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Old 06-05-2014, 12:58 AM   #113
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Leaving Dawson City in the morning, check out the new postings on my blog.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:31 AM   #114
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Thanks! I think I am going cover free as well, i think the rubbing could be a larger risk. I am also looking into rock tamers.
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I hope to be following Busdriver's route in July. I have noticed that there have been a number of moderate earthquakes recently in southern Alaska and Yukon around Haines Junction. Anybody feel them?
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We are in Tok, AK, we only had lunch at Chicken and then kept on driving. We got to Tok with NO VISIBLE DENTS OR SCRATCHES. ........Yea!!!!!!! We did drive slow and stop when a car passed us or came toward us.

The Top of the World was a very good road, there has already been a lot of grading........Except for 13 miles of road construction from the Alaskan boarder. The road was very rough, lots of large gravel chunks. They still need to put in the fine dirt and gravel. If at all possible I would try to do this on a Sunday when they are not working. Today, Monday they were not working, don't know why.

We are staying for free behind the Shell Station, large mostly level lot. Ate at Fast Eddy's, very good dinner, then every night during the summer at 7:30 is a little trio of Bluegrass music, next door to Fast Eddy's. They are really good.

We will wash the truck and trailer in Fairbanks, but right now I don't see any marks from rocks. The Rock Tamers worked very nicely

On to Fairbanks tomorrow, no blog tonight.
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Old 06-06-2014, 12:51 AM   #117
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I heard about the earth quakes but have not felt them, course we were on a pretty rough road driving 13 - 20 mph for 13 miles.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:44 AM   #118
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Very cool you guys drove the TOW with your Airstream! Great memories for sure.
I'll check out the blog again for pics. Are you thinking about going up the Dalton?
You will be in Fairbanks. (Maybe just go up to the Article Circle for a picture,, without the Airstream.)
Your trip is inspiring. How are the skeeters?
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:54 AM   #119
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I heard about the earth quakes but have not felt them, course we were on a pretty rough road driving 13 - 20 mph for 13 miles.

I think the official word is that Alaska sees 50-100 earthquakes per day. Depending on where you and they are, you may not notice the vast majority and certainly the motion of driving would soak up many that you might feel if otherwise standing still. There are a number of apps for smartphones and tablets that tap into the live feeds and show these things on a map, but then connectivity is sparse and we go on our way just as the rest of life in Alaska allocating our attention to the beauty of this remaining wilderness.

We will be headed that way in a few weeks so hope to cross paths with many of you this summer. Just installed a set of Rock Tamers also and opted not to add anything extra to the front of the AS.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:03 AM   #120
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We are in Tok, AK, we only had lunch at Chicken and then kept on driving. We got to Tok with NO VISIBLE DENTS OR SCRATCHES. ........Yea!!!!!!! We did drive slow and stop when a car passed us or came toward us.

The Top of the World was a very good road, there has already been a lot of grading........Except for 13 miles of road construction from the Alaskan boarder. The road was very rough, lots of large gravel chunks. They still need to put in the fine dirt and gravel. If at all possible I would try to do this on a Sunday when they are not working. Today, Monday they were not working, don't know why.

We are staying for free behind the Shell Station, large mostly level lot. Ate at Fast Eddy's, very good dinner, then every night during the summer at 7:30 is a little trio of Bluegrass music, next door to Fast Eddy's. They are really good.

We will wash the truck and trailer in Fairbanks, but right now I don't see any marks from rocks. The Rock Tamers worked very nicely

On to Fairbanks tomorrow, no blog tonight.
It is wonderful to read all your adventures as we are way behind. We managed to get to Rapid City, SD where we are in a holding pattern. Both of us have some kind of virus affecting the digestive tract. We have spent two nights in this holding pattern and have gone to urgent care to make sure we do not have anything serious enough to suggest that we not enter Canada. The provider there felt we would be ok in a few days, but I (Uncle Bill) can not venture too far from the toilet. We are setting tight (play on words) for a while.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:14 AM   #121
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I have a quick question for "Bus Driver". If it is cold there in the mornings, what do you do for heat? Do you run a generator? Or, use the furnace? Mrs. Bus Driver, how do you handle no-showers? I have suggested to my wife that you just get used to sponge baths. Is that pretty much correct? Thanx, Uncle Bill
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Sorry to hear about your delay, I always carry Immodium with us but sometimes that doesn't work if you have a bad enough virus, it has to come out one way or another.
Traveling is really hard on your digestive system because of so much sitting, different foods, water, etc. I'm sure the MD or RN told you clear liquids, then the BRAT diet. Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Tea in very small amounts every hour or so.

Enough of that. I think we have had power at almost every stop so we use the little electric cube heater and sometimes the furnace to help it along. We usually don't use the heater during the night, only in the very early morning, Mr. BusDriver uses a down comforter and I use a sheet and light blanket with my feet out and usually my window slightly open. We also have a generator with us but have not needed to use it yet. We use the shower sometimes but usually sponge bath. It's just something I got use to.

The Down Town RV Park in Watson Lake has the best showers of any campground we have been to and it was free, even has music piped into the bathrooms.

Hope you get on your way soon
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Hi Joe and Nancy, we finally got underway and we are just leaving Meziadin Lake on the Cassiar Hwy. You can check our progress here http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ml#post1466779

Internet has been sparse but we will post when we can.
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We are in Fairbanks now for a couple of days.
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:39 AM   #125
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Visited the blog again. You guys are great. Glad you had the rabies cert with you.
That's a pretty remote crossing up there, but I thought it was much more of what crossing into Alaska should be, compared to the crossing on the Alaska Highway. That one seemed more like a tourist stop.
When I took the ferry over, I was the only one on it. (Motorcycle) I was thinking, they are surely losing money on this trip. Then I found out the trip was free.. Ha
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Love the gaffers tape idea...but have read it's not water proof. That true? Will it hold up to the Alaskan downpours?
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