Leaves nothing to the imagination and yet, leaves everything to the imagination.
And just to bother @mowerkate :
Ne laisse rien à l'imagination et pourtant, laisse tout à l'imagination.
A few snap shots from our 4 day roady!
Here’s a couple ways we kept the blood flowing between long hours of driving...
🔻At every fill-up on gas:
✔️Run the pup 🐕
🔻This kept us feeling refreshed and alert on the long highway🤓
After a quiet night at Pine Lake, we’re pointed towards the Cassiar Highway. Internet may be spotty for a few days. Since Kevin was sick, then had to go out of town for work, then I was sick, videos have been on hold. But don’t worry, we’ll show you the rest of Alaska soon!
“Another Saturday drive
We'll go up to the beach
or to the mountainside
It doesn't matter if it rains
Or if it gets cold...
My days have been so unbelievable
Oh, what you do to my soul
And darling, I'm so thankful
For what you do to my soul”
-Air Traffic Controller @atcmusic
Poured a monster glass of wine to start planning this monster road trip 😆😆 SO excited for this once in a lifetime trip, but also pretty anxious about some of the conditions and unknowns on this 4,000ish mile trek to Alaska 😳😬.
Who’s taken the ALCAN?! And what are the must do’s and stops we should check out along the way?!? Paaleeasse hit me up with all your suggestions/advice! And words of encouragement! 😆
We are pulling our travel trailer and #hamping the whole way up so any RV spot/parks that are a must?! Right now we are planning on going up through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana then into Calgary and Banff to the #alcan Fellow RVer’s...hit me up with all your #rvhacks too!!! #HamFamTakestheAlcan#jesustaketheeheel#alaskanhighway#pcs#militarylife#buildingourlifresume
🦇 The common arctic bat 🦇 also jokingly termed among locals as the “sandhill crane” flying in their weekly circular pattern around the head of Kachemak Bay. These bats tend to feed in the afternoons of the day. They circle waters that have large amounts of plankton and glacier silt that has been stirred up by local sea otters and humpback whales in the area. The arctic bat then drops nutritious guano that has created a new local delicacy that is served on local foods at higher end tourist restaurants. The guano turns into an oily substance on the water caused by a chemical reaction from the glacier silt. Guano fisherman also known as “Cheechako” then bottle up the substance after filtering it through specialized “ulu” nets where it becomes a dressing that is called “Alcan.” The Cheechako industry is on the rise in Alaska due to the effects of global warming with all of the glaciers that are melting which is causing more silt to pour into the waters. This in turn is also causing a huge uptick in the bat population which has helped take care of Alaskan mosquitoes growth in the area. Alcan dressing is commonly used as a new healthy nutritious fat free oil primary used on salads and oysters at higher end restaurants along the Kenai Peninsula. 😬 Have you tried it? Let me know! #fakenews#satire#alaska#visitalaska#globalwarming#glacier#batguano#alcan
Hur slutade vårt deltagande i ALCAN 5000?
Lör 25/8 tog vi färjan över Yukonfloden och körde vår hyrbil på Top of the World Highway över gränsen in i Alaska, följde Jack Wade Creek ner förbi Chicken där det var guldrusch några år innan Klondike. Via Tok körde vi söderut och ca 500 km senare checkade vi in på hotell i Copper Center.
Sön 26/8 blev en kortare dag i bil, 30 mil Tor till Valdez för lunch och museibesök. Några hojar o jeepar åkte den skumpiga vägen till McCarthy men hyrbilen gillade inte sådana vägar.
Måndag 27/8 åkte vi ca 50 mil norrut till Fairbanks, vi stannade halvvägs o fotade några rallyekipage som gav sig in på Denali hgw, tuff väg visade det sig! Några ekipage körde den beryktade Dalton hgw till polcirkeln!
Tis 28/8 körde vi ut ca 20 mil Tor till Chena hotsprings innan Alcan 5000 avslutades på kvällen med bankett på otroliga Fountainhead automobile museum i Fairbanks.
Vi hade under tiden sökt lösningar på att få oss o Minin från Whitehorse t Vancouver, ca 2500 km! Det löste sig genom att vi fick låna! en Jeep Wrangler Rubicon av ett team som skulle flyga hem!
Vi kunde nu fullfölja vår resplan, att köra hela Alaska Highway! med Minin på en trailer efter Jeepen! Vi anlände Vancouver ons 5/9 och äventyret avslutades med att jag flög hem till Sverige fre 7/9.
Checked over the Element and found a split CV Boot. Little trick with these is leaving the suspension alone and lowering the differential enough to pop to axle out. No need for an alignment! Mind the Dempster dirt coating everything haha.
Look at us in photos 1 and 2, blissfully unaware of terrible, awful luck that awaited us in about ten minutes.
So there we were, driving along the Alaska Highway, when we passed a sign warning of loose gravel on the road. We slowed down as we turned a corner just as an 18-wheeler flying down a hill in the opposite direction hit a patch of said gravel, flinging multiple rocks toward us. Behind the wheel I ducked (what else do you do when you see a rock flying toward your head?) and it sounded like we were hit with a literal rainstorm of gravel. It was LOUD.
Matt slowly opened the sunroof shade (fortunately it was closed) to find the sunroof completely shattered. Turns out one the rocks shot up just perfectly, bounced off the bottom of the rooftop tent, and down to the center of the sunroof.
We were in complete disbelief. After picking out as much of the glass as we could, we continued to our campsite. The next town we could possibly get a sunroof repaired in was Whitehorse, still a twelve hour drive away. We defeatedly roasted some hot dogs over the fire and went to bed early, hoping that it wouldn’t rain.
The original plan for the next morning included a hike, but we weren’t super stoked about leaving our car unattended in bear country with a giant hole in the top. So instead we went to the nearest lodge where we ate ice cream for breakfast and Matt bought a giant roll of duct tape out of the owner’s tool bag for $10.
Our fancy new sunroof ended up making it all the way home to Jersey, and the whole ordeal was the only bit of bad luck we had the whole trip. Phew.