway that goes to Mt McKinley.  When they built the Parks highway, they just left this road
unimproved.  We doubt we will go all the way to Mckinley because it is a rough dirt road.  When they advertise it is rough they mean ROUGH!!!!   As I said we are still
 getting the mud out of the undercarriage from the Top of the World Highway.
We will continue to explore around this area until we turn in the RV next Thursday.
I am writing on textedit to copy and paste.    I hope to add photos at some point.
Happy Holiday weekend.. It is 50 degrees or so now.  At least we aren't sweating.
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Dave on

Hey Road Warriors, You've been through some pretty country. I've been "driving" along with Google Maps. Delta Jct looks like a nice little oasis from the wild. I'll bet your mileage will improve after getting a couple of hundred pounds of mud off the undercarriage, lol. Tried to find Fast Eddies while "driving" through Delta Jct. but the resolution on Google Maps is pretty lame. But it sounds like you ate pretty good in spite of the fact there were no Tim Horton cinnamon rolls available. Press on and take in some more sights,
have fun and be safe.......

dwlp.travelkids
dwlp.travelkids on

My favorite shot is the one of Ed with his behind up in the air! How sad is it that you have friends with weird senses of humor!!?? We ate at Fast Eddies when we were in Tok also...monstrous amounts of food! We are doing a lay over day today to clean the rig, do laundry, cut hair, etc. by the way...you need to get someone to take a picture of the three of you together and then go into your profile on TravelPod and put that in as your tricruiser profile picture. Also I have discovered that if I just put a few pictures in at a time rather than all at once I can put in as many as I want on the blog. Might try that. Have a great day and thanks for starting off our morning on a happy note! Hugs to all three of you.

vistasbygod
vistasbygod on

We're so proud of you guys, too. What drive and determination it took to drive the entire highway. Priceless memories you'll hold forever.

Please stay safe and enjoy the remainder of your trip, xxxooo, Gin

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