Lonnie and Sue - Traveling North America

2013 Through Western Canada to Alaska

 My campground rating system is on a scale of 5/5 with the first number being the levelness of the site and the second being the appearance.  A 3/3 would be an average site.

 I have left the prices in for comparison and to give a general idea of what to expect.  Depending on when you read this, factor in inflation.

Note - Explanation of fuel prices in Canada.   $1.219 = $4.57  indicates the price per liter = the US price per gallon as adjusted for the current exchange rate.

You can read it through or select specific locations below.

 Travel Log - May 14 to June 13, 2013        [Tab 2013 Canada to Alaska]

05-14-2013      Tue      Trip Meter:   331.2   

Fueled Coach:   At Culbertson.  $4.089.

Driving Directions:   Took I-94 east for 71 miles.  At Glendive, MT took exit 213 and took MT 16 north for 51 miles.  In Sydney, MT continued north on MT 16 for 37 miles.  In Culbertson, MT continued north on MT 16 for 47 miles.  In Plentywood, MT continued north on MT 16 for 17 miles to the border.  At the border then hwy became SK 6.  Continued north on SK 6 for 97 miles.  *** A 40 mile section of this road had a lot of pot holes, more than 400.  They are working on them and it should be fine shortly.  I travelled it at 55 mph and dodged or straddle nearly all of them.  I had fun doing it. ***  In Regina took TC 1 east for 7 miles.  At Tower Road turned north for about 200 yards then took the service road to the campground.

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 8:40 AM.  

In Plentywood, MT, 17 miles from the Canadian border, there is a rest area and 3 campgrounds.

Crossed into Canada at Regway.  Took about 5 minutes to clear customs.  On our way at 1:20 PM.  No time change this time of year.  We went from MST to CST but Saskatchewan does not recognize DST.

It would have been a great drive if the wind had not been blowing so hard; it was out of the northwest all day.  From Miles City to Culbertson it was blowing between 30 and 40 mph.  Then it was blowing at 15 to 25 mph until we got to within 50 miles of Regina.  It really made for rough driving today.

Moderate to low rolling hills during the drive today until we entered Canada then it started to flatten out.

  • Campsite:   Kings Acres Campground, Regina, SK - overnight - site F9 - gravel pad - back-in - 50 amp, picnic table, WiFi (FREE) – Commercial - Cost $35.70 per night - Rating 4/3 - Got setup at 3:50 PM - Have satellite.  No Service.

Additional info:  Water and sewer are included with the site cost but have not been connected yet.  Still same price for the site.

05-15-2013      Wed      Trip Meter:   167.5         

Fueled Coach:   At Dundurn, SK.  $1.219 = $4.574. 

Driving Directions:   Back out to TC 1 and took it west for 1.5 miles.  At the jct of SK 11 took Have NO Service.it north for 162.  In Saskatoon turned left on 22nd Street West for 1 mile.  At Ave P South turned left for 1.5 miles to the campground. 

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 10:45 AM.  Wind was out of the NW all day – estimate 10 to 20 mph.   

  • Campsite:   Gordon Howe Campsite, Saskatoon, SK  - 21 nights - site 47 - gravel pad - back-in - 50 amp, water, picnic table, grill, WiFi (FREE) – Commercial - Cost $31.44 per night, weekly rate - Rating 5/5 - Got setup at 2:45 PM - NO satellite because of trees in the campground.

Called DirecTV and suspended service until October 1st.

We are staying in Saskatoon for 14 nights to visit with our children.  We will not be doing any touristy stuff so will not make anymore entries here until we get back on the road.

Our campsite at Gordon Howe Campsite, Saskatoon, SK

05-29-2013     Wed      

Days Activities:  Had planned on leaving Saskatoon today but sprung a leak in our hot water tank and can't get another one installed until Tuesday, June 4th, so registered for 7 more nights. 

06-04-2013     Tue      Trip Meter:   265.1      

Weather:   Sunny and beautiful all day. 

Driving Directions:   Took TC 16 west, AKA Yellowhead Highway.  At exit 492 took TC 16A, in Alberta, and took it to 43rd street to the campground. 

