1978... was the last time I drove the Alascan HWY from Edmonton and as far as I remember the pavement stopped when I got of HWY 16 (Yellowed) first it was great graded and packed gravel roads and those slowly (But Very Surely) became more degraded every mile as I got further north! these trips where in winter and spring
And then there where the "NEW" pieces of coarse that where the cutofs loosing a bad corner and to straighten out the road but it often had to be build through SWAMP, base work was done ??? as best they could or so we where told
but you never knew if you where going to make it or disapear into a massive 120'x20' mudhole
and without any warning other then some massive groaning and a splash!
OH Sorry, We'll pull you right through!
Or you where one of the last ones to go through the old hairpin curve around one of those swamps they where trying to eliminate and right behind you they changed the sign for traffic to go over the almost improved section eliminating 1300 yards of curves and bog where you where now stuck!!!!! and they had all forgotten about you so you got to plough through 2' of clay trying to find the forman to get someone to pull you out
So that approximately describes the last two trips hauling up there for McCleod's Hardware Stores. Night driving while the water trucks spayed water on the road so the graders could cut it.
Pitch dark, often the road was just wide enough for two rigs, and at night if you did nothing more that trading some paint or crome on the mirror frames!!! ALL WAS GREAT !!!
Now so many years later I'm planning my trip back up to Alaska, with our RV The EAGLE,
From what I've heard the roads are a lot better and I am not to worried about that part.
I do want to make sure we're prepared well since we plan on doing a lot of boon docking.
That means Solar, Tools, Fluids, Filters, spares, even a high tech compost toilet to save fresh water and expand grey water capacity!
Always cleaning keeps
my head clear