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Old 06-15-2009, 12:55 PM
 
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I am finally ready to do my big move and am taking 3 vehicles up, one a monster. I am trying to decide whether to head up toward Dawson Creek from Prince George or head west toward the #37 to pick up the Alaskan. I've been on '37 a number of times in the last 12 years, the last in 07. If I recalled, they have been continously improving/repaving starting from the South. Do any of you have the latest on how far up they have gone? I should hit Prince George by the 28th of June. I am looking online to see what diesel prices are at 'George but it would help if someone has the latest scoop.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Just take the Alcan and you'll be fine. There is a bunch of construction on Highway 97 south of Prince George, a lot of places being widened and also a couple of bridge rebuilding. There are some delays but not that long when I drove up last month. Of course in the Yukon the farther north you go you will run into construction, too. From Sheep Mountain and up past Destruction Bay. They were working on the road from south of Bear Valley, fixing the heaves up to the border. There was construction on the Alaska side after you go through Port Alcan and they're putting in a new bridge that crosses the Tanana River.
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Old 06-15-2009, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, Ca
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I drove the Cassiar in 'ought five, it was beautiful, early may, and very quiet. we were in a Jeep Cherokee, but any passenger car would have had no problems. there was a wonderful little campground on a lake just a short distance up the highway that had great fishing. we were packed full, so we didn't pick up any of the hitchers along the way but I seem to remember more hitch hikers along the Cassiar than the entire rest of the trip combined.

Which ever way you go, enjoy, it is a wonderfull drive.
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:57 AM
 
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Thanks Guys, As it has turned out, I need to go into Watson Lake to visit and have some engine work done on my 30 ton wood splitter and chain saw. I save only about 50 miles going up the Cassiar. It probably was destiny anyway.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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That way you can hop in the Laird Hot Springs, too!
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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Thanks Warpt'. I'll do that. The last time I was there, I had my bro-in-law who was in a wheel chair, and sis w/me. Though temporary, it must have help him. We put the 'chair away after a couple of days. How is the weather your way?
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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It's on the cloudy side. There was a forest fire between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake the other week that had the road closed for a few days. I haven't heard anything on it for a while or if it got contained.

All Current Wildfires - Protection Branch - Ministry of Forests and Range - Province of British Columbia
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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The road between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake has intermittent closures due to a forest fire.

Drive BC
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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NEW RULES OF THE ROAD PROTECT EMERGENCY WORKERS' SAFETY
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:43 AM
 
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Most of the rules are common sense, something some people lack. Just the other day, as I was driving to my old business place, a hot rodder thought it was funny to spook a horse and rider by gearing down so all can hear his engine whine. Fortunately, the rider was apparently fairly experience and was able to control his frisky horse. Then there are the ones who try to see how close they can come to a road worker w/o hitting him
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