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Old 01-28-2015, 11:29 AM   #15
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I'm retired but, DW still working. She is off for summer for 35 days. Am I asking too much to go to Ak from Pa. and be back for her to start work in 35 days? From what I've read the roads are slow going if I don't want my MH to not be trashed. Got to take advantage of the cheep fuel because we all know it won't last. Two years from now she will be retired and we'll have all the time but, can't count on fuel prices to be this low so it may not be in the budget....! I Know we'll miss some stuff but, would it still be worth it? Anyone taken a shorter trip to AK? If so what route did you take?😀 Any suggestions would be appricated. I'm set to go one way or the other. May not have the opportunity in the future so like my boats name I'll "seas the moment" and his just do it now...!
What distance/time is your comfort level in driving in one day?

Where in PA is your starting point?

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Old 01-28-2015, 12:59 PM   #16
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I don't know what your normal tolerance for driving is. If there are no sightseeing stops, 600 miles a day does not bother me. All that is out the window on the Alaska highway. If you are in a hurry, you will be miserable. You can encounter long caravans of slow moving RVs and trucks and trying to move any faster can be frustrating and dangerous. I repeat, if you are in a hurry, you will be miserable.

With the time constraint, if it were me, I would go for something shorter - maybe across to Michigan, up to Saulte Set Marie and along the north shore of Lake Superior. Then out to Calgary, Banff and then down through Montana, Yellowstone and back home.

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Yup, Done that. Toledo Ohio all the way to Prudhoe Bay (Deadhorse) Alaska.

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We started our trip about 2 weeks before Memorial Day weekend. Any sooner than that, and most places will still be closed for he winter.

After Memorial Weekend, the tourist (and mosquitoes) are in full force.

Put new tires on the vehicles, and you won't have any problems.

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If you are committed to going in that short period of time, I would select a couple of locations in Alaska to visit. We went this past summer and may return as soon as 2016. But we will spend most of our time in Valdez and Homer. The drive will be spectacular and the long daylight hours can lull you into driving much longer than you should. If 35 days is the most time you have available, make your long driving days in the lower 48. You will love this trip even with the limited time.
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We drove our dually W/ 40' er to Alaska from Indiana and back. Total mileage when I pulled in our driveway was just under 10,000 miles. We were part of a caravan which met in Great Falls, MT.; took 48 days to AK and back to WA. There was so much we did not get to see, we look forward to going by ourselves for 3 months.
With your very limited timeframe, don't even consider driving "top of the world highway", er, mud road.

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