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Old 10-02-2014, 02:58 AM
 
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I will be on the Alaskan Highway from Oct 16th to the 20th or so, is there a site that monitors the weather along the route from Seattle? Kind of give us an idea of what to expect along the way and what the forcast is going to be? I did a search but didn't come up with what I am looking for.

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Old 10-02-2014, 09:00 AM
 
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Yep. Wartpman & Stiffneck have given you the best ones... And if you don't already have it, I'd recommend having The MILEPOST: Alaska Travel Guide and Trip Planner .
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:12 AM
 
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Nice thing is that those sites also have webcams links on them so you can actually SEE what the road looks like in certain spots. Problem is that once I get into Canada my cell phone and data capabilities seem to disappear quick. And make sure you have a Canada plan if you plan on using them too. So I make sure to check things out prior to leaving the hotel in the morning - assuming I stopped at one.

Also, if someone drives into a gas station coming from the other direction, stop and ask them. You can also ask the gas station clerk. You can also pass along what you ran into.
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Old 10-02-2014, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Bethel, 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.
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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Nice thing is that those sites also have webcams links on them so you can actually SEE what the road looks like in certain spots. Problem is that once I get into Canada my cell phone and data capabilities seem to disappear quick. And make sure you have a Canada plan if you plan on using them too. So I make sure to check things out prior to leaving the hotel in the morning - assuming I stopped at one.

Also, if someone drives into a gas station coming from the other direction, stop and ask them. You can also ask the gas station clerk. You can also pass along what you ran into.
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.
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:39 PM
 
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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.
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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Oh I forgot to mention, I did not want to use a bunch of data while roaming so I would call my sister and have her look up the weather along my route for me and my cousin would tell me what was happening in Alaska. That worked for me, but if you have a signal and are not worried about data charges I'm sure doing it on your own would be easier.

I made sure that my family all knew my planned route and timing, had my driver's license #, vin# and make, model and year of my truck, license plate#, passport# in case anything happened on my trip. Actually, I do that anytime I travel... Unfortunately I learned the hard way that it is important for family to have that information in the event of an emergency and I recommend it, especially when traveling internationally. At the beginning and end of each day I check in with a designated person: "Arrived in Watson Lake." In the morning I check in again: "Departing Watson Lake 0800 destination Whitehorse 1500" or whatever.
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