Nock-Nock's Great RV Adventure

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Driving to Alaska is high on the list of many adventurers. The trip is legendary for its beauty. Once a bumpy dirt road, the Alaska Highway is now a modern, well maintained highway. Construction occurs seasonally and may cause delays in small sections, but otherwise, it's smooth driving! Particularly in summer, visitor amenities, including gasoline, food and motels, are abundant along the entire 1,500-mile Alaska Highway.

Gulf Streamers, an International RV Club, organized this 58-day Caravan beginning at Dawson Creek, British Columbia (BC) for its members. The 1390-mile Alaska Highway begins at Dawson Creek and, unbelievably, 1190 miles later enters Alaska! We will travel the entire 1390 miles, some on the way to Alaska and the remainder on the way home. The Alaska Highway is Route 97 in BC, Route 1 in the Yukon Territory (YT) and Route 2 in Alaska. It often is referred to as the ALCAN, a name associated with the military who built the road in 1942. Construction began 9 March 1942 and took 8 months and 12 days to complete the entire 1390 miles.

The Alaska Highway is but a small portion of the approximately 4850 miles we will travel. We will drive a minimum of 77 miles and a maximum of 334 miles on 25 travel days. The average travel-day driving distance will be 198 miles. We will spend 35 days in Alaska with two other days just across the border from Hyder, AK at Stewart, BC. We will spend 10 days in BC visiting seven cities and 13 days in the YT visiting four cities. We camp in or near 12 cities in Alaska and include the capital city of Juneau by boat from Skagway.

We will travel approximately 1400 miles in BC, 1000 miles in YT and 1646 miles in Alaska. We will drive some of the highways twice because they end at the water! Most all of the roads will be two-lane paved roads with typical and atypical hazards experienced in the lower 48 states. Atypical hazards include frost heaves that are normally well marked and easy to see and large animals on the road. Regardless of the hazards, we do not want to rush - the destination is but a small part of the experience!

There are an untold number of awesome lakes, rivers, mountains, glaciers, animals and interesting towns to see as well as many man-made items including totem poles, wood chainsaw carvings, and jade jewelry. There are gold dredges along the road in many places and numerous places to pull over to soak up the scenery that is never ending. At each turn in the road, each blink of the eye, there is a New Horizon. We will need plenty of memory or film for our camera to record memories. From an advertisement for the Alaska travel book: "The book is free... The experience is priceless. Alaska - you've been dreaming of Her for years. The legendary beauty...a place where you'll find wildlife, glaciers and mountains in epic proportions. Unspoiled, unobstructed, unlike anything you've ever experienced before."

  • Our Adventure Begins
  • Farewell
Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
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Trip End Sep 10, 2009


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