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Old 07-13-2009, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Homer Ak.
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Is this schedule to ambitious?
Leaving Salt lake city sunday am. stopping in
Calgary for night. to
Fort Nelson for night
Haines Junction for night
Anchorage for night
to Homer thursday afternoon.

I know its lotsa long driving hours a few of those days but want to make Homer with a full weekday to make sure utilities etc are ready like they should be.
Not sure if all the mountain driving is doable with daylight hours available. Ohh should have said we only want to drive while its light so leaving at dawn every day.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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It's doable, the stretch from Calgary to Fort Nelson is one long stretch! As is Fort Nelson to Haines Junction. When we came back up from Montana, I drove from Livingston to Merritt, BC. From Merritt BC we got to Wonowon, BC (just outside of Fort St. John) all the way to Beaver Creek, YT. From there we got to Anchorage around 5pm, in time to make my flight home. That's a lot of driving, but it's doable.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Salt Lake-Calgary.....887 miles

Calgary-Fort Nelson.....830 miles

Fort Nelson-Haines Jct.....686 miles

Haines jct-Anchorage.....610 miles

Anchorage-Home.....223 miles

Doable. Don't drive from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake at night, lots of critters. In the lower part of your drive in the plains, lots of deer at night, too.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:44 PM
 
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You got to remember that driving the Alcan isn't like driving in the lower 48. Back in my younger days, I made many x-country trips between the East and West Coasts. Back then, such a trip was also "do-able" in three or four days as it was possible to drive close to 1000 miles a day because I had flat, straight interstates where you could set the crusie control at 75 and zone out for 12 - 16hrs and, most importantly, I was 20 years old! Back then limiting factor was either the capacity of my fuel tank or my bladder.

The road up here isn't a multilane, flat highway. It's effectively thousands of miles of winding country road. Sure, on paper 800+ miles per day is theorhetically "doable", so is running a marathon I guess, but damn...

Just my $0.02
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Homer Ak.
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Thank you ! i appreciate it and will be very carefull to not drive at night. If i have to shorten it a bit i have some room on the last day to make it up.

I told the wife if you didnt approve i would change the plans LOL. Main worry now is Calgary to Ft. Nelson all in daylight. If it looks even close will stop at Ft. St. John and then shorten next days drive too.

Appreciated Moose... thats why im asking. And why i left the last day so light.. so i had room for error. Worse comes to worse we stay in a motel a couple nights in Homer but the wife really wants to be set up for work the following Monday so thats why we are trying to push it.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Moose, when was the last time you drove it? It's a pretty good road now, a lot of the bends were straightened and it's pretty damn good until you get to the last 100 miles of the Canadian part where the heaves are.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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How to Drive to Alaska in the Summer - ExploreNorth
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Oh, when do you leave for Alaska?
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:04 PM
 
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Moose, when was the last time you drove it? It's a pretty good road now, a lot of the bends were straightened and it's pretty damn good until you get to the last 100 miles of the Canadian part where the heaves are.
Back in 07, but yea, I'm certainly not saying it isn't possible, just that trying to stick to a really tight schedule on anything less than super-highway can be pretty demanding. As SoCal says, he's not not leaving much room for error, but those little things like traffic, border crossings, construction, critters on the roads, etc have a habbit of wreaking havoc on such a tight timeline. I personally would split those first two days into three or four, but that's just me.

In any even't, SoCal, have a great trip. I'm sure your excited to finally get up here. So that helps with all of the driving too!
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Homer Ak.
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Oh, when do you leave for Alaska?
Leaving this Saturday to pick-up my niece in Salt Lake. Crossing into Canada on sunday.
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