Road condition – TC 16 west.  Good 4-lane all day.  There was one railroad crossing, about 10 miles west of Battleford, SK, that was marked as a “Rough” crossing, and it was.  Need to slow down to about 10 mph for it.  The rest of the road I traveled at 60-62 mph without any problem.  It was a very scenic drive over rolling plains with periodic views of small lakes and rivers. 

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 7:45 AM.  Went to the Co-Op for propane.  Got to Saskatoon RV Superstore at 8:35 AM.  Got the new hot water heater installed and departed the store at 11:15 AM. 

  • Campsite:   Vegreville Municipal Campground, Vegreville, AB - overnight - site 9 - grass pad - back-in - 30 amp, WiFi (FREE Cost $xx) - city - Cost $19.00 per night - Saved $2.00 on SR - Rating 4/3 - Got setup at 4:30 PM. 

The campground is right next to a railroad track.  Only heard one train while here.  The office is across the track in the Visitor’s Center. 

Drove pickup 0.7 miles.

Our campsite at Vegreville Municipal Campground, Vegreville, AB.
A large egg across from the campground at the Visitor's Center.  It rotates.

06-05-2013      Wed      Trip Meter:   279.8      

Weather:  Overcast and windy in the morning with showers and wind in the early afternoon.  Clear with cloud cover in the evening.  High of 62F. 

Fueled Coach:   At an Esso at the west side of Edmonton.  $1.149 = $4.226. 

Driving Directions:  Continued on TC 16A through Vegreville and merged with TC 16 west.  At exit 340 took AN 43 north to Valleyview, AB.  In Valleyview went to the campground. 

Road conditions – TC 16 west.  Good 4-lane to Edmonton.  Just at the east side of Edmonton there is work on an overpass so traffic is squeezed to one lane, but just for a quarter mile.  There are at least a dozen traffic lights on TC 16 going through Edmonton.  The street is rough, with a lot of patches, through town but the speed limit is only 70 to 80 kph so it is not a problem. 

AB 43 north.  Fair to good 4-lane all the way to our stop in Valleyview, 185 miles.  Started out with narrow shoulders, lot of uneven patches, and bumpy.  Able to drive at 55 mph with no problem, the bumping was just irritating.  After 7 miles the hwy went to wide shoulders and smooth surface.  Went to 60 mph.  At a long railroad trestle the road got really rough for a quarter mile.  There were a few short stretches where I slowed to 55 mph but they were not very long. 

There are 5 large rest areas and 2 long pullouts on AB 43 between TC 16 and Valleyview. 

Fuel Prices:   In Vegreville, AB – Gasoline $1.199 – Diesel $1.109.
                       In Edmonton, AB – Gasoline $1.259 – Diesel $1.149
                       In Whitecourt, AB – Gasoline $1.289 – Diesel $1.159
                       In Fox Creek, AB – Gasoline $1.319. 

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 9:10 AM.  High winds when we left the campground – estimate 15 to 20 mph from the south.  By the time we got to Edmonton they had died down. 

Drove through Vegreville – has a Wal-Mart Supercenter.  About 30 miles west of Vegreville we saw 4 really large bison.  They were in a pasture on the south side of the highway so was not able to stop for pictures. 

As we were leaving Whitecourt it started to sprinkle and the wind got really high; coming from the west.  We were driving right into it.  The sprinkle stopped and the sky started clearing about 30 miles east of Valleyview.  The sun did peek out for about 30 seconds around 1:30. 

  • Campsite:   Sherk’s RV Park, Valleyview, AB - overnight - site 14 - gravel pad – long pull thru - 30 amp, water, sewer, picnic table - Good Sam Park - Cost $30.25 per night - Saved $3.35 - Rating 4/5 - Got setup at 3:10 PM.  Have free WiFi but can’t get an internet connecting in the motorhome – have to take it to the office. 

Did not unhook the pickup.

Our campsite at Sherk’s RV Park, Valleyview, AB.
View of the campground.  It is a very nice clear campground but is one mile off the highway on a gravel road.

06-06-2013      Thur      Trip Meter:   207.6      

Weather:   Sunny and clear all day. 

Fueled Coach:   At the Co-Op in Dawson Creek.  $1.303 = $4.739. 

Driving Directions:   Continued on AB 43 west.  At Dawson Creek took BC 97 north to the campground at MP 53.6.   

