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Old 11-01-2007, 08:55 AM
 
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Question driving to anchorage

Ive been applying for jobs recently and could be moving sometime late this year or early next year. What is the earliest that one can make the drive without dying?
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Old 11-02-2007, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
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Too Much! I guess there is always a chance a dying...

I have taken the Alcan on a motorcycle as early as April. I drven in a vehicle in November/December. A car in April totally fine. I would say your best time is April if you are worried about road closures and too much snow/weather. April will still give you some great snow and cold but will be alright for driving. Any earlier than March and I would hope you have a good 4x4 and cold weather driving experiance in case of bad weather. Keep in mind that there really are stretches that time of year for 150+ miles with no services or people in site. Oh and US cell phones rarley work on any stretch through Canada.

Lot's of service stations/motels do not even open until May. Be prepared to make it to the bigger towns/cities.

Otherwise I know plenty off people that have driven, like myself, in Nov and Dec. The worst time would be late Jan/Feb. That's when it's at its coldest and chance for the most snow causing trouble. Storm driving the Alcan is not a lot of fun and a small car is not a good idea.

Best of luck and let me know if you have any questions. I have traveled back and forth from Anchorage to California too many times.
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Utopia
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Just a word of warning, and I am sure this board has suggestions on this: A friend of mine, a real nature lover, drove from Illinois thru Canada to Alaska. His car had so many chips in the paint after going thru gravel roads in Canada, he had to have it repainted when he got back home in Illinois. I have no idea what roads he took, but I would certainly map out a better route, if possible, before driving there.
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Old 11-02-2007, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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When did he drive up? I drove it in August this year and the whole road was paved with the exception of the Kluane Lake area where they are rebuilding the road. I have no paint chipping issues with it other than buying a new windshield when I bought my truck down in Seattle a couple of years ago. A semi kicked up a pebble they set down on top of snow to get traction. You have a chance of dying anywhere when you drive. The Alcan is a great road and the Canadians take good care of it in the winter. I've done this trip 13 times now.
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Old 11-02-2007, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
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When did he drive up? I drove it in August this year and the whole road was paved with the exception of the Kluane Lake area where they are rebuilding the road. I have no paint chipping issues with it other than buying a new windshield when I bought my truck down in Seattle a couple of years ago. A semi kicked up a pebble they set down on top of snow to get traction. You have a chance of dying anywhere when you drive. The Alcan is a great road and the Canadians take good care of it in the winter. I've done this trip 13 times now.

They have been rebuilding that area for years. I was on my motorcycle in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and that was the worst part every year. it was just soggy dirt that my tires went about 6 inches into...Oh the Alcan...I love it.
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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When they get done with the corner south of Destruction Bay, that part is going to be so nice. I remember when it was very narrow and twisty, very dangerous with traffic coming the other way. My first drive was in 1995 just before they started straightening the highway, very nauseating...I love the Alcan!
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Lala Land Montana
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Buy the magazine called the mile post . It is advertised in Alaska magazine and you can order it a most bookstores wherever you are. It is a great guide for the alcan, telling you where the resturants and fuel stations motels etc. are. Don't leave home without it! Plus it gives you a mile by mile report of what you will see, and places to visit while you are on your trip.
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