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cewillis wrote:

Great to hear from you. I wondered how you were doing in S.E. Alaska -- TC with hardly any roads doesn't sound right. Glad to see you made it to the 'mainland'.


Nope, have not seen it.


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cross21114 wrote:

what kind of boat did you get?


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Nice!


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I traveled up to Alaska on my Harley in 2011 with my wife on the back seat. Most gas station were far more then 40 miles apart.

Safe travels and keep the pictures coming. KEN


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Day 2: Whitehorse to Tok.

Wanted to get to Fairbanks this day, but slow roads, construction, and all that allowed us to get to Tok before we threw in the towel.

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Typical scene north of Haines Junction area.
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Backside of St. Elias range.
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A break at yet another huge glacial river.
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Bunch of guys driving and towing Jeeps from the lower 48.
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Reality of the Alcan.
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Lunch break.
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How to keep a kid happy driving all day.
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The roads in Yukon, north of Haines Junction are absolute ****, especially just before the border. Travel in a truck camper is 30-40mph at best, unless you want to break your truck in half. After the border, the roads were great to Fairbanks.
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Day 3-18 later.

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The roads in the Yukon close to the AK border were the worst for us in 2011. The road to Fairbanks had lots of heaves and chuck holes. 50 was all I wanted to do on the motorcycle, because of road conditions on much of the Alcan. The packed gravel stretches were the best.

GREAT PICS

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Day 3

Tok to Fairbanks: Boring driving mostly, but roads improved.
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Tok River.
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Tok River campsite.
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Another giant glacial river.
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Day 4: Fairbanks to Arctic Circle

Finally getting near what we came to see. The pavement in AK/Yukon is generally crappy, but the dirt on the haul road is typically smooth and fast (45-50mph).

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Yukon river jet boats
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Finger rock
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Lots of fishing along many rivers for grayling.
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414 to go
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Fast dirt
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Yukon River camp has the most expensive gas on the haul road. Skip it. It's 240 to Coldfoot, and another 240 to Deadhorse. We just got gas once in Coldfoot.
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When you drive 420 out, then 420 back, you see the same campers over and over again. Like this one.
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Lots of steep hills and grades.
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One mile south of Arctic Circle at a random little spot down by Fish Creek in the middle of a trap line.

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Really enjoying your thread. Great photos. Looks like the little guy had a great time! Thanks for sharing.


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I worked out of Ketchikan on the Mainland in the bush. For most of SE Alaska, a decent boat and an old beat-up Subaru are what you need.

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