Perhaps that would have been a better title for this post, but since we were aware
of what was to come...
The stretch of the Alaska Highway from Burwash Landing at the north end of Kluane Lake,
to the Alaskan border is... bumpy.
This stretch is notorious.
Since the Army built the highway 1942, this stretch of road across the swampy permafrost
has been the bane of the Yukon highway engineers.
As soon as a section is repaired, mother nature freezes and heaves the roadway,
creating a several hundred mile long roller coaster,
Navigating this stretch of roadway ( and others in the Northcountry) requires one watch the lines.
The center or sidelines of the roadway give you the clue of a big bump ahead.
Click on the photo below.
See the curve of the sideline where the arrow points?
That is a bump that will send you skyward if you don't slow down.
Hit one or two of these and you learn your lesson fast.
There are stretches of road where you need to be going about 50kmh or 30mph, or even slower
or else you are going to shake you - our your rig - apart.
The above photo was just one heave. Sometimes they in series, and even side to side heaves.
Below - a stretch of road construction...
A bridge was washed out.
A couple of hours after leaving our last campground on Kluane Lake...
We crossed the border back into the US and Alaska.
The photo below I pulled from the internet.
We've passed this sign before and didn't stop this time.
In this stretch we are back into early summer. The seasons continue to
come and go as we travel.
The silver green of the White Birch against the dark green of the spruce make for
an appealing color contrast.
|Alaska Highway - Eastern Alaska|
Arriving in Alaska is bittersweet...
While sparsely populated - Alaska is still much more populated
than the Yukon from whence we came.
Knowing there is a town within 100 miles starts to feel confining.
We see "no trespassing" signs and chains stretched across every side dirt road...
it seems such a contrast to the Yukon.
Canada seems so much more welcoming...
We are currently in Tok, Alaska for a couple of nights and then will head down to
Valdez which is the southern terminus of the Alaska Pipeline.
We'll spend a few nights in Valdez and check out the sights.
Valdez will be a new venue for us.
With every mile we mover ever closer to our rendezvous with our friends Eric & Pat
who are flying in to Anchorage in a little over a week from now.
We look forward to seeing them and introducing them to the RVing world.
Let the good times roll!