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Old 07-31-2014, 08:17 PM   #155
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Hello everyone, We have just arrived in Houston, BC after leaving Hyder/Stewart this AM. No Verizon in Skagway, Cassiar Hwy or in Hyder/Stewart. Now it's just roaming but anticipate good cell service as we get closer to Prince George. Just got internet too. So I will start getting caught up on the blog.



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Old 08-12-2014, 09:30 AM   #156
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Cassiar is a piece of cake.

We finally were able to hit the trail and have been driving for five days. I sit this morning at the edge of Meziadin Lake and am gobstruck by the view. (Even have wi-fi!) Yesterday we did the side trip to Stewart and Hyder and it's stunning. Gorges, grizzlies and glaciers. This is why we spend hours stuck behind the wheel, to intake such splendor. And I know we've only done 95 miles of the Cassiar but SO FAR it is a perfect gentleman. Paved, smooth and painted. Northward to Istuk (sp?) tomorrow.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:58 AM   #157
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Cassiar & Alaska Highway Realities.

Cassiar wasn't all that bad. The last (northern) 30-40 miles were sucky with lots of gravel stretches but nothing terrible. All in all, much better than I had imagined. The Alaska Highway--as of August 18--from Whitehorse west was bumpy and "swaley"in places, but not bad until Tok, then it went downhill (figuratively) fast. Many crappy stretches of construction and pilot cars with loose gravel and wetted portions that throw up mud. And then from Nenana to Denali today (8/20) some miserable construction sections, one right before Denali with serious off-road-like terrain I couldn't believe we had to drive on, but had little choice in a parade of traffic following the pilot car. Just went super slow and let the rest run on ahead.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:42 AM   #158
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Very cool. Thanks for the update! Good to know your impressions of the roads, and the scenery!
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:53 AM   #159
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The Richardson Highway--From Glennallen to Valdez

I always thought of Valdez as an industrial/oil pumping city with little natural beauty. I was wrong. There is a strong presence of pipeline as it terminates here, and plenty of distant oil refineries, but for the most part this is a gorgeous place on Prince William Sound ringed by glaciated mountains that are hard to believe. And the Richardson highway that delivers you here is a stunner. It's also a shaker, as it is full of dips and frost heaves. Sometimes I think all the good road engineers grow up and leave Alaska for the lower 48.
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:48 PM   #160
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Anyone have winter ALCAN experience? Planning on going down in November. From my experiences in AK, I know I will need bright lights (getting a set of lightforce halogen lights). Diesel stations open? Cassier plowed?


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Welcome to Valdez, Alaska, Silver Spud!! You're a brave one to still be hanging around this far north during this time of year. I hope you brought chains just in case because it already snowed in Denali National Park, although whatever snow falls should melt off fairly quickly. Enjoy the turning of the colors!!
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Anyone have winter ALCAN experience? Planning on going down in November. From my experiences in AK, I know I will need bright lights (getting a set of lightforce halogen lights). Diesel stations open? Cassier plowed?


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We have pulled the trailer on the highway several times between October and April. You can get sub zero most any time in there but more likely in Nov. when you are going.

I really can't help with the Cassier since never took it with the trailer, except to say in April of this year we advised not to take it coming back to Fairbanks since it was not in good shape.

Diesel should not be a problem but you really should have the range to make it to major towns. I have an extra 50 gal. in a bed mounted aux. tank so we don't have issues.

Also be advised that B.C. requires you have what they call winter rated tires or chains in this area from Oct. to May. Note not all M&S tires will meet requirement. Doubt anyone would stop you but we have winter tires and chains and nearly had to put on the chains once and we have a 4wd truck.
You didn't say if you were pulling the trailer or not but that will add issues to think about. We always stay in the trailer, but you do go thru a lot of propane and we have trouble with the stock propane requlator not functioning in sub zero weather. We don't use the water system at these temps. If you are going to pull the trailer and want to stay in it just plan more careful and call ahead on options where to stay. If you are planning to do this send me a PM and I'll give you a list of places we have stayed along the highway in winter.
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:04 PM   #163
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... I really can't help with the Cassier since never took it with the trailer, except to say in April of this year we advised not to take it coming back to Fairbanks since it was not in good shape. ...

We just left the Cassiar in the mirror. If going south, the 1st 30 miles is the roughest for that road, but compared to the rough spots on the Alcan and Parks, it was great. Fill up before you turn off the Alcan. Next fuel will be at Dease Lake. Overnighted for free at Jade City and got something to eat at cafe across the road. Next fuel will be at Bell 2 or Meziadin Jct. The latter is one of those unmanned Cardlock affairs that takes some patience to get the pump authorized.

We stayed at Meziadin Lake Provincial Park, a great stop. Then took a side trip to Stewart and Hyder. Spent last night at 'Ksan at Hazleton. Another interesting spot if you don't mind a 1-lane suspension bridge over the canyon.

There was a short section of construction at Bell 2 otherwise the rest of the Cassiar was as good as any route and definitely less traveled.



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My reference to the Cassiar in April was not the condition of the highway itself but due to the lack of clearing of snow, sorry I was not clear. At that time they were not keeping up with the snowfall and it slippery and snow was accumulating, weather cams are available. Also at that time of year much of the camping and other services were not open. For StreamlineAK to travel the Carriar in November they might want to carefully check on services and snow maintainance. To be fair I have driven the Ak highway in October during a snowfall and never saw a plow truck all day!
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The Yukon has posted that a number of provincial parks will remain open this year until Sep 30 rather than Sep 15... Both Whitehorse and Calgary were reporting early snow this morning. Will be in Vancouver by tomorrow, weather looks great there.


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Old 09-10-2014, 12:17 PM   #166
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Silver Goose and anyone else headed south to Washington.

The weather has been fantastic here in Olympia at the Washington Land Yacht Harbor RV Park, 9101 Steilacoom Rd SE, Olympia WA 98513.

The RV Park is open to ALL brands of RVs with discounts for Good Sam, Escapee and WBCCI. Check us out, very close to three National Parks: Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens and the Olympics.
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:18 PM   #167
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In Whitehorse, no white stuff.

Are at Hi Country RV Park and it is 54 and sun with clouds. Tomorrow, 60% chance of rain. We press on to Watson lake. Road from Dawson City to here was sucky. Lots of Swales and gravel stretches, etc. allow 5+ hours. Had to stop at Twin Lakes CG which was gorgeous and almost empty. A big plus of traveling late in the season!
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:40 PM   #168
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Home And Only Slightly Battered.

Home after 7 weeks and 7,000 miles. Spectacular trip. No damage to the Silver Spud, BUT as I pulled off the front protective foil insulation wrap I see two issues: the residue from adhesive tape will be a bear to remove--the gaffers tape seems more stubborn than the Gorilla tape. And, worse, there appears to be permanent abrasion marks left from the ridges in the foil wrap on the window protectors and rock guards. Can't be sure until I get it washed and waxed, but beware if you use this defense against flying gravel...although it seems to have helped prevent dings a lot.
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