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Aug 25, 2016 - travel to Tok, AK

Aug 25 Tok, AK is our next stop, 256 miles and 8 hours. More road construction. On the way, we stopped at ST Elias/Wrangle Mountains National Park. It is the largest national park in the nation. It was the 100th birthday for the national park service. We got cake and ice cream from the park. We didn’t know that Margaret shared the same birthday, but we know she is more than a quarter of a century younger than the park service. We stayed at Tok on our way to Fairbanks, so nothing new here. We went to dinner at the local restaurant next to...

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Aug 21, 2016 - Valdez to Tok, AK

August 21, 2016 Cannot we have been on the road for a month! Today we are backtracking north on the Richardson Hwy through Glennallen (population 514) and northeast on the TOK Cutoff to Tok, the down every car traveler has to pass through twice while visiting AK. Passing through the Glen Hwy junction we actually missed Glennallen where we intended to get gas as there is not much on the way to TOK. We again passed Pump Station number 12. Begun in 1975 the pipeline employed 30,000 workers at its peak and brought lasting changes to AK. The 48...

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Aug 14, 2016 - Back To Tok

Back to Tok, home of moose poop The drive to Tok was uneventful, the best kind of drive). I thought we would stop for one last visit to the Wrangell St. Elias NP and wanted to camp on Nebesma Road. Glenn wanted to go to Tok, I suggested that we detach the car and explore for a while then resume the drive to Tok. Well, things didn't work out and we continued our drive. We did encounter some beautiful views of the Wrangell Mountains, but then the clouds started coming in. For a change, it started to rain, which seems to happen everyday. The...

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Aug 14, 2016 - Leaving Dawson on way to Chicken and Tok, AK

Stopped at Chicken about mid-day. Had lunch at 'original Downtown' at Sue's Cafe. Pretty bad road over the 'Top of the World' highway. Took us about 7 hours to go 180 miles. Around 25 miles of gravel - not too bad - in Canada. Then another 25 of DIRT in Alaska. Very bumpy and rough. I drove for many miles at 10-25 mph. The ferry is free to cross the Yukon River at Dawson city. Boy,the current is fast in the Yukon. Oh, the town of Chicken has a good story with how it got it's name. They wanted to call it Ptarmigan (which is sort of a quail...

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2016 Trip to Alaska

Aug 10, 2016 - Day 45 Tok

Day 45 Sourdough campground. Mostly sunny today. Really rough road!!! Got into camper at campground and a chair had turned over (forgot to tie down), cabinet door opened and stuff on floor and a piece of decorative molding on the floor. Along with what it did to our insides as we bumped along. Makes for slow going. Hadn't stayed at this campground before. In a lot of trees, but sites are pretty narrow, though plenty long and level. They have a pancake toss every night. If you get a pancake in the bucket you get a free breakfast (he said...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Aug 3, 2016 - Depart Quartz Lake, headed to Tok

We departed Quartz Lake, headed to Tok, we arrived at Sourdough RV Park and took a spot for the night. We got here early enough in the day to get our laundry done; we met Bob & Diane in the laundry room, they are full time RV'ers who have been on the road for 3 years, they used to live in MN and now winter in Mesa AZ, they gave us their info on the place they stay and told us we should check it out. We all did the pancake toss that night at the campground, Ken won a free B-fast for the next morning, so of course we took advantage of that;...

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Alaska 2016

Aug 3, 2016 - To Tok, AK

We drove from Valdez to Tok today which took us across the Tok cut-off. This road was by far the worst we've encountered in our Canadian/Alaska adventure!!! The undulations on the road forced us to slow down to about 15 miles per hour in order to prevent damage to our truck and trailer. We spent the night at a very nice site at the Tok River Recreational Campground.

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Going Down MC's-LANE

Jul 31, 2016 - Destruction Bay YK to Tok, AK

July 31, 2016 Beautifully clear morning but only 51 degrees with wind off Kluane Lake. We left camp by 8:30 knowing that we were going to have bad road for most of the way today. Much of the soil along the northern Alaska Highway is of glacial and not suitable for road embankments. Anything that causes the permafrost to melt will cause the ice-rich soil to liquefy and settle or subside. Then if the soil freezes it will expand or heave. For this reason this stretch of road is always full of pot holes or is being repaired. We stopped in...

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Jul 30, 2016 - Eagle Trail campground near Tok

A long boring drive from anchorage too near Tok. We saw 3 Moose, a black bear, giant rabbits and cool volcanic mountain (Mt. Sanford). (right from Mile mark 176 of the Tok cutoff road.) One of the moose was a baby just playing in the river. The bear was pretty funny he was hanging a road sign just watching the traffic go buy. But mostly I am just thankful for audio books. I did get to play down by the creek at the campground.

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Jul 27, 2016 - Tok, Alaska

After a wonderful visit in Valdez, we decided to leave for Tok, Alaska on July 21st, but Joe was concerned about the fog on Thompson Pass which was the only way to go. It had rained during the night, but after talking to several people, Joe decided it would be all right. For a time we drove concentrating on the snow plow guideline poles, but eventually it cleared and we were fine. We drove to Tok, using the most direct route, the Tok Cut Off. The road was in terrible shape with bumps that were almost hills!!! This was every bit as bad as...

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Alaska Trip 2016

Jul 24, 2016 - Back to Tok

We had that pork roast last night for supper with mashed potatoes and corn. Yum. After smelling that roast cooking all day as I was driving, had me practically starved by the time we ate. Going to see about getting my chef a raise. :) It was raining when we got up this morning and it continued as we drove to Tok Gateway Church. We were surprised at how small it was, there were fewer than 20 people there and it was full. Very nice service and they insisted we stay for lunch which we did. It was very good, chicken enchiladas. We debated on...

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Jul 20, 2016 - Kluane to Tok Alaska

July 16th and 17th From Congdon Creek to Lake Creek. Stopped at the Burwash Landing Next day we plan a longer drive so we are up early and on the road to Tok, Alaska. This section of hwy is not too bad and the day is overcast but not to the point where we can’t see the surrounding mountains and lowlands. Before we get to Beaver Creek on the Canada Alaska boarder we see 2 adult moose off the side of the hwy and are able to get pictures of one of them before they disappear into the bush. Shortly after crossing the border into Alaska we came...

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