Here are the Blogs in the Alaska Loop 2011
Thursday, 1 September 2011
The Alaska Loop covers an 8 week loop to Alaska in Jul-Aug 2011. The first 11 days cover the trip from Nashville north across the Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon to Anacortes, WA. We drove north on Vancouver Island to Port Hardy and took ferries to Haines Alaska arriving on Day 20. Our ...Read More...
Posted on 09/01/2011 8:57 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
56 days total
9,407 road miles + 741 water miles = 10,148 Total
550 gal diesel
16.79 avg mpg
$2,404 fuel cost
$4.37 avg cost/gal
$3.66 $7.40 price range per gal
$0.260 avg diesel cost per mile
Filled up with propane once
Generator was run for 4.6 hours
Alaska Ferry ...Read More...
Posted on 08/31/2011 8:33 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 26 August 2011
This was our last day on the road. Tomorrow we will get the tires checked and a wash in Murray and put the View away in the storage shed. Tonight we are on the Katy Leigh for the first time since June. About the most interesting sight today on the road was the Kentucky Tourist Welcome Center in Paducah. ...Read More...
Posted on 08/26/2011 1:34 AM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Tonight we are at the Wayne Fitzgerrell SP on Rend Lake. The park was highly recommended by our friends Doc & Eileen. Doc said to get site 36, 37 or 49. However, with the park practically empty we got site 45 on the lake (see photo) and with DirecTV access. This is the first really hot day in the high ...Read More...
Posted on 08/25/2011 12:49 AM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
We really liked the Colony Campground last night near Iowa City. It was well off the Interstate and close to the Hoover Presidential Library, Museum, and Birthplace. I chose the Kamp Komfort at Carlock for tonight because on the map it looked like it was well off the Interstate. It was a couple of miles ...Read More...
Posted on 08/24/2011 3:26 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
There is not a whole lot to write about when all you can see for 260 miles is corn fields and soy beans as you cross Southern Minnesota and a good part of Iowa. However, in the tiny town of Spring Valley, MN I spotted a sign about an historic site involving Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the Little ...Read More...
Posted on 08/23/2011 2:02 AM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 21 August 2011
We have been staying with friends and family so there are not a lot of items of general interest for the blog; just lots of food, fun, and renewing relationships. In Brainerd, Gary had bought a new Ford Edge with all the "stuff". The crossover SUV is gorgeous inside and out and Gary loves the car except ...Read More...
Posted on 08/21/2011 7:04 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 18 August 2011
We spent the morning in Fargo, ND walking around downtown and then I went to the Radisson Hotel for the Fargo Rotary Club. Some members were impressed that we had come from Alaska and one wondered why we stopped in Fargo. When I said it was on the way and I had always wanted to visit after seeing the ...Read More...
Posted on 08/18/2011 2:34 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
The route today took us southeast on US 53 to I-94. We stopped at Casselton about 20 miles west of Fargo. We took only 28 photos, the lowest number yet for a whole day. Leaving Minot the flood waters still remain in the fields. We went buy the KOA and it must have been under a lot of water. We had to ...Read More...
Posted on 08/16/2011 11:22 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 15 August 2011
Last evening there were some big thunderstorms over Northern Montana and Southern Saskatchewan. From our campsite 55 miles south of the boarder the clouds were spectacular.
Since we lost an hour today we were up early and out at 7:00AM to see the Fort Peck Lake and Dam.
The dam on the ...Read More...
Posted on 08/15/2011 11:26 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Last night at the Shelby town campsite named, Lake Shel-oole, we looked out the dinette window and there silhouetted against the dimming sky were two horses. It was an almost surreal sight. In the morning I took a photo of the same hill. We really enjoyed the campsite; it was cheap at $18 with very ...Read More...
Posted on 08/14/2011 11:04 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 14 August 2011
It's hard to write about the incredible scenery we saw today as we rode in a Dodge Sprinter Bus to the Mt Logan pass. It is much easier to just show photos, but there isn't room in the blog. I was able to sit in the front passenger seat with the best view by far. It is the first time I have been able ...Read More...
Posted on 08/14/2011 2:41 AM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Today we crossed into the USA at Roosville. It was an easy crossing with only a motorcycle ahead of us. The agent didn't even ask about what we had in the fridge. The contrast in scenery on either side of the border is remarkable. Canada is all green with irrigated fields growing vegetables. The USA ...Read More...
