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Old 07-08-2011, 07:27 PM   #401
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I guess Bob and Lee Lee have circled around the backside of the moon. Transmission has temporarily interrupted. I can't wait for the pictures.

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Old 07-08-2011, 09:40 PM   #402
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Hi, yesterday we made it to Iskut, BC. We had a nice lakeside view. None of the camp grounds are busy, so we get right in. This works well for the way we travel. Gas is, as expected, very expensive and some places only have regular. I have run my Lincoln on regular to see how it worked and I can't tell any difference. [no pinging either] I wasn't going to tow while using regular, but now some times I don't have a choice. When you travel over two hundred miles to the next gas station and regular and Diesel is all they have, You buy regular. [with blood] Literally, while pumping your gas with very slow pumps, the mosquitoes are eating you alive. This gas station was in "Bell" and it was the only business there. Ice cream bars were $5.00 each. In California if it was this cold the mosquitoes would die, but here they are alive and doing well. One tank of gas cost me $150.00 for regular and it will be adjusted upward by my bank. I wasn't expecting to run into gravel roads until farther north, but we did and I had to protect the front of my trailer. Yesterday's camp ground was called "Red Goat Camp Ground" and the lake view there was also great.

(1.) My gas bill for one tank.

(2.) Following the Pilot vehicle through the gravel.

(3.) Our space last night.

(4.) Lake view behind our trailer.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:57 PM   #403
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Day 8.

Hi, today we had another scenic drive from British Columbia to Yukon. We saw a few more bears today. Forgot to mention that we saw a few bears yesterday too. But today we were lucky enough to get a few pictures of one of the bears. We hit quite a few areas of gravel roads and you can hear the rocks bouncing inside of my wheel wells on the Lincoln. Hope our trailer doesn't get dinged too bad. There are several areas of burned out forest and people are [illegaly] parked on the side of the road and they are running into the burned area and coming back to their cars with something they found. We were curious and stopped where a family was camped to ask them what was going on. It seems that, one year after a forest fire, some special mushrooms apear. People collect them and the natives sell them to a retailer. Lee bought some from the natives directly. I buy gas now when and where available and don't even look at the prices anymore. And I'm running regular. Lee Lee, Dusty, and I are having a great time while living a new adventure every day. Today we are staying at Dawson Peaks Resort in Teslin, Yukon, Canada.

(1.) Picture of a bear that Lee spotted. I stopped because no-one was behind us, so Lee could take the pictures and he crossed the Hwy in front of my Lincoln.

(2.) Lee Lee buying wild mushrooms from the locals.

(3.) YUKON sign.

(4.) Dusty , under the table waiting for ooops, but there weren't any, so he had to settle for his food.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:22 PM   #404
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Hi, yesterday right after our first bout with the gravel roads, we stopped at the next available rest stop to give the front of our trailer a sponge bath, so we could install my pre-cut chrome bubble insulation, to hopefully protect my trailer from flying rocks. It was very difficult to do because the trailer got really dirty and the mosquitoes came out in massive forces. I used Red Stucco tape because it will come off with out leaving the glue behind. With the wind and rain, some of the Red Stucco tape came loose, so I had to bring out the dreaded Duct tape. Do I suffer from Duct tape glue or hundreds of rock dings? I'm gambling on this and hope I win most of the battle. This is a once in a life time trip and if I get some damage.......Oh well!
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I've been driving from Prince George to Vanderhoof every day for the last month or so. I believe I saw you drive through Vanderhoof on Hwy 16 in the early afternoon as I was going to the local doughnut shop drive-thru for a coffee. I was checking out the A/S--my co-workers were oblivious (they don't appreciate fine aluminum!). Enjoy your trip
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Thanks for the trip reports, I find the narrative very interesting. I like the bubble protection good idea and the price is right.

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Old 07-09-2011, 07:53 AM   #407
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Bob, if you are still at Dawson Peaks, say hello to Carolyn and Dave. One of our favorite places to stop along the Alaska Hwy. I think we could go to NW Canada and Alaska every year, so I am enjoying your trip even more.

If you choose duct tape, WD-40 will remove the glue.

Every time I guess where you are going, you fool me. Looks like you are going to Alaska or Dawson City or Inuvik or maybe even Atlin. I hope you have the Milepost. Bumpy roads ahead featuring frost heaves.

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Old 07-09-2011, 09:46 AM   #408
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Bob, if you are still at Dawson Peaks, say hello to Carolyn and Dave. One of our favorite places to stop along the Alaska Hwy. I think we could go to NW Canada and Alaska every year, so I am enjoying your trip even more.

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Hi, Gene; This morning I went to the office to tell them [Carolyn and Dave] "Hi" for you. Dave remembered who you were right away.
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Thanks Bob. The last time we were there, last July, Dave said the restaurant was closing at the end of 2010. It had become too much work. That was too bad because Carolyn ran a very good restaurant and we enjoyed eating there as a break from cooking in the trailer. So we had regrets about that, but fully understood as we could see how worn out Carolyn was getting. Dave, with his dry sense of humor, suggested they would fill up a freezer with frozen dinners and put in a bank of microwaves and run a new kind of restaurant. I asked Dave whether Carolyn would continue to bake rhubarb pies–something they had promoted for years—and Dave simply said "pies die!"

