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Jun 2, 2010 - Fort Nelson

Left Dawson Creek at 5am (0 dark 30 for sure!) to gas up and take off for Fort St. John, where we’re supposed to be at the Western Star dealer, who told us to be there at 7am so they could look at our coach. In 1942 200 souls lived here, until the U.S.Army got here and ballooned the population up to 6,000 people! It was called Camp AlCan and since it was the end of the world as far as anyone could really tell, it was the logical staging place to start building northward. Fort St. John also has a piece of gold rush history: in 1897 it was on...

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May 15, 2010 - The Alaska Highway - Day 1

Saturday, May 15, 2010 Day 1 on THE ALASKA HIGHWAY We filled up on gas, made a trip to the local grocery store for some fresh meats, and got on our way. Today we drove 289 miles to Fort Nelson, BC. This is just a stop to break up the miles and hours in the car. We started around 11:00 a.m. PT and arrived at around 5:30 p.m PT. Not long after we started we took a side road and drove the original Alaska Highway, so we could cross the historic curved wooden Kiskatinaw River Bridge, 531 ft. long, and the only original timber bridge built along...

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Dec 23, 2009 - Fort Nelson

We stayed overnight here. We ate at boston pizza. Super good ravioli, we both has pasta actually, dad had spaghetti and meatballs. The hotel was unnesisarily overpriced. Well. I had teriyaki beef jerky from the gift shop in the morning. Super dry though.

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Oct 18, 2009 - Day 4 of our trip

Intended to start out about 7:30am this morning, but had a tire on the trailer going flat. Derek got it changed and we headed out about 8:10am it was 28 degrees. We immediately past a field full of elk but there was no place to pull over. Looks like about 30 or so but only one had a rack we could see. It looks like they jumped a fence and are enjoying someones pasture. Another herd about a mile later but way back off the road. The kids are having a blast with all the wildlife to bark at. Stopped at a place called Testa (where we had...

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Sep 19, 2009 - Toad River, BC

It’s Saturday so that means pancakes and eggs for breakfast. It rained hard overnight and we left the front ceiling vent open so the floor was wet this morning. Who with an RV hasn’t done that? My mind goes back to camping in a tent in New England and I count my blessings. The heat’s on, the water’s hot and we’re dry. The Alaska Highway is 1,390 miles long from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Delta Junction, Alaska. We’ve traveled 980 miles of it so far, 410 miles to go. The fall colors really pop out when it’s sunny. Whether sunny or...

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Aug 30, 2009 - Fort Nelson

I debated whether the hike to the springs was worth the dip, and choose to start the trek south or east as it may be instead. This section on the Hwy maybe be my favorite, beautiful rivers, scenery, lots of wild life and huge mountains (That sounds familiar, have I written these words in the past?). I saw Buffalo, Caribou, Stone sheep, and Moose today. The satellite radio reception is better in BC, although in fades in and out. I attempted to catch up on the news, in fact CNN news was more interesting hearing only every third word. I...

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Aug 1, 2009 - The drive to Ft. Nelson, BC

It was a long day today (7 hours). . .we started out driving next to another forest fire; smoke everywhere! Then the gravel road. . .we got three more starburst nicks in the drives windshield. Looks like we will be replacing it when we get home or in Dallas. We stopped at Muncho Lake and enjoyed our lunch next the most beautiful, blue lake I have ever seen. We saw 2 carabou and 1 stone sheep. Temperature outside it 87 degrees at 5:00 pm.

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Jul 18, 2009 - First day on the Alaska Hwy

G - Out of the park at 7:04 AM to reduce the conflict with another caravan. We don’t travel nose to tail because that would cause traffic problems. It’s everyone for themselves to the next nights stop but we end up in little groups of 2 or 3 rigs and make stops together just to be sociable. Everyone has a CB and a rig number (we’re Adventurer 15) so the group can talk amongst themselves on a specified channel regarding road conditions, wildlife spottings etc. The wagon master and tail gunner also direct us into our campground spots via the...

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Jul 18, 2009 - Ft. Nelson, British Columbia

Today was 283 miles long. It was pretty scenery and the roads were decent except for a few “hills”. Our only excitement for the day was a small bear!! We were so excited...our first bear!! He/she was eating in the ditch next to the road. The brakes went on and our camera was ready :) Our campgrounds are getting smaller to pull into-not quite what we are used to in the States…good thing we are only staying one night.

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Jul 11, 2009 - Leg 11, Dawson Creek, BC, to Fort Nelson, BC, Saturday, July 11, 2009

On the Alaska Highway, At Last At last, we are on the Alaska Highway, headed north to Alaska. We departed about 7 AM, and stopped for fuel about 20 miles into the day to top off our tanks. This particular section of the highway is similar to good two-lane highways at home, except with wider shoulders. There were some rough spots, but again, not to dissimilar from home. We drove by the visitor center at Fort St. John, but it was not open, so we continued driving, stopping up the road for HUGE cinnamon rolls—and they were good! It was an...

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Jul 10, 2009 - Fort Nelson

Pete drove the motor home to the tire store this morning. They didn’t have the tire needed so he bought a used one. We all then topped the fuel tanks and left Dawson Creek around 9:30 AM for Fort Nelson. The Alaska Highway begins at Mile 0 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. About 17 miles past Dawson Creek we drove to the original old Alaska Highway where we walked across the historic curved wooden “Kiskatinaw River Bridge”. It is the only original timber bridge built along the Alaska Highway that is still used today. We ran into rain,...

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Jun 27, 2009 - on the road...to Ft Nelson, BC

We left Northern Lights RV Park a little ahead of schedule at 7:50 am. We knew we had some ground to cover the today. Linda & Larry had to go into town to check on a tire that was losing air. We fueled right out of town at Farminton and soon were at Kiskatinaw Bridge on the original part of the Alaska Highway. We stopped and took some pictures and were back off again. We drove....and drove...and drove. We did see a bear, but the pictures are not too good. We arrived at Ft Nelson and Westend RV Park just in time!! There was a museum next...

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