Posted on 08/13/2011 3:22 AM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 12 August 2011
My parents visited the Columbia Icefield in 1969. The first comparison shows the Athabasca Glacier which has definitely lost a lot of ice. The second comparison shows the glacier to the left of the Athabasca. Dad had a sunnier day and a road has been built that takes busses to the front of ...Read More...
Posted on 08/12/2011 4:53 AM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 12 August 2011
Mechanic Dwight Norman called and agreed to come first thing this morning. He arrived at 8:20. It took both of us but we got the replacement Turbo Resonator installed and we were underway at 9:15 . . . and it worked. It got a good test on some incredible mountain roads through the National Parks. Mountain ...Read More...
Posted on 08/12/2011 1:41 AM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 11 August 2011
It seems that it is a challenge to nail down the exact location of Mile "0". Today's photo shows the official cairn for Mile "0" but the actual mile "0" is the center of an inaccessible traffic circle a 100 feet away. It was a long 287 mile day to Hinton made longer by the failure of our turbo resonator. ...Read More...
Posted on 08/11/2011 1:10 AM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Tonight we have completed the 1,528 mile Alaska Highway and are staying a mile from mile "O". Actually given our route we missed the 84 miles from Whitehorse to Haines Junction. The action today was all about oil and natural gas. The road was clogged with trucks carrying all manner of cargo including ...Read More...
Posted on 08/10/2011 3:43 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
A new record was set today at the Liard River Lodge diesel pump where diesel was $7.40 per gallon. I hope this record stands for a long time to come. In Fort Nelson diesel was ONLY $5.57/gal. The left photo shows the only remaining suspension bridge on the Alaska Highway crossing Liard River. It ...Read More...
Posted on 08/09/2011 2:06 AM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Many people believe the Alaska highway looks like the left hand photo. It did today for a few miles while a 10 mile stretch is being repaired. Look closely and you can see two cars ahead. There is an 18 wheeler infront of the first car. In actuality most of the Alaska highway looks more like the right ...Read More...
Posted on 08/07/2011 7:02 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 7 August 2011
After a visit to the laundry, we left Whitehorse for Dawson Peaks RV Park & Motel, about 7 miles south of Teslin. The total drive on the Alaska Highway was 112 miles. Much of the trip is beside either the Yukon or the Teslin Rivers. There are mountains on either side of the highway.
The road ...Read More...
Posted on 08/07/2011 1:26 AM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 6 August 2011
It was a short 111 miles to Whitehorse so we had time to shop and look around. A carton of 12 cans of Coke at the General Store in Carmacks last evening was $12. Today at Walmart in Whitehorse, just $4; it paid to wait. Mavis favorite place today was Murdock's in downtown. I chose the S.S. Klondike. ...Read More...
Posted on 08/06/2011 3:22 AM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 5 August 2011
Today's drive was 220 miles of mostly pretty boring terrain of scrub spruce trees. The good news is the road is paved and in pretty good shape if you can dodge the occasional pot holes. The first few miles out of Dawson run beside dredge tailings left years ago by a dredge like the one at Chicken. You ...Read More...
Posted on 08/05/2011 2:27 AM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 4 August 2011
We took 4 hours to do the 110 miles of gravel and pot holes with a little pavement here and there on the Top of the World Highway. The highest elevation is 4,200 ft just past the border; most of the time we were at 3,000 ft. just below the tree line. As you move higher you get above the tree line and ...Read More...
Posted on 08/04/2011 2:36 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Chicken is 77 miles north of Tok. The road was pretty for the first 50 miles then deteriorated to patches and finally just gravel for the remaining 42 miles to the Canada border. Most of the 66 miles of Canadian road to Dawson City is paved. The main attractions in Chicken are the souvenir shops and ...Read More...
Posted on 08/02/2011 10:05 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Tok is the only place on the trip we have visited twice. Tomorrow we will go 70 miles to Chicken, AK and then on the next day to Dawson, Yukon. The highlight of today's drive was Rika's Roadhouse an Alaska State Park. Rika's Roadhouse dates back to 1909 and was a stopover place on a trail from Valdez ...Read More...
Posted on 08/02/2011 4:15 AM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 1 August 2011
Mavis toured the Georgeson Botanical Gardens and saw Harry Potter at the movie theater. I stayed aboard in the various parking lots and worked most of the day doing the company books and writing a proposal for a new project. Mavis took lots of great flower shots a couple of which are posted here. When ...Read More...
Posted on 08/01/2011 5:04 AM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 31 July 2011
We had rain and fog for almost the entire 132 miles to Fairbanks. We shopped and then spent the afternoon at very modern Museum of the North on the campus of UAF (University of Alaska at Fairbanks). The museum was packed with visitors from bus tours and motorhomes. We watched a movie on the Aurora Borealis ...Read More...
