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Old 01-01-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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Been on the cruise,but would like to drive it. Like some help figuring out the best way. Would leave from Sacramento, Calif. around July 1 and be gone for 2-3 months. What to see and do and how to get there and back. Anyone with any suggestions? I have the Milepost book. Will be driving a 32' motorhome pulling a jeep. My wife and I are 67 years old and use to traveling alone. Are there any places we shopuld not go for safety reasons? Anyone out there been thinking of the same trip, but hesitant to go it alone.
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Old 01-01-2008, 09:10 PM   #2
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Been on the cruise,but would like to drive it. Like some help figuring out the best way. Would leave from Sacramento, Calif. around July 1 and be gone for 2-3 months. What to see and do and how to get there and back. Anyone with any suggestions? I have the Milepost book. Will be driving a 32' motorhome pulling a jeep. My wife and I are 67 years old and use to traveling alone. Are there any places we shopuld not go for safety reasons? Anyone out there been thinking of the same trip, but hesitant to go it alone.
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Old 01-02-2008, 02:17 AM   #3
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Root, there have been many posts in the past about Alaska, You can do a search by clicking on the "Find" button; enter the criteria, uncheck the small box and it will search the entire forum for posts made. I hope to one day be able to make the treck too!
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:52 AM   #4
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root: HELLO. My wife, Lynette, and I just returned from our first trip to Alaska and had the same questions and concerns you expressed. I'm 62 and, she's 60 and we took our 40' pusher and Honda Element tow car (with canoe on top and bikes inside). We did not travel with anyone, but, as you, wondered if it would be a good thing to do. Believe us, you do NOT need to be concerned about going solo (w/o a group) as you'll meet others and will likely (by accident) find you're meeting those same new acquaintenances all along your way. Anyway, just for an example, we made our way to Dawson Creek, BC and began from there. Went up the Alaska Hwy. to Whitehorse, Yukon (just poked along stopping overnight here and there). Then from Whitehorse we left the Alaska Hwy. and went North on the "Klondike" Hwy. up to spend a few days in Dawson City. It's worth seeing!! Then we crossed the Yukon River at Dawson City on free ferry (easy to use) and drove West to the Alaska border and on to Chicken Alaska. Stay a night or two in Chicken. Then drove from Chicken SW back to the Alaska Hwy. and into Tok, Alaska. Then NW to Fairbanks for a week. Then to Denali Park for a few days. Then to Talkeetna for a short stay, and then drove through Palmer, Anchorage and out to stay at Seward on the BEAUTIFUL Kenai. After week in Seward drove East on Kenai over to Homer, for awhile before heading back NE through Anchorage for a short stay in Palmer, Alaska. Then...E. to GlennAllen and S. to Valdez for a week, before returning NNE to Tok and back SE to Kluane Lake and on to Haines Jct. then S. to a couple weeks in Haines. When leaving Haines, we hopped Alaska ferry for short run over to Skagway (where you've likely already been on your cruise), but then took Whitehorse Hwy. N. then NE to Teslin, Yukon, then took Cassier Hwy. S. to Stewart,BC/Hyder, Alaska (DON'T MISS HYDER and do drive up to the Salmon Glacier with your jeep). Salmon glacier is SPECTACULAR and ya don't really need a jeep to take the gravel road to the glacier..our Honda did fine. Then it was S. from Stewart/Hyder to Prince George and So. to Washington state. Didn't mean to bore you with summary but only to give ya a idea of how we did it and will try to answer any questions ya might have about areas we visited. I'd suggest removing the big mud flap from rear of your MH (if ya have one) since there are some stretches of gravel and that flap sprays pebbles back onto your tow. NOW....if ya have specific questions, just ask. By the way..we NEVER encountered an area on the whole trip where we felt ANY safety or security issue...and...we're reasonably sensitive to that concern as you also mentioned. GO AHEAD and do the trip. It's absolutely fabulous and although there are sections of the route where you'll need to poke along at around 30 mph because of sharp dips/cracks etc., if ya take your time, being flexible, enjoying the adventure and scenery, YOU'LL LOVE IT. Have fun. Write if ya have questions. Steve & Lynette
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I noticed you only have a few posts...and I don't remember welcoming you previously...so I want to first wish you a belated welcome to iRV2. I do feel you will be able to get many answers to many different types of questions here...because this forum has some of the friendliest & most knowledable RVers out there.

I can tell you when my in-laws did the solo Alaska trip...they went with no hesitation and they were older then you are. The few things they did not do...

1.They did NOT take their time (they were only gone for 28 days-and that was also from Sacramento)

2.They did NOT use the Milepost like they should have. (They were less than 10 miles from one of the largest icebergs...and didn't know it! )

3.They did NOT see Denali State Park. It was foggy so they didn't stay.

Anyway...I hope you enjoy your trip. I am quite envious...You can also stop by the ""Troll Station" on your way through Eugene to visit a former Sacramento gal! (You can go to the Monaco forum to find out about the Troll )


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