Road conditions - Three miles out of Valleyview the road went to good 2-lane with wide shoulders.  There was about 23 miles of 2-lane road with construction all the way.  The road is being widened to 4-lane.  The construction is not currently effecting the traffic but the speed limit was 70 kph for the first 12 miles where they are doing dirt work then going to 90 kph for the next 11 miles where they are laying the asphalt. 

At the end of the construction the road went to 4-lane with wide shoulders, good to poor condition; about 10 miles east of Grande Prairie had to slow down to 45 mph because of the rough road.  West of Grande Prairie continued to be 4-lane road for 22 miles in good to very good condition.  The remainder of AB 43, about 33 miles, to the border was good 2-lane road with wide shoulders.  

At the border the road becomes BC 2, good to fair 2-lane with regular shoulders.  Just inside the BC border there is about 3 miles of construction.  There were flagmen signs out but we went through without delay, however looks like delays are possible here.  In another 7 miles there was more construction for about a mile and flagmen were out; we had a slight delay. 

In Dawson Creek took BC 97 north.  At Kiskatinaw River Bridge they are resurfacing the bridge.  Flagmen were out, 24 hour service, short delay.  Good 2-lane road to Fort St. John, with regular shoulders. 

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 9:20 AM.  In Valleyview stopped for breakfast and to buy groceries and back on the road at 10:15.  We only stopped in Dawson Creek for fuel then continued on through town.  We believe it is worth a stop and an overnight stay one time and we have already had our one time in 2005.

We use the “Milepost” for our travels to and from, and in and around Northwestern Canada and Alaska.  The Alaska Highway starts in Dawson Creek, BC as Mile Zero.  Locations on all the highways included in the “Milepost” has a mileage indicator listed.  I will use that to identify locations listed in my log.  The mileage indicator will be “MP” for milepost followed by the mileage from the beginning of the highway we are traveling. 

Fuel Prices:   Valleyview – Gasoline $1.349 – Diesel price not posted
                       Grande Prairie – Gasoline $1.349 – Diesel price not posted
                       Beaverlodge – Gasoline $130.9 – Diesel price not posted
                       Hythe – Gasoline - $1.299 – Diesel price not posted
                       Dawson Creek – Gasoline $1.369 – Diesel $1.299
                       Fort St. John – Gasoline $1.359 – Diesel $1.289 

Right outside of Beaverlodge Sue saw a herd of about 20 elk or caribou in a fenced in pasture.  Too far away to be sure what they were. 

As I was turning into the campground I hit the sign post and broke the mirror bracket on the driver’s side. 

  • Campsite:   Charlie Lake Provincial Park, MP 53.6, Alaska Hwy - overnight - site 10 - gravel pad - back-in but I pulled in - picnic table, fire ring - Cost $16.00 per night - Rating 2/5 - Got setup at 2:45 PM. 

Additional info:   I gathered firewood bot it was wet and green.  We had planned on steak over coals but had to use our grill instead.  Still had a small fire with a lot of smoke.  This is a real pretty campground but over half the sites on hills and not available for an RV. 

I took the mirror back into Fort St. John and got it welded.  Cost $30.00. 

Drove pickup 31.2 miles.

Our campsite at Charlie Lake Provincial Park, MP 53.6, Alaska Hwy.
Had more smoke than fire because the wood was wet.

06-07-2013      Fri      Trip Meter:   230.5      

Weather:   Light sprinkle in the early morning with just a mist as we were leaving the campground.  It cleared as we got on the road and was clear and overcast all day.   

Driving Directions:   Continued on BC 97 north to Fort Nelson. 

Road condition – Was good to very good to MP 127 with regular shoulders.  The “cut” is at MP 124.  After we descended the ‘cut’, a very steep decline, there was about 2 miles of very rough road.  I slowed to 40 mph.  From there to Fort Nelson the road was fair to very good, with the most of it being good to very good, with narrow to wide shoulders. 

The railroad track about 6 miles south of Fort Nelson is really rough.  One mile south of Fort Nelson there was a flagman out.  They are laying new asphalt into town. 

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 9:35 AM.   

