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Old 10-02-2014, 03:43 PM
 
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I "roamed" in Canada on Verizon and had better service there than I did after I got into Alaska, and my bill was not insane or anything but I don't remember how much it was. Whatever the roaming charges were they were insignificant and I talked on the phone (with a bluetooth thingy) with my cousin and one of my sisters much of the drive up to keep myself alert because I was making time to beat the weather and to arrive before my cousin left for Colorado. Four days from Tehachapi to North Pole, not counting one lost travel day in Humboldt County to get my radiator looked at. Same time of year... I made the trip 12 October - 16 October last year.

Be mindful of Canadian Thanksgiving and early fuel station closures. That would have jammed me up in Iskut but I had plenty of fuel in the back of my truck. Didn't know they did Thanksgiving.
Some Verizon plans have Canada calling, I have an old plan that doesn't. .79/minute is what I get charged. I can TEXT all I want though. The price I pay for an unlimited data plan... Since I rarely go to Canada, that is more valuable than switching for a rare event.

In this case, better to ask first, rather than try to beg for forgiveness as forgiveness could cost you.
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:50 PM
 
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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I have and it involved quite the pucker factor when Moose on 2 separate occasions ran in front of us. If I ended up in the same position again, I would wait on the side of the road until daylight. (All the hotels were booked in Watson, but not at the Northern Rockies Lodge. Didn't make it while it was still light out.
Yeah, I don't have antilock brakes, so I didn't make good time in the dark on that section of road. Robert had warned me about large animals and logging trucks. I didn't run into any log trucks, but I didn't realize it was a holiday until I was halfway through that piece of road.
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Don't drive between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake at night, lots of critters on the road in between. And you'd miss some great scenery.
Hell, I'd say that for most of the whole route.
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:22 AM
 
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Agreed DO NOT DRIVE AT NIGHT. You will hit something.
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I just make it a habit along my drives across the Alcan to stop at whatever town I'm at to stop around sundown or soon after. Less chance of you slamming into something.

Do slow down whenever you see a semi coming your way, they do have a tendency of throwing whatever is on the highway at your nice windshield.
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I've done the Alcan 5 times, and every time we've had two drivers and drove around the clock, stopping only for gas and to switch out drivers. So you can drive it in the dark. It's more risky, but it's doable.
One of the times it was a full moon with clear skies. With the moonlight reflecting off of the snow, it was bright enough to not use headlights (but I did...).
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Appalachian Mountains
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I have and it involved quite the pucker factor when Moose on 2 separate occasions ran in front of us. If I ended up in the same position again, I would wait on the side of the road until daylight. (All the hotels were booked in Watson, but not at the Northern Rockies Lodge. Didn't make it while it was still light out.

That place is expensive!
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Old 10-03-2014, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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That place is expensive!
Very! So is the food.
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Old 10-04-2014, 03:09 AM
 
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Interesting to see so many "Do not drive at night!" posts. I guess it depends on one's preferences.
Night driving can keep one focused on the road rather than being distracted by scenery. It's very easy to see when someone's approaching from either direction. If your vehicle puts out enough light then the road becomes nicely illuminated once you have snow cover (though the OP probably won't for at least half of the route). Sun glare isn't an issue. Fewer (slow) drivers on the road.

I recommend renting a sat phone and keeping it on your body. The last thing you want to do is search for the phone if you roll your vehicle and it's on fire. Not that this will happen, but it could, so be prepared.
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