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May 9, 2016 - East Coast Trip Delay

Waiting to get started on our 5 week trip heading all the way to Washington DC. Fifth Wheel has a problem with brake or should I say the truck and the fifth wheel are not responding to one another with the braking system. Truly do not want to go anywhere without thoroughly checking out everything. Bob is at Norman Frede Chevrolet. Hope to get some good news soon so we can get this trip on the road!!! Got everything checked out and hit the road around 1:30 pm. We were to meet our friends Mike and Anne Clayton this morning around 8:00 in a...

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May 9, 2016 - On the road again

On the road with an early start. Our friends are delayed due to problems with their rig. Traffic on I-10 was heavy as usual and we had a gusty 25 mph cosswind. Tonight we are on the shores of the Tchefuncte River at Fairview Riverside State Park. We had nice dinner at a local restaurant and our friends arrived just after sunset.

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Aug 22, 2011 - Haines

After Valdez, our next major destination was Haines, where we would begin our travels on the Alaska ferries down the inside passage. It took us three days to drive to Haines since much of the highway was poor quality and required driving slowly. We'd been warned repeatedly that the stretch of road between Tok and Haines Junction was terrible. Sure enough, it was. Monty drove very slowly, especially on the gravel portions. When a truck approached from the opposite direction, he pulled over as far as he could get and almost came to a stop. We...

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Aug 19, 2011 - Valdez

The drive to Valdez, pronounced Val-Deez, is one "wow" moment after another. The scenery is gorgeous with mountains and swift-running rivers and wonderful vistas from mountain passes. Our new rv friends from VA, Jeanne and Larry, had arrived a day ahead of us, and we were looking forward to spending more time with them. We met them for dinner that first night and afterwards they drove us 7 miles out of town to the fish hatchery, where nature was putting on a show for interested humans. Thousands of salmon were bunched near a weir, trying...

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Aug 17, 2011 - Anchorage and Back to Talkeetna

Should we make a stop in Anchorage? After some debate back and forth, we decided we would spend a couple of days in Alaska's largest city. Much to our surprise, we liked Anchorage! It turned out to be very visitor friendly. Our rv park was only about a mile from downtown so we were able to walk and not worry about parking the truck camper. Once we found the visitor's center, we were able to take a free shuttle to the Heritage Center, which is devoted to explaining the lifestyles and cultures of the various Native American tribes in Alaska....

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Aug 6, 2011 - The Kenai Peninsula

The drive to Homer was scenic with much of the route on the Sterling Highway running along the coastline of Cook Inlet. Arriving at Homer, we drove to the Spit, a long narrow tongue of land extending 4 1/2 miles and barely a quarter of a mile wide if that. The Spit is difficult to describe. It's junky, funky, commercial, and where the visitors flock to browse in shops, book a fishing trip, hang out in the bars. Here is where the very large small boat harbor is located. True to form, we walked the docks of the harbor and inspected all the...

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Jul 27, 2011 - Heading down to the Kenai Peninsula

From Denali, we headed south on the Parks Hwy, working our way down to the Kenai Peninsula, which seems to be most people's favorite part of Alaska. "Most people" includes Alaskans. Our immediate destination was Wasilla, where we would have the oil changed in the Ford truck, but we took a side road off the Parks Hwy and drove 14 mi. to the picturesque little town of Talkeetna, which is known as the take off point for mountain climbers bent on ascending Mt. McKinley. The climbers take a short plane trip to the base camp. In Talkeetna we had...

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Jul 12, 2011 - Fairbanks and Denali

Departing from Tok, pronounced to rhyme with "joke," we headed toward Fairbanks, which is located in the heart of the Alaska interior. The city population is around 32,000 and the borough population is roughly 98,000. Along the way we stopped at Delta Meats & Sausage in the middle of nowhere and sampled different kinds of reindeer sausage produced on the premises. We purchased some summer sausage and breakfast sausage and stowed it in the refrigerator before continuing on our route. In Fairbanks, we drove to Rivers Edge Rv Park where we...

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Jul 2, 2011 - Dawson City and Into Alaska

On DAY 24 we left Whitehorse and set out for Dawson City. Some miles along we saw a sign for Lake Laberge, which is pronounced to rhyme with "barge." The lake is featured in a Robert Service poem. There was also a sign for Mom's Bakery, which is mentioned in the Milepost book, our travel Bible for this trip. We turned onto the paved road, passed Mom's and took a look at Lake Laberge, which is quite lovely. On the way back to the highway, we stopped at Mom's. She turned out to be a very likable woman who bakes her loaves of bread in a wood...

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Jun 21, 2011 - Heading North

We departed on May 17, a beautiful spring day that made us wonder, "Why are we leaving?" We were dressed in summer attire and Carolyn was wearing sandals, which were soon to be stored away in the closet. The next day it began to rain and we travelled in rain for days afterward. We saw the flooded MS river in Memphis and flooded fields in MO, and IA. We arrived in Eden, SD, in the rain. By now we were wearing jeans and light jackets. After visiting Walt Barr in Eden (sorry we missed you, Georgia!), we continued north through ND and MT, where...

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