Have seen a lot of dead trees today.  Looks like the beetles have been snacking.  After we passed Pink Mountain started seeing snow in the Rockies.  

At MP 171 saw a young caribou, no antlers, on the side of the road.  

Fuel Prices:   Fort Nelson – Gasoline $1.569 – Diesel $1.499 

  • Campsite:   Triple “G” Highway RV Park, Fort Nelson, BC - overnight - site 120 - gravel pad - pull thru - 30 amp, water, sewer, picnic table, WiFi (FREE), cable (FREE) - Commercial Campground - no discounts - Cost $39.90 per night - Rating 4/2 - Got setup at 2:15 PM.  We didn’t take a cable site.  The WiFi never connected. 

This is the same campground we stayed in 2009 but the name was Westend Campground then. 

Drove pickup 3.4 miles.

06-08-2013      Sat      Trip Meter:   150.7    

Weather:   The sun was out this morning and a beautiful day when we hit the road.  About 46 miles out of Fort Nelson it started to mist and sprinkle and we lost the sunshine.  It continued to mist and sprinkle until after we crossed Racing River at MP 400.  It cleared but remained overcast to Muncho Lake. 

Fueled Coach:   At a Husky’s in Fort Nelson.  $1.499 = $5.513. 

Driving Directions:   Continued north on BC 97. 

Road condition – The first 30 miles out of Fort Nelson was good 2-lane road with wide shoulders.  The remainder of the trip today was on fair to good 2-lane, with most of it in good condition, with no shoulders to wide shoulders. 

At MP 358 the road starts to parallel the Tetsa River for a few miles.  Watch for rocks in the road for the next 30 or so miles.  Had to slow down to 40-45 mph because of the sharp turns. 

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 10:00 AM.  Drove a half mile back into Fort Nelson and got diesel.  Back on the road at 10:20 AM.   

At MP 309 saw a black bear cub and got pictures.
At MP 328 saw another black bear cub but it was down in a ditch and we didn’t see it until we were even with it.  The cub ran off into the trees so we didn’t get pictures.
At MP 329 we started up an 8% grade, starting at 2,000’ and ending at 3,500 feet at Steamboat Mountain summit.  Stopped at the Muskwa River overlook.  Talked to a couple from
          Colorado who are in their 4th year as full-timing, Phil & Sandy. 
At MP 358 the road starts to parallel the Tetsa River for a few miles.  Watch for rocks in the road for the next 30 or so miles.  Had to slow down to 40-45 mph because of the sharp   
At MP 373, Summit Lake, about 4,250’, there is a campground.  Very pretty and snow was still on the mountains.

Should have seen stone sheep on our descent from Summit Lake but it rained all the way down, so no sheep out. 

At MP 400 we stopped on the Racing River bridge.  Sue took pictures downstream and I took pictures upstream.
At MP 413 we stopped and I took pictures of Toad River and the mountains.
At MP 417 we stopped and both took pictures of Toad River, the mountains, and 2 waterfalls. 

  • Campsite:   Strawberry Flats Campground, Muncho Lake Provincial Park, at MP 437.7, Alcan Highway, BC – 2 nights - site #12 – back in – no services – has a table and fire ring w/grill.  Cost $16.00 CN per night.  Rating 2/5.  Got setup at 2:45 PM.  We got here at 2:15 but took a while to level.  There were only a couple of sites open and we took a tent site.

I took lake pictures. 

Drove pickup 0.9 miles.

At MP 309 got this black bear cub picture.
Our campsite at Strawberry Flats Campground, Muncho Lake Provincial Park.
A side view of our campsite.
Muncho Lake across the road from our campsite.  All of the sites on the lake were taken.
View of one of the mountains from in front of our site.
View of the lake at 9:30 AM the next morning.  Notice the reflection.

06-09-2013      Sun      Trip Meter:   182.6   

Weather:   Light sprinkle when we got up this morning but sunny and clear when we left the campground and stayed sunny most of the day but with occasional overcast. 

Driving Directions:   Back on BC 97 north.  Crossed back and forth between BC & YT several times.  Hwy in Yukon is YT 1.  There are a lot of large pullouts on this section of road. 