Good place to stop going either way and to relax a bit. There's a small museum of native animals (stuffed) in Teslin—on the north side just after the bridge going west next to gas station and restaurant. A little further past the town of Teslin, there's a Tlingkit museum on the south side of the road.

Whitehorse has always had some really good restaurants though we just stopped for gas and provisions last year. I remember a very good Italian place on the main downtown street in 2006. There's an interesting museum about Beringia along the Alaska Hwy at Whitehorse. Skagway has a good Thai restaurant a block or two off the very touristy main drag.

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Hey Bob... great trip and love the bubble protection on the airstream. Great idea. Duct tape will come right off with WD40 so thats the easy part. We are taggin along with you guys virtually.. do we need to send up gas money?

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Hi, Gene. They still have the restaurant and I saw a bunch of pies, but we brought our own food and one pie is too much for us and Dusty isn't allowed any. We left Dawson Creek this morning and had an interesting drive with more gravel roads and some whoop-dee-dos that had the Lincoln and Safari bouncing like crazy until I slowed down. At Dawson Creek we were in space #1 so the WIFI was good. Bubble wrap keeps coming loose and I can't find time to fix it while it's dry out. Today my Lincoln got it's first real rock chip in the windshield. We agreed that the Lincoln would take the punishment of this trip instead of wrecking a new/newer truck, that might be in our future.

(1.) Dawson Creek office.

(2.) Space number 1.

(3.) Lake scenery on our way to day.

(4.) Highway 1.
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I'm really enjoying this thread, and the pictures are an inspiration. We may have an opportunity to take an Airstream from Anchorage to Seattle later this summer, and the information here is bound to be very useful. Thanks, and safe travels.
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Day 9.

Hi, today we saw a few more bears, Lee Lee saw a fox, and two Moose. [I missed those while watching the road] We are now camped at White River RV Park in Beaver Creek Yukon, Canada. This place was an Army base and there are some left over relecks to prove it. Lots of interesting things to look at here. I will show you a few. There is no WIFI here, but they have Ethernet, one line, and I'm using it. There are some mosquitoes here too, but I bought some lotion to keep the bugs off of my face and arms. On the way here we stopped at Whitehorse for supplies; It's real exciting, out this way, to be able to shop at a real market. Anywhere else along the way has nothing, next to nothing, and very expensive anything. [all five items in stock] The experience is priceless, [you can't put a price on it] but the city life can sure spoil you, when you can drive a few miles and buy anything in the world. Note: there are so many interesting things here, but I can only show you a few. The Military stuff should be interesting to Lili, Hans, Vinnie, and Milo.

(1.) White River RV Park office.

(2.) Army 6X6 truck.

(3.) One shot of many, in Military bone yard.

(4.) Some retired, old, out board motors hanging out together.

Is this place cool or what?
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Looks like the one with the star on the door could be a late 50's Dodge M37. I like those trucks..

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Day 10.

Hi, today was quite a rough ride; There was an area where the road looked like a tank drove down it just before the concrete dryed. It tried to shake my teeth loose and various objects, inside of mt trailer, decided to relocate them selves. For example, my Kill-a-Watt unplugged it'self and landed on the floor. So far, so good.

(1.) My new rock chip from yesterday.

(2.) A working dog at the gravel road repair area.
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Boo-Boo goes to Alaska.

Hi, today Dusty, [his real name] Dusty-Boo, [what Grandma called him] and Boo-Boo is what I've been calling him made it to Alaska today. Dusty can't hear, so it doesn't really matter what we call him. [He won't answer anyway] Today's goal was to make it to Alaska and we did. We also got the thousand question act at the border. No, Dusty does not have any weapons, illegal food, and he does have his Rabbie certificate with him. So we were allowed to pass, or is that, allowed to squease through the 9' Border gate with a 8' 5 1/2" trailer. The road from the Border into Alaska was really super for about five miles, then it became somewhat normal. I was shocked that I was able to travel at 65 MPH to safely get to our next stop. We are in Delta Junction, for the night. Today was laundry day and it was the first time in days that I could do something without bugs attacking me. I still have some battle scares from a few days ago.

(1.) We are parked just behind the Alaska sign.

(2.) Alaska sign. Yeah, we made it.

(3.) Dusty relaxing after a long day on the road.
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Hey Bob... great trip and love the bubble protection on the airstream. Great idea. Duct tape will come right off with WD40 so thats the easy part. We are taggin along with you guys virtually.. do we need to send up gas money?

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Hi, somehow I missed this about gas money; At the rate we are going, we might have to re-finance our house and Vinnie's to get home.
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Forgot something again?

Hi, I used to forget my screw-in sewer connector at the camp ground and notice it at the next place; Today I forgot my thermometer's outside sensor. So I won't know how cold it is outside, in the morning, when I have to take Dusty out to pee. This is our first trip with the level mounted on the front of my trailer, what a difference. Now I can look in my mirror and move unil my trailer is level side to side. And if it's not level, I can, and have, used my Lynx leveler blocks to get it right. This is the first trip where I have used my Lynx leveler blocks. Also this is the first trip since I installed two rows of "D" shaped weather seal on my cargo / storage door. We had felt cold air coming in from under the bed and this has fixed that.

Note: it is about midnight here and it looks like about six PM, still light out. So I will have to call it a night and talk to you tomorrow. [WIFI, willing]
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