We said good bye to Fairbanks 10 days ago….and started the long journey back through Canada. After two days of resting in Tok, Alaska, we thought we were ready for the rough roads and internet deprivation. Did not realize what was in store for us!
Our first night back in the Yukon was spent on the lovely Kluane Lake…..we learned later that it was illegal to camp there.
All the rest areas had “no overnight stay allowed” signs but this one area was not marked. And it was getting late! Fortunately we did not experience any problems……this was our first night to sleep without other RVs close and I was a bit anxious.
Our next night was at the Wal-Mart in Whitehorse, Yukon. A very short travel day due to spousal misunderstandings. Will not elaborate!
We are back in the boonies of the Cassiar Hwy, for night 3. Unfortunately we chose a primitive spot on a mosquito infested lake. Several persistent bugs would not be caught resulting in a very poor night of sleep.
Already feeling tired, now sleep deprived, and the topo map showed one lake after another on the Cassiar Hwy…..which meant lots of mosquitos. We decided to abandon the route and go back the Alcan…….This was not an easy decision
We had already voted to not take the ferry trip between Haines and Skagway. It would have been a short ferry ride connecting the two towns and costing us around $172. We were already experiencing difficulties with the engine light and losing running light covers on the trailer.
It was the right decision. I could feel relief knowing that we would be returning through a somewhat familiar road. Wondered if there would be regrets later for not seeing Steward and Hyder, towns accessible on the Cassiar?
It’s now day 6 of the return through Canada and we are at the Quesnel Wally World. Last night was in Fort St John’s W.M. and the night before was on a frontage road in the middle of Fort Nelson.
We are not playing tourist! We are just wanting to get back to the States before the stress levels zoom any higher.
Rereading my words, I realize that I have not given an accurate description of our challenges. Imagine driving all day over roads that disappear into gravel or dirt, traveling 15 to 25 miles per hour often in the pouring rain. During the Yukon section of the northern rockies, we were the last car in a caravan following a lead truck through miles of construction. Not sure of the altitude but we were socked in with fog and could not see anything in front of us. Drove for miles and finally came out in the middle of more road work!
As we have worked our way down toward the border, the roads are much better and the sun has returned today bringing big puffy clouds to dot the sky. The two long days of constant rain are a distant memory. Now it’s hot for the first time in weeks!
Momma mallard and her babies….seen at a rest stop.
Teslin River bridge
The above was the original post…..slightly revised.
The heading milage reflects what is on the trip odometer today, 7/26/13, almost to the US border.
Compiling 27 fill-ups…not using any of the Canadian litres fill ups…. we are averaging 15.9 miles to the gallon. Remember that we are in a 16’ trailer that weighs less than the usual 17 ft., pulling with a 6 cyl Tacoma.
Miles through the USA to Canada…….2505 miles.
Expense: $592 for gas……..$20 for camp fees.
Miles through Canada …..1847 miles
Expense: $718.75 for gas……..$72 camp fees.
June 16 – July 19.
Miles in Alaska…2452 miles
Expense: $632.24 for gas…….$431 for camp fees.
Some of the figures may be slightly off….the Canada mileage looks low….will compare with the return trip when finished.
We camp for free when we can. Our Alaska camping fees were for over a month…$111 of the $431 was for the time we spent in Anchorage while David was sick.
This morning we are in Hope, BC on the mighty Frasier River. We are very close to Chilliwack, home of the Escape trailers, and the US border.
Thanks to everyone for their support during this challenging, but wonderful trip!