Driving conditions – Fair to good 2-lane road all the way from Muncho Lake to Watson Lake, varying from no shoulders to wide shoulders.  Mostly good road surface.  The 13 miles from Watson Lake to Junction 37 was poor to fair with no shoulders to narrow shoulders.  

At MP 599 – Mayfield Creek.  Four miles of road is under construction.  Being seal coated.  Flagmen out but no pilot car.  Was part of BC 97.
At MP 620 – Upper Laird River Bridge.  The bridge is being resurfaced and has one-lane traffic controlled by a traffic signal. 

Days Activities:   The water pump quit working this morning.  I went out and jiggled a connection and it would work while holding it in a certain position.  Will have to work on it.   

Since the next campground we were going to stay in tonight does not have water we had to change plans.  Instead of driving 240 miles today will only drive 170 to Watson Lake and get a campground with water. 

When Sue went down to the lake to take pictures this morning she saw fresh moose droppings on the beach. 

Departed campground at 9:15 AM.   

MP 468 – Stopped and I took a picture of a bison.
MP 469 – There was a herd of 41 bison, including 7 calves, alongside and on the road.  We both took pictures.  They had traffic stopped. 
MP 469.2 – Saw a black bear cub but it ran off into the trees. 
MP 476 – Stopped and took a picture of Laird River Bridge.  It is the only remaining suspension bridge on the Alaska Hwy and was built in 1943.
MP 478 – Saw a bison laying down by the entrance of the Laird River Hot Springs Provincial Park.  Did not take a picture.
MP 479 – I stopped and took a scenic shot of the hwy, both directions.
MP 489 – Saw 3 bison; one standing in a pond.  Sue took a picture.
MP 504 – Saw a grizzly bear.  I took pictures.
MP 513 – Cold River.  Saw a bison but did not take a picture.
MP 546 – I took more black bear pictures.
MP 574 – Irons Creek - I took more black bear pictures.
MP 588 – Saw a black bear cub but it ran into the trees before we could get a picture.
MP 591 – Saw a large black bear but it ran into the trees before we could get a picture.
MP 591 – On the other side of the road there were 6 really pretty horses.  Wild maybe??? 

We stopped at the Cold River Café and had bison burgers for lunch.  They were very good.  Had bison meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and mushrooms.  Cost was $11.95 each plus tax. 

When we got to Watson Lake the campground we were going to stay, “Tag Campground” was on the west side of town and was closed, out of business and torn up.  Since we didn’t want to turn around and go back through town we continued on west another 13 miles to a campground we had stayed in before. 

Fuel Prices:   Cold River – Gasoline $1.859 – Diesel $1.729
                        Junction 37 – Gasoline $1.519 – Diesel $1.509                

  • Campsite:   Junction 37 Services Campground, MP 626.2, Aaska Hwy - overnight - site 2 - gravel pad – long pull thru - 30 amp, water, sewer, picnic table - Commercial Campground - no discounts - Cost $26.25 per night - Rating 5/3 - Got setup at 3:20 PM.  Note – same price we paid in 2009. 

Did not unhook the pickup.

MP 469.  Bison slowed down the traffic.  There were 41 in the herd.
This one was walking along side our motorhome.
The road belongs to the bison.
At MP 489 this one was taking a bath.
At MP 504 saw this grizzle bear.
Our campsite at Junction 37 Services Campground, MP 626.2, Aaska Hwy.

06-10-2013      Mon      Trip Meter:   253.5           

Weather:   Sunny and clear all morning.  In early afternoon had a hard 2 minute shower then it cleared.  Alternated between sunny and overcast the rest of the day. 

Fueled Coach:   At Junction 37 Station at MP 626, Alaska Hwy.  $1.479 = $5.440. 

Driving Directions:   Continued on YT1 west.  There were at least 6 formal rest areas on the road today with over a dozen large pullouts and informal places to pull off the road. 

