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Old 06-25-2009, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Heh, we are in fact past Liard, it was nice but we didn't dip cause it was pouring rain in buckets as we went through. Today was the worst of the construction delays. The fire is still smoldering but it didn't cause any delays, it looks as if it's all but out. What did cause delays was a long 5 mile stretch of gravel road with 0 visibility due to dust. I'd say all total today we probably had 45 min. added to the trip due to construction (Ft. Nelson to Whitehorse). Nothin' you can do except shut off the engine, get out and talk to the people ahead and behind ya and expect the added delay. All in all the delays this whole trip were less than I expected.

That gas station that has the gas prices "lower than Watson Lake" is called Contact Creek Lodge and it's about 35 miles South of Watson Lake. We paid $1.109 today. Most of the gas we've been buying recently before this place has been in the $1.159-$1.199 range (Fort Nelson - Whitehorse). For a reference most of the hotels do fill up quickly, we haven't been able to stay in a 2-star hotel/motel for less than $139 since we left Edmonton. In Edmonton I went with priceline name your own price and for $64 we stayed at the brand new Marriott River Cree Resort & Casino, it was awesome and their breakfast buffet is to die for ($12.95 - kids eat free).

Lil's Place in Whitehorse on main street has good burgers and great home made skin-on fries BTW.

Should be in Wasilla tomorrow night Thanks to all for the good advice and well wishes.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Heh, we are in fact past Liard, it was nice but we didn't dip cause it was pouring rain in buckets as we went through. Today was the worst of the construction delays. The fire is still smoldering but it didn't cause any delays, it looks as if it's all but out. What did cause delays was a long 5 mile stretch of gravel road with 0 visibility due to dust. I'd say all total today we probably had 45 min. added to the trip due to construction (Ft. Nelson to Whitehorse). Nothin' you can do except shut off the engine, get out and talk to the people ahead and behind ya and expect the added delay. All in all the delays this whole trip were less than I expected.

That gas station that has the gas prices "lower than Watson Lake" is called Contact Creek Lodge and it's about 35 miles South of Watson Lake. We paid $1.109 today. Most of the gas we've been buying recently before this place has been in the $1.159-$1.199 range (Fort Nelson - Whitehorse). For a reference most of the hotels do fill up quickly, we haven't been able to stay in a 2-star hotel/motel for less than $139 since we left Edmonton. In Edmonton I went with priceline name your own price and for $64 we stayed at the brand new Marriott River Cree Resort & Casino, it was awesome and their breakfast buffet is to die for ($12.95 - kids eat free).

Lil's Place in Whitehorse on main street has good burgers and great home made skin-on fries BTW.

Should be in Wasilla tomorrow night Thanks to all for the good advice and well wishes.
You have a safe rest of the trip, the last leg is hardest because in a hurry...take your time and if have to stop...do that...
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:18 AM
 
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Wishing you well on the final leg. Hope to meet you sometime. Welcome to Alaska, you're almost home.
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:35 PM
 
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Should be in Wasilla tomorrow night Thanks to all for the good advice and well wishes.
Sure, another one goes right thru Toledo and doesn't stop to kidnap me Sounds like you're having a decent trip so far, glad all was smooth!
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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We made it in last night. The road from Whitehorse to Wasilla is interesting to say the least! Let's just say the kids loved the frost heaves at 80 MPH. There was one going around a sharp left turn about 15 miles outside Whitehorse that just about soiled my pants, so yeah, watch out for the ones around the corners. When you're going straight they're fun for the first 15 miles, after you've hit 100 straight miles of frost heaves you'll be about sick of them.
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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We made it in last night. The road from Whitehorse to Wasilla is interesting to say the least! Let's just say the kids loved the frost heaves at 80 MPH. There was one going around a sharp left turn about 15 miles outside Whitehorse that just about soiled my pants, so yeah, watch out for the ones around the corners. When you're going straight they're fun for the first 15 miles, after you've hit 100 straight miles of frost heaves you'll be about sick of them.
Did it ever occur to ya that maybe ya should have slowed down?
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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Welcome to Alaska!
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Welcome home Quakinator! Now start posting pics!
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Wasilla
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Glad you made it safely!!!!
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:12 PM
 
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Good to hear from you. A lot of folks make the trip after posting here for months and disappear from the site. Welcome home and best of luck on your settling in to the Great Land.
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