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Old October 4th, 2017, 08:15   #16
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Mike, I enjoy reading about long road trips. Sounds like the new TDI preformed awesomely well! Oh, and you drove right by my location north of Knoxville over the state line in Kentucky.

I've driven the Alaskan Highway 9 times since 1986. As I recall, in 1986 there was about 100 miles of gravel beginning at Liard Hot Springs going north.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old October 5th, 2017, 00:17   #17
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Mike, I enjoy reading about long road trips. Sounds like the new TDI preformed awesomely well! Oh, and you drove right by my location north of Knoxville over the state line in Kentucky.

I've driven the Alaskan Highway 9 times since 1986. As I recall, in 1986 there was about 100 miles of gravel beginning at Liard Hot Springs going north.

Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the note. Do you recall me waving at you on the Seward Highway the last time you were up? FWIW, I was exiting the SEE quickly to avoid any Irma effects. Not much dawdle time.
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Old October 5th, 2017, 06:57   #18
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Mike. Yes, I do remember...

It was our intent to return to Alaska this past summer. However, due to several delays before departing and then a couple breakdowns, we turned back at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan making a swing down through the Badlands on the return.
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Old October 5th, 2017, 16:14   #19
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Just found this thread. The Alaska Highway trip is also on my bucket list. Hopefully this next summer. I will have to do the trip alone, Anita says why don't I just fly. Both cheaper and quicker.
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Old October 9th, 2017, 00:13   #20
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Just found this thread. The Alaska Highway trip is also on my bucket list. Hopefully this next summer. I will have to do the trip alone, Anita says why don't I just fly. Both cheaper and quicker.
As for cheaper - maybe, depending on your choice of lodging. A tent and camping can be done quite cheaply. And obviously, like my wife, she's not one to enjoy a good road trip. The portion through Yellowstone, Glacier, and the Icefields Parkway alone are worthy of your attention. Enjoy your ride.
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Old October 16th, 2017, 10:20   #21
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On my bucket list as well. But I may try it with my Egg camper. Have to plan it out with parking spots for the night and finish some more upgrades in the camper.

Anyone make the trip up to the Arctic? Don't you have to get permit or permission for the last few miles?

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Old October 17th, 2017, 00:51   #22
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On my bucket list as well. But I may try it with my Egg camper. Have to plan it out with parking spots for the night and finish some more upgrades in the camper.

Anyone make the trip up to the Arctic? Don't you have to get permit or permission for the last few miles?

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Depends on which road you take. If you take the North Slope Haul Road {The Dalton Highway, yes you'll need a permit beyond a certain point. If you choose the Dempster Highway in Yukon, you need no such permit. I'd prefer the Dempster anyway.

http://www.yukoninfo.com/region/dempster-highway/
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Old October 18th, 2017, 07:27   #23
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The Dempster is awesome.

We drove it to Inuvik, NWT in 1993 with an 83 Air-cool Vanagon.

We've been back to the Arctic Circle several times since that first trip.

The Dempster begins about 25 miles east of Dawson City, Yukon ...... best I remember, it is about 230 miles to the Arctic Circle and another 245 miles on to Inuvik.

And, this is going to be an awesome addition beyond Inuvik.. (on my bucket list)
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/...hway-1.3526669
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Old October 19th, 2017, 12:00   #24
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Only reason I know about Dempster is from watching Discovery Channel and Ice Road Truckers. Sounds like another drive added to my bucket list.

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Old October 21st, 2017, 01:26   #25
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I've wanted to cycle the Dempster since the mid-80s. I read an article about a many who did it solo this summer and it looked awesome, but he got into some serious mud issues. If I drive it next fall, I'll at least have one of the bikes along. Maybe the fattie will be the best choice.
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On my bucket list as well. But I may try it with my Egg camper. Have to plan it out with parking spots for the night and finish some more upgrades in the camper.

Anyone make the trip up to the Arctic? Don't you have to get permit or permission for the last few miles?

Jason
I drove the haul road on our 2015 trip to Fairbanks. It was quiet due to flooding north of the Arctic Circle, pretty much no truck traffic. No permits were needed to get as far as the Arctic Circle and my passenger then was a gentleman who drives that road, delivering diesel to the North Slope. I have seen his videos of driving it in the winter with temps in the -50s. We are planning on driving to Inuvik next spring on our way (well sort of) to Fairbanks again. Also planning another side trip to Skagway to ride the train again. It's a great driving trip, lots of great scenery and interesting places to stop.
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Last time I drove the haul road was 2003. I was living in Fairbanks, the summer days are long, intending just to go over the Arctic Circle near Coldfoot. At that time the road was dirt, some potholes, and an occasional stretch of pavement in the middle of nothing. Frost heaves will do that. Seeing the Taiga was interesting, noting where the oil pipeline disappeared into the earth and reemerged, plus crossing the Yukon river were some highlights for me.
As for driving in Canada, I bring a couple of audio books, lots of CD's, and some philosophy pod casts to keep me company. Because I live in SE Alaska it is quicker for me to drive thru B.C. than taking the ferry. Also much cheaper and the scenery thru B.C. is beautiful either via ferry or driving.
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Old October 27th, 2017, 09:12   #28
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Default vPike dot com (looking at the haul road at Coldfoot

In the link below, pick up the little yellow stick man and place him on a Blue Line road... This is near Coldfoot, Alaska. You can do lots of things with it....

Note, you can us vPike.com to see most any road in North America and other places around he world.

https://www.vpike.com/?place=Coldfoo...treet+View&r=e
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That is just Google maps embedded.
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That is just Google maps embedded.

Yep! And, better ....... at least for my purposes!
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