Road condition – Good to very good all the way to Teslin with mostly wide shoulders, except for the following spots:
        MP 635 – A dip in the road and very rough for about 100 yards.  Looks like it may be one of those sections that washed out earlier this year.
        MP 652 - Construction zone for 6 miles.  All pavement has been removed and it appears they are getting ready to sealcoat it.  However, not personnel or construction equipment
                seen in the entire 6 miles.
        MP 665 – A break in the pavement of about 400 yards, waiting for sealcoating.  No construction equipment in sight.
        MP 688 – A break in the pavement of about 200 yards, waiting for sealcoating.  No construction equipment in sight.
        MP 766 – Construction zone, was applying sealcoating, with a flagman and pilot car for 1.7 miles.  Then the construction area continued 6 more miles.  There was a water truck in
                front of us and it watered the road for us as we drove through the unescorted section of the construction area.  The construction ended at the Teslin River Bridge. 

Road condition from Teslin to Whitehorse – Good to MP 821 then became poor.  The road surface looks good but the cracks across the road creates a bump bump bump bump that is very jarring.  At MP 851 the road smoothed out and was good to Whitehorse. 

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 8:15 AM.  Got fuel at the station at the campground.  Back on the road at 8:30. 

MP 638 – Took a scenic picture.
MP 652 – Scenic shot from the construction area.
MP 660 – I got pictures of a small grizzly.
MP 672 – I took some scenic shots while driving and never slowed down.
MP 696 – Saw a large caribou, with large antlers, but saw it too late to stop and get a Picture. 

We stopped at Teslin for lunch. 

We saw 7 bicycles today that were loaded with gear.  Two of them had wheeled carriers behind.  Five of them were by themselves and only two were together.  

Fuel Prices:   Teslin – Gasoline $1.499 – Diesel $1.429 

  • Campsite:   Pioneer RV Park, Whitehorse, YT - 2 nights - site 65 - gravel pad - pull thru - 30 amp, water, sewer, picnic table, WiFi (FREE), cable (FREE) - Good Sam Park - Cost $30.25 per night - Saved $6.40 - Rating 5/2 - Got setup at 4:20 PM.  

We arrived at the campground at 2:45 but took about 15 minutes to get registered because there were 3 rigs ahead of us.  Got to our site, unhooked the pickup, and then took the motorhome to the RV wash.  After we got the motorhome setup I took the pickup to the RV wash. 

Got tickets for “Frantic Follies” for tomorrow night.  Cost $24.00 each, same price as 2009.

At MP 638 I took this picture through the windshield.
At MP 672 I took this picture through the windshield.
At MP 660 saw this small grizzle bear. 
Our campsite at Pioneer RV Park, Whitehorse, YT.

06-11-2013     Tue    

Weather:   Sunny in the morning with overcast and intermittent sprinkle in the afternoon and evening. 

Days Activities:   I went to Philmar RV and made an appointment to get the water pump replaced in the morning.  Appointment for 8 AM. 

We went to the presentation of “Frantic Follies” and it was great again. 

Drove pickup 54.2 miles.

06-12-2013      Wed      Trip Meter:   333.7      

Weather:   Sunny all morning.  At noon it got really dark, there was a 10 minute shower, then we were back into sunshine gain. 

Fueled Coach:   At Pioneer RV Campground.  $1.365 = $5.083. 

Fueled Pickup:   At Pioneer RV Campground.  $1.445 = $5.380. 

Driving Directions:   Continued on YT 1 west.  14 mile from the campground turned north on YT 2, aka Klondike Loop.  In Dawson City got off at the campground. 

Driving conditions – The entire road today was 2-lane ranging from poor to very good, nearly all of it with no shoulders.  Approximately 10% was poor, 5% very good, and the remaining 85% about evenly split from fair to good.  It was all mixed together so was difficult to describe each section. 

At MP 42.5 hit our first frost heaves of the trip.  They were marked with red flags and a lot of skid marks.
Starting at MP 75 there was 15 miles of numerous pot holes but there were 2 road crews out patching.
Most of the bad spots in the road was marked with red flags.  Slow down at the flags and the travel is not bad.  Pot holes did not have flags.
At MP 211 the Stewart River Bridge was being resurfaced.  One-lane, being controlled with a traffic light.
At MP 292 – Flat Creek Bridge.  The surface to the bridge approaches has been removed for about 100 feet on each side.  
At MP 296 there was another break in the pavement for about 100 yards. 

For the 321 miles of the Klondike Loop there are very few places to pull off the road.  I believe we saw 5 formal Rest Stops, 5 or 6 scenic viewing pullout, only a couple of regular pullouts, and very few informal areas to get off the road.   

