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sue.t

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Posted: 08/27/14 09:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ernest wrote:

We found this great campground below the bad road section called Discovery Yukon.

You haven't yet gone through the worst section of the AK Highway if you're there at the White River and headed south.

You're not far from it though... [emoticon]


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The consensus southbound on US131 north of Cadillac Michigan is " What a way to make their day" Sue...you are sooooo bad!


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The Cassius hwy is much better than the alcan if you are looking to continue the Alaska experience. The northern half is narrow some what rough but little traffic. On a roughness scale I would put the Tok beaver creak run at 1 most severe, chicken at 3 severe, parts of Glenallen at 5 somewhat rough,Cassius at 6 somewhat rough, south end of alcan at 8 good.

I favor the road less traveled, Cassius. Drop down to the Canada border on hwy 97 and you are in for a treat with the fruit orchards in Canada and northern Washington.

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traveylin wrote:

The Cassius hwy is much better than the alcan if you are looking to continue the Alaska experience. The northern half is narrow some what rough but little traffic. On a roughness scale I would put the Tok beaver creak run at 1 most severe, chicken at 3 severe, parts of Glenallen at 5 somewhat rough,Cassius at 6 somewhat rough, south end of alcan at 8 good.

I favor the road less traveled, Cassius. Drop down to the Canada border on hwy 97 and you are in for a treat with the fruit orchards in Canada and northern Washington.

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I know it's been coming up on 7-9 weeks now since we headed South from Tok. And, the highway situation can change week by week.

That being said, we really enjoyed heading South once we made it to Junction 37. Concur it is in pretty good shape, and we had many more animal sightings too. And yes, at least when we traveled, I agree with Tok to around the Beaver Creek run was the roughest and did the most damage to our toad (we lost the fog lights lenses.) But, the Taylor into Chicken was pretty bumpy too[emoticon]!

We really liked going up via the ALCAN, and down via 37. And, we did do the 97 run down on into the states, and concur it is a great way to go. (We did cut over to the coastal area eventually. Working our way West thru the always windy Columbia Gorge to Portland. Then South on 5/99 to Eugene area Followed by a nice cut over to 101 to head South down to Coos Bay area, and on into the Redwoods of Northern California.

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Well, gosh ... there was one "pot hole" so deep that the highway crew simply put a log on its end into it. Thus, approaching vehicles literally saw a pole in the middle of the lane!

For those not paying attention, I guess a dented bumper would be better than being embedded in a hole up to your axle.

Thank goodness it was staying light 24/7 then, can't imagine coming upon that "fix" in the dark!

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sue.t wrote:

Ernest wrote:

We found this great campground below the bad road section called Discovery Yukon.

You haven't yet gone through the worst section of the AK Highway if you're there at the White River and headed south.

You're not far from it though... [emoticon]


We are in Haines now. The road actually was getting better most of the way south; a few bad sections. Nowhere near the 37 continuous Kms of the border to White river; it's probably been a while since you've gone to Alaska.


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Beaver Creek is my home town so I visit there often. Yup, grew up there. Not many folk can say that, or would want to say that. [emoticon]

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Sorry to have missed you Ernest! Hope your trip south goes well for you.

Yesterday we went to the Morris Thompson visitor center at the recommendation of a fellow camper and he was right...wow is all I can add. It was fantastic. Then we stopped by Santa Clause House and had a wonderful time. I even had my picture taken with Santa!

Today we headed up to Circle...its the end of the road at the Yukon Flats. Not much to see or do but it was nice to be out of the RV and on the road for 7 hours. Tomorrow we are heading up to Chena Hot Springs for the day. I can't wait to feel those healing waters.

Safe journeys to all.


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krlgswanson wrote:

Sorry to have missed you Ernest! Hope your trip south goes well for you.

Yesterday we went to the Morris Thompson visitor center at the recommendation of a fellow camper and he was right...wow is all I can add. It was fantastic. Then we stopped by Santa Clause House and had a wonderful time. I even had my picture taken with Santa!

Today we headed up to Circle...its the end of the road at the Yukon Flats. Not much to see or do but it was nice to be out of the RV and on the road for 7 hours. Tomorrow we are heading up to Chena Hot Springs for the day. I can't wait to feel those healing waters.

Safe journeys to all.

Hello Ken,
Glad you're have a good time in Fairbanks.
Well be in Haines for a few days then leave the MH @ Hitch-Up and fly over to Juneau to see some friends for my wife's birthday. We take the ferry over to Skagway on the 3rd.
We've been to Haines before but the wildlife really greeted us yesterday. The pinks are in and the Bears and eagles are enjoying the feast.
Once again have a great time and maybe our paths will cross.

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We are part of the 2015 group. This information regarding all of your journeys is very interesting to us neophytes who anxiously awaiting for our turn. I do have a question for any of the fiver travelers using gas rather than diesel pick ups.
My wife and I are wondering if we have made a mistake by buying a gas pickup. We are pulling a 10000 lb. Zinger with a 2013 6.0 L GMC and around here we get 7-8 mph. So what should we expect on our planned trip next year. Any information will be appreciated.


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