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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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North to Alaska

Jun 22, 2009 - On our way down the Alaska Highway to Fort Nelson, Home of the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

Day 40 286.4 miles today; 4472.4 miles total this trip. Historical Mile 300 on the Alaska Highway June 22, 2009 Long travel day from Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson. Despite lots of green countryside, we saw no wildlife today except a dead fawn in the road. Neither Susan nor I slept well last night. I got up early and ended up waking her up. We left out pretty early because we wanted to get gas before we left. We went to the Co-op station we had found, but we ended up taking a back road to it because the main road was being re-surfaced. We...

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Jun 20, 2009 - Fort Nelson, British Columbia

Fort Nelson, British Columbia– June 21, 2009 At the recommendation of our wagonmaster we stopped at Shepherd’s Inn Family Restaurant and had their blueberry pancakes. They were good except they put the blueberries on top instead of mixing them in the batter. After a beautiful drive across the historic Peace River Bridge, over Pink Mountain (elev. 3,600 feet), and after several 8 and 9 percent downgrades and crossing several bridges, we arrived in Fort Nelson. The roads today were good except for two mile of construction. Because of the...

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Jun 20, 2009 - Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson, named after Admiral Nelson was established as a fur trading post in 1805, across the river from the present community. Fort Nelson over the years has had over five different town sites as a result of fire and floods. The town saw its first mail service in 1936 and the Canadian government began construction of an airport in 1941 as part of the Northwest Air Staging Route. The biggest boom to Fort Nelson was the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942. About 2,000 soldiers were bivouacked in Fort Nelson, which they referred to...

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Jun 19, 2009 - More of the Alaska Highway and Bear sighting

After a one night stop at Sikanni River (It was unusual for us to have one night stop) we headed along the Alaska Highway to Fort Nelson. Again the road remained a broad highway but views of distant mountains tempted. Breaking up the boredom we suddenly saw a black bear enjoying the dandelions on the side of the road, our first bear this summer. We arrived at Fort Nelson in good order and spent the afternoon walking around the town and of course finding a coffee shop for Tony.

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Jun 17, 2009 - Day 4 - Teslin, YT to Ft. Nelson British Colombia

Day 4 Teslin, YT to Ft. Nelson British Colombia 9:00 Everything ready to get on the road….waiting on travel buddies. Went to the campground restaurant got Klondike Sandwich (Awesome) and John had French toast with caribou sausage…..Prob the best sausage in the WORLD!! Observed bus load of Canadians…..They really do say eh! 10:17 On road. Just washed trucks and not ½ mile from campground and the dirt/gravel road starts. ***For those NYers – think about driving route 80 for 1500 miles*** 2:00 Stopped at the Sign Forrest……Put 2 and 2...

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Jun 16, 2009 - Fort Nelson BC.

6/15 Left Chetwynd and went to Dawson City, mile "0" of the Alaskan Highway. We got in town 2 days before 2 caravans are scheduled to arrive, however I think most are here already. We went to the Alaska Highway House to learn how and why the highway was built, got some pictures and toured the city. Naturally, we located THE STORE (Walmarts) and loaded up as this was the only one seen in the last 6 days. 6/16 Finds us starting year no. 46 together and starting the Alaskan highway, going to Fort Nelson. Detoured a little to see the original...

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Jun 13, 2009 - Starting the Alaskan Highway

We headed out for the start of the Alaskan Highway. We planned on stopping at “Sheppard’s Inn” for some Borscht, unfortunately the person who makes the soup was in Russia attending a funeral so we had to settle for a buffalo burger (Frank) and pancake/eggs (Vicki). During the days drive we saw a Moose with calf and some deer. The road was good with no construction. We stayed in Fort Nelson for the night at a very run down campground – Westend, that I can not recommend. We did some walking to get out the kinks and visited a museum that was...

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Jun 6, 2009 - Fort Nelson, BC

We started out day out by stopping for fuel 15km north of Dawson Creek, BC. As you can tell from the picture, the gas station is just a gravel pull-off. The diesel was $84.9 a liter. A couple hours down the road we spotted our first moose. She was walking a longside the road. As we slowed to take her picture, she ran into the woods. We spotted her about a mile away and were able to slowdown in time to get her picutre. Afterwards we crossed the Peace River. This is were we saw our first glimse of the Alaskan Pipeline. We have stopped for...

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Jun 4, 2009 - Sikanni River RV Park - Fort St. John BC

Miles Today: 171 Day: 35 Total Miles: 3633 Not a long drive today. The drive was mostly not very exciting, but it finally turned nice towards the end. We stopped for the night at Sikanni River RV park. This is a very rustic place where they generate their own electricity since it is so far from civilization. We had full hookups, but the electricity was only 15amp, and it was very weak. So we had to run our generators whenever we wanted to use the microwave or any other big appliance. We have a view of the Sikanni river out our windshield...

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