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Old 06-12-2014, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Just wanted to update that we made this trip very successfully. Only rough spot was leaving our headlights on in Kansas, so we came out to a dead battery. A quick call to AAA and that was fixed!

Good call and thanks to stiffneckd for the advice to gas up at Bell II. It was the only stop for a long way to get gas. Their sandwiches were good too, even at $12 a pop.

The worst haul by far was Whitehorse to Tok. The road from Destruction Bay on was pretty gross. The bright spot of the day was a little hotdog/ice cream takeaway in Haines Junction, which was overall a very pretty and nice little town.
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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Oh great. Welcome to Alaska. Thanks for updating us. So many times people come to ask questions and then we never hear from them again. I always wonder how things went.
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Old 06-15-2014, 03:49 PM
 
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I'm driving from Memphis to the Kenai Peninsula in mid/late May. Are these stops feasible? I have no doubt about the lower 48 driving, but I'm not sure if I can realistically travel, for example, from Iskut to Whitehorse in one day. Pulling a trailer so fairly slow travel.

Any feedback would be appreciated!


- Shelby, Montana to Jasper, Alberta (489 mi)
- Jasper to Smithers, BC (463 mi)
- Smithers to Iskut, BC (320 mi)
- Iskut, BC to Whitehorse, YT (456 mi)
- Whitehorse to Tok, AK (386 mi)
- Tok to Kenai Peninsula (~463 mi)
I have driven the highway over 30 times, with trailer and without. I do not think your route is feasible. These are not interstates. They are slow, windy mountain roads in many sections. I wouldn't plan on going much over 300 miles per day.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Hi Mizzile, two posts back in this thread I let everyone know that we made the route just fine. Most days we drove from around 9am till 6 or 7 pm. It was a very easy trip.
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:12 PM
 
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Oh gosh well I stand corrected.

"easy" is not something I would EVER say about that road especially with a trailer.
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:55 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Depends on so many factors, eh? Weather, road maintenance, even other drivers. I grew up and learned how to drive on VERY curvy, mountainous roads, so maybe that helped me out. Also I probably had really good luck.

We pulled a 5' x 8' trailer. If you have a larger trailer, I would probably also recommend fewer miles daily, especially after you pass Calgary. Some of the highways have steep, curvy descents. If you build up some speed and try to maintain control going down those guys, you'll be in for a difficult time.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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Yay! So glad you made it safely! Welcome to the Kenai Peninsula Got your fishing license yet? Best of luck to you!
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