Posted on 07/31/2011 3:51 AM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 30 July 2011
It was hard to get to sleep thinking about our campsite's location high above the river and located on the Denali fault. In the event of an earthquake the entire RV Park would slide into the river. Fortunately we awoke without incident and headed to the National Park for the Toklat River 6 hour bus ...Read More...
Posted on 07/30/2011 4:07 AM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 29 July 2011
The recommended dump site H&H CafÃ© had gone out of business, but we stopped for diesel at Trapper Creek and their dump was only $5. We set a record for 5 days with no dump. I also had breakfast at Trapper Creek. Mt. McKinley is the highest mountain in North America and due to cloud cover is only visible ...Read More...
Posted on 07/29/2011 4:10 AM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 28 July 2011
A trip to Alaska would not be complete without a visit to Sarah Palin's home town. I even got to the Wasilla Rotary Club. Not a word was spoken about Sarah by anyone we met today. Wasilla is a modern city looking just about like any other modern American city. The historic downtown is only a few buildings. ...Read More...
Posted on 07/28/2011 3:48 AM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Night at 11:00PM in Seward looks like the photo taken from the View. In Fairbanks it will apparently be much lighter at night according to Al & Nancy from a View/Navion like ours who came to visit last evening.
Today we drove to the Williwaw Campsite in the Chugach National Forest along ...Read More...
Posted on 07/27/2011 3:21 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Today we drove 130 miles in the rain and fog to arrive at our destination, Seward. Some 34 miles are right beside Cook Inlet with spectacular views we were unable to see. Tomorrow we start our return trip to Nashville. It will take longer, 36 days, because there are no ferries to ride and we will spend ...Read More...
Posted on 07/26/2011 3:22 AM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 25 July 2011
I checked the sky at 2:00AM this morning and it was light enough to walk around in the park. The plan for today was to take a jet boat tour up the Matanuska River to the face of its glacier. Unfortunately when we got to the tour office, they had to cancel the boat trip as the water level in the river ...Read More...
Posted on 07/25/2011 2:13 AM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Last night the entertainment at the Sourdough RV Park was Danny Lee and Sue Jean from Texas. They sing "tribute" Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash songs for hours working for a free campsite and food. They were really quite good. We could hear them clearly from our campsite. There was also a sourdough ...Read More...
Posted on 07/24/2011 3:49 AM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 23 July 2011
I learned all about repairing pot holes and frost heaves in roads today. Stone chips are laid down to fill the holes and dips. A roller packs the chips down, then a layer of oil is added. Finally a cover of more stone chips are added which stays in place for several days until that layer is brushed ...Read More...
Posted on 07/23/2011 2:21 AM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 22 July 2011
Last evening I attended a lecture on glaciers. A glacier has to move and get at least 200 ft of snow annually. Glaciers cut the bays called "canals" as in Lynn Canal. They are not canals at all but rather fjords carved by long gone glaciers and have dead ends unlike canals. The sun finally came out ...Read More...
Posted on 07/22/2011 1:53 AM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 21 July 2011
A very interesting park in Prince Rupert is a memorial to a Japanese fisherman, Kazukio Sakamoto who was lost at sea in 1985 but whose boat, the Kazu Maru, drifted for 18 months across the ocean to the islands near Prince Rupert. A strange coincidence was the fisherman was from Owase, the sister city ...Read More...
Posted on 07/21/2011 3:33 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
The Alaska Ferry left at 6:00PM so we had lots of time to look around Prince Rupert after the 11:00AM checkout time at the campsite. We parked downtown on the waterfront near Cow Bay. It's the major tourist attraction in the town with lots of shops and restaurants. We had lunch at the Breakers ...Read More...
Posted on 07/19/2011 10:18 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Did you know that Price Rupert is the closest port city to the Orient? It is 800 miles closer which means one less day sailing an important economic benefit to shippers. There is a road, the railroad is being twinned, and the harbor expanded. The only problem is on the return trip where ships are loaded ...Read More...
Posted on 07/19/2011 3:50 AM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 18 July 2011
BC Ferries took us today on the Northern Expedition 313 miles along the Inside Passage. BC Ferries are like the airlines now with extras at every turn. It cost $22 extra to spend the night in the parking lot. It costs $35 extra for a seat in the forward lounge.
But dinner was pretty reasonable ...Read More...
Posted on 07/18/2011 3:51 AM by Bob Duthie