Originally Posted by Lenmar
So true abou the roads to and from Alaska!!! Just go slow and enjoy the journey! Lower 48 roads are a lot worse!
I've been on some very bad roads in the lower 48, but nothing comes close to what I just went through on the Alaska Highway the last couple of days, but particularly the last several miles beyond Destruction Bay. I forgot the distant, but it must have been 30 miles of dust, then mud, then dust again, etc. The washboard was as bad as I've ever driven through. There was no slow speed that the entire coach didn't shake very badly on much of it. When we crossed the border yesterday the dust inside our coach was in every drawer, and every surface. Several clothing items had to be washed. We spent several hours last night and this morning cleaning everything inside and out.
I had purchased padded material to protect my tow's windshield, head lights, grill, and radiator, but when we reached the first bad section or road, we didn't think it was going to be so bad, so I didn't install any of it. Then we were all of a sudden on the long bad section before I knew it and we didn't install anything. A person we spent the night beside the night before insisted that I remove my rear mud flap, but I didn't get that done either. End result, no damage to the coach (except for a couple new squeeks), or the pickup that I tow, except for dirt.
Having said all of that, our first full day in Alaska has been very exciting and the views specticular. We are in Valdez right now looking out on the bay, and watching the eagles. Hopefully much of the road construction will be completed before we return in 3 months. If not, the ferry is looking very good right now.