Sunday, April 4, 2010
April 1, 2010 Thursday
Well looks like we are on our way. The Ford dealer in Idaho Falls was really helpful, although AJ had to pay dearly for the help. Seems the high pressure pump failed. Total down time was 20 hours.
It is now 9:30 AM MST and we are headed north on Interstate 15. Next stop will be the Canadian border. The weather is really sunny and warm for now.
April 3, 2010 Saturday
It is now Saturday afternoon 6:00PM Alaskan time 9:00PM CST and we have arrived in Alaska! I will go back and fill in the blanks, couldn't post anything while traveling on the ALCAN highway. It's like an old washboard.
Anyway we did get to the Canadian border at 8:30PM MST. Everyone had said we would have trouble bringing 11 rifles through the border, and if nothing else, they would tie us up a long time. We passed the border at Sweet Grass MT/Coutts Alberta and the Canadian border patrol people were really nice. After a few questions and a small fee, they let us go! Total time at the border 40 minutes.
It's getting dark now. We stopped at a Denny's in Lethbridge, Alberta. When you come to Canada, be pepared to pay dearly for everything (that's just a little side note).
In Canada we pay in US dollars and always get back Canadian money, so I guess the exchange rate is dollar for dollar. The Canadian money can't be used in Alaska.
We decided that it was dark and the land was real flat, so we would go ahead and drive all night to make up time. Traveling through Calgary, Edmonton, Whitecourt in Alberta. Next Dawson Creek, British Columbia the start of the ALCAN Highway and a real blast to past in history.
It is a thousand miles from Dawson Creek, BC to the Alaskan border. Those are some of the hardest miles I have ever traveled. Traveling the Canadian Rockies are just like a ride at Six Flags -- continuious turning and bouncing up and down the whole 1000 miles. We saw less than 50 trucks and maybe 40 cars the entire trip -- that's from both ways. You might find a place to get gas and find something to eat every 250to 300 miles. We saw 2 cops the entire time and that was when we stopped to eat. Another treat of the ALCAN is there is absolutely no cell service at ALL!
The XM radio signal will also come and go.
If you like trees, mountains and stress free driving (except for the elk, bison and moose resting on the highway) you will love the ALCAN.
I sure do miss Molly (and Sue).