"The Old Inn" One of the 'Hotels' in Alaska during the RUSH!
Leaving Chicken BIL Dick pulled up beside me (As I said this road is 100 + feet wide in spots and I was going about 25 MPH. We talked as we rode. He wanted to speed up to 50-60 I wanted to go slower and see the country. The ride was rough either way. I told him we would meet him in Tok. We had already decided the RV Park where we were planning to stay. Our plans were to stay a few days and scout around. He stepped on it, and we waved good bye.
Heavy steel and Iron from gold days equipment (Note the piles of rock) The rock piles, there are actually lines of rock all over the country where the gold was mined. I will explain later.
On this part of the journey you can still observe the remnants of the Gold Rush. There is even a giant dredge apparently intact. It sits where the gold ran out. The Alaskan terrain is absolutely beautiful with snow capped mountain always in the distance making a beautiful backdrop. The dirt road continued for about 60 miles (total of 100+ mi of dirt road!) then we rejoined the paved ALCAN on to Tok.
Back on the paved road That is our coach
Tok is a small town, but much larger than Chicken LOL. We ate at the RV Park café’ for breakfast one morning, I had to try Reindeer Sausage with my eggs and potatoes. It was good when I ate it. But it got worse(r) Each time it came back. LOL
Inside the restaurant in Tok Note the terrain out the windows, great! Talking to a local about the Caribou migration. He said, “The Animal is so dumb it only knows South and North. And as they go either direction if they come to a fence they will not go around it, but stop and graze and wait while hundreds gather, for farmer or local to open a fence for them.” (His opinion not mine) Talking temps, he said it reached 60 below once and you could throw a bucket of water out and most was ice before it hit the ground!
Our trip to Alaska was before cell phones. We used an At&T calling card. Traveling through Canada ate up the minutes on the card because calls were more expensive, twice the USA rates.
Alaskans are extremely friendly and helpful. There are areas you can also tell the Russian influence from the 1800’s. In the short growing season they grow some super good veggies.
Driving toward Valdez you see a super cascading water fall ….
and also the edge of a Glacier (Actually not pretty up close). very dirty ice.
We stayed in RV parks when we needed water and to dump the holding tanks. They were much more reasonable than the lower 48.
We were never disappointed from North Carolina to Anchorage. Having great companions to travel with, to use my grands word, Awesome!
PS: Alaska has more licensed pilots than the other states.