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Old 03-09-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Old 03-09-2017, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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No way. This time of year, you're likely to run into freeze-and-melt road conditions, moose are going to be by the sides of the roads because it's been a rough winter and they're looking for forage. This isn't the time of year to be in a hurry. And what Warpt said. My father and niece were stuck at Customs for 10 hours a couple of years back -- get that letter of consent and have it notarized. I'm not sure how useful GPS is in remote locations...I'd toss it out the window and get a copy of the Milepost. Seriously, I'd fly.

GPS works fine in remote areas. It gets signals from 24 satellites that are positioned in such a manner as to provide worldwide coverage. I use it to let me know how far I am from my next stop.
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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One more thing...on my 90's trip from Alaska into Canada and back into the US, my car was packed with items that were leftover from the moving van. I was stopped at the Alaska/Canadian border where my entire car was searched, with almost every item removed and inspected. Took about 90 minutes. Mind you, this was well before 9/11, in fact it was in September 1998. Not sure, but there was little traffic at this border, and I think they just needed something to do.
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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One more thing...on my 90's trip from Alaska into Canada and back into the US, my car was packed with items that were leftover from the moving van. I was stopped at the Alaska/Canadian border where my entire car was searched, with almost every item removed and inspected. Took about 90 minutes. Mind you, this was well before 9/11, in fact it was in September 1998. Not sure, but there was little traffic at this border, and I think they just needed something to do.
Things have changed a lot since your trip 17 years ago.....
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Old 03-09-2017, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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Things have changed a lot since your trip 17 years ago.....
Have they? How so? Please explain.
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Old 03-10-2017, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Have they? How so? Please explain.
The entire Alcan is paved. Customs Canada still jerks people around depending on their attitude at the border. More parts parts of the road have cell phone access, not all but more.
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Old 03-11-2017, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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OK, thanks. The highway was mostly paved back in '98, but there were dirt sections, again, I think it was just construction. Canadian customs singled me out for some reason, I was a middle-aged male traveling alone but nobody was else in line, so I think I was singled out just because. Yes, it slowed me down, but since they found nothing I took it as a victory, despite the delay, but unfortunately a negative memory of Canada.
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Old 03-17-2017, 02:47 PM
 
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Did you end up driving, and how did it go? I'm considering heading out on the same journey this weekend with my three year old, from Anchorage to Portland and back. Sent you a friend request to hear details and tips if you don't mind?
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Old 03-17-2017, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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We'll be on the road in leaa than two weeks. Right now it looks like the entire portion of the highway in the YT is still covered with snow. I sure hope it melts within the next two weeks!
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Old 03-17-2017, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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Depends on YT snow removal, which unfortunately I have no idea about. But I think you should be fine. If you have good snow tires you won't have problems, just perhaps slower driving. Overall, though, I think we are late enough in the season where the road will be OK. Those folks up there rarely close the roads...but you need to have good snow tires at times.
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