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Jun 20, 2011 - Top of the World Highway to Chicken

The northwest takes great liberties with the word "highway." You've seen the Dempster Highway. Today, we had to make a decision as to whether or not we would try the Top of the World Highway. This route promises spectacular views along with a challenging road. It rained during the night, and we know what that does to dirt roads up here. Roland went to the visitors' center in Dawson to make inquiries about the condition of the road. They called the border crossing that is on the route and learned that there had been heavy rain during the...

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Alaska Bound

Jun 18, 2011 - June 15, 2011: Day 12-145 miles: Chicken, AK

We sleep in until 7:30. We leave the campsite at 9:30AM after a good breakfast. We ride the ferry back to Dawson City and go to the government free gold panning camp #6. Jan spends about an hour panning for gold but only finds some pretty rocks. Then we drive up the Dome Road and survey the town. Beautiful view. Then back to town and we go thru the Jack London cabin. Jack only spent one winter here but it gave him a lot of material for his books and stories. Jack got scurvy and had to go back to California. He died at age 40. We also saw...

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Aug 12, 2010 - Day 28/29 - Tok, AK and Chicken, AK

Day 28, August 11 was a day of normal housekeeping. Eddi and Marge did the laundry and I washed the coach, which had about 1000 miles of dust and mud on it. We did go over to the Tok Information Center and got some imformation and brochures about our future travel here in Alaska. The first photos are of a business,The Burnt Paw, in Tok with a grass roof. Marge noticed the lawnmower and took the photos. The Burnt Paw is a Gift Shop, Cabins and Bed and Breakfast. Day 29 - We spent the day traveling to Chicken, AK which is about 79 miles from...

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Cope's Trek

Aug 1, 2010 - Can you say Chicken Alaska

This afternoon we left for the next big adventure of our "Adventure" in Alaska by driving the Taylor Highway known as "Over the World Highway". This is about 160 mile dirt road with some very sharp turns and no guard rails. But there are some beautiful scenery along on this road, but yes you do drive it at about 25 miles per hour. We towed the jeep to our first stop known as "Chicken Alaska". This is a town with no electricity they have their own generator which creates all of their electricity and it gets turned off around 11pm and turned...

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Jul 31, 2010 - Chicken, AK

Campground: Chicken Gold Campground Before we left Tok we visited the Sourdough Campground Café for a great breakfast of sourdough pancakes, reindeer sausage, biscuits and gravy, pears and peaches. Oh my! Off we go to Chicken. The road is mostly paved and there are some tense moments for me with the drop-offs but basically it is an uneventful drive. The campground is quite nice but just really hard packed dirt. Downtown Chicken has 3 buildings-a gift shop, a saloon, and a café. They are all attached and the help runs between all three. Alex...

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North to Alaska 2010

Jul 18, 2010 - Chicken Alaska!

Today we took a day trip to Chicken, AK. The route to Chicken from Dawson City is closed due to a washout of the road but we were able to take the route from Tok after it was opened from a landslide. It has 125 citizens in the summer and can be as low as 8 during the winter. They still mine gold here but it the tourists who line the local businesses and pockets. Enjoyed a great BBQ chicken lunch. Soup of the day was chicken. How did the town get its name: the first few years there were gold miners there, they supplemented their winter food...

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Jul 6, 2010 - Back to Chicken and Tok Alaska

July 6, 2010 day 31 It rained heavily about 4 am this morning and there was thunder that woke me up. At least the rain was washing some of the dust off the truck. Carol and Stacy headed out about 8 am to drive to Chicken via the Top of the World hwy. The morning started out with high fog but cleared about 10 am. We spent the morning exploring more of Dawson before heading back the way we came. It was 1 pm by the time we were on the ferry for the return trip to Tok. About 10 miles out of Dawson we saw a moose and 2 babies in the middle of...

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Jul 4, 2010 - Chicken AK

I am posting this a day early anticipating we will be in Chicken on July 4th. It is July 3ed as I write this. I went gold panning today and had a good time but no gold. Today we did a walking tour of Dawson and I continue to learn how tough was for the poor fools who came up here in 1897 to get rich in gold. Most of the gents who did get rich did it by mining the miners.

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Off to Alaska Again

Jun 27, 2010 - OMG! Road to Chicken

Today we all left early because we had to line up to cross the Yukon River on a ferry - not a large ship but a ferry similar to those that cross the Mississippi River. When we crossed there was us and one other RV - so not too large. It didn't take took long, but the real adventure was waiting for us on the other side - the Top of the World Highway. Highway is a term they use very loosely in the part of the world - it was actually a narrow, winding, dirt and gravel road with few guardrails, soft shoulders, and stepp grades. It is a cloudy,...

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North to Alaska-2010

Jun 21, 2010 - June 21, Chicken Alaska

We broke camp at 8:25 this morning. We started up the Top of the World Highway under partly cloudy skies and were driving at about 25 MPH. The views were exceptional. Soon the clouds rolled in. We still had good views but it would have been better if the sud were out. As we neared the US boarder it began to rain. That wouldn't have been a problem except once we crossed the boarder the roan was dirt. The road became slippery. The RV became dirty and we slowed to 10 MPH. We arrived in Chicken about 3:00. We traveled 108 miles today. Sally saw...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Chicken, Alaska

We got a late start this morning and then had to wait in line for an hour to get the ferry across the Yukon River. We didn't do a lot of stopping on our way up the Taylor Highway, also known as the Top of the World Highway. And it doesn't take long to realize why they call it that. We started climbing immediately and continued to climb for mile after mile reaching a height of over 4,000 feet. We were actually driving across the tops of mountains. That is no lie. The Canadian side of the road is fairly well maintained. There are some...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Top of the World Highway to Chicken, AK

Well……we safely made it over the “Top of the World Highway” . For those unaware of this “highway” it is the only road that directly connects Dawson City, YT to Alaska, it is only open from spring when the ice clears the river to mid September. The TOW Highway is a narrow winding road with steep grades and very few guard rails. To get to the highway you must first cross the Yukon River by way of a small ferry. Once across the river we started our 108 mile ride to Chicken, Alaska. The road is mostly gravel, but has just unbelievable views...

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