Days Activities:   Departed campsite at 7:30 AM.  Stopped at the campground office and fueled the motorhome and pickup. Got a 3 cent per liter discount.  Departed campground at 7:45.  Philmar RV was only 2 miles from the campground and we got there at 7:48.  Parked and waited for them to open. 

Got a new fresh water pump installed.  Cost $395.54.  Departed and back on the road at 9:40 AM. 

MP 29 – Took a picture of Fox Lake from the motorhome.
MP 35 – Took another picture of Fox Lake from the motorhome.
MP 55 – Stopped at Braeburn Lodge an bought one of their “World Famous Cinnamon Buns”.  It weighted 2.5 lbs, was over 8 inches in diameter, and cost $10.00.
MP 71 – Stopped and Sue took pictures of some purple flowers.
MP 103 – Took a picture of the mountain leaving Carmacks, from the motorhome.
MP 116 – Stopped and we took pictures of Five Fingers Rapids.

Fuel Prices:   Carmacks – Gasoline $1.599 – Diesel not posted

  • Campsite:   Dawson City RV Park, Dawson City, YT - overnight - site 34 - gravel pad - pull thru - 30 amp, water, sewer, picnic table, WiFi (FREE), cable (FREE) - Commercial Campground - no discounts - Cost $41.74 per night - Rating 5/2 - Got setup at 5:15 PM.  Note – WiFi not working in the campground. 

We did not see any animals during the drive today, but it was a very peaceful and scenic drive.   

As mentioned, the roads were not smooth all the way.  However, I was able to hold a fairly consistent 55 mph for the first half of the trip and 50 mph for the second half.  There was very little traffic on the road so I was able to use both lanes which allowed me to dodge and straddle pot holes without having to slow down.  Did have to slow down for the rough spots.  Averaged 47.5 mph today.  

I went outside and took 3 pictures of the campground area at 12:30 AM, without a flash.  It looked like daytime; could have very easily read a book without any problem. 

Drove pickup 8.1 miles.

Braeburn Lodge at MP 55.  We stopped and bought one of their “World Famous Cinnamon Buns”.  It weighted 2.5 lbs, was over 8 inches in diameter, and cost $10.00.
We are now on the Klondike Loop headed for Dawson City.  This is Fox Lake at MP 29.
The Cinnamon bun.
MP 116 - Five Finger rapids.  This is reported to be one of the most dangerous places on the Yukon Rive to navigate.
Our campsite at Dawson City RV Park, Dawson City, YT .  Picture was taken at 12:30 AM with no flash.
From the campground.  Picture was taken at 12:30 AM with no flash.

06-13-2013     Thur      Trip Meter:   111.0      

Weather:   Sunny all day. 

Fueled Coach:   At Chicken Creek RV Park, Chicken, AK.  $5.199.  Did not fill it up.

I reset the motorhome trip meter so all mileages reported will be the actual reading from my trip meter, not the milepost. 

Ferry to mile 5.5 – good 2-lane pavement.
Mile 5.5 to 46.3 – gravel surface, poor to very good, lot of rough spots and several areas with pot holes.  Watch for red flags.  Was not a bad drive as long as you watch the road and
          drive the road conditions.  My speed was 15 to 40 mph.
Mile 46.3 to 47.7 – pavement.
Mile 47.7 to 49.6 – gravel.
Mile 49.6 to 51.2 – pavement.
Mile 51.2 to 51.8 – gravel.
Mile 51.8 to 58.9 – pavement.
Mile 58.9 to 60.0 – deteriorating pavement.
Mile 60.0 to 62.2 – deteriorating pavements has turned to gravel. 
Mile 62.2 to 65.3 – pavement.  Border crossing.

Driving Directions:   Took the ferry across the Yukon River, then YT 9 west.  At the border continued on Border Spur Road.  At the Eagle turnoff the road became AK 5 aka Taylor Hwy. At Chicken got off for the campground.

Days Activities:   Departed campground at 10:50 AM.  Didn’t take any pictures of the campsite because it is just a parking lot.  Didn’t take any pictures of Dawson City because we have been here twice and took pictures then.  Photos can be found on the website in 2005 and 2009.

Sue got on the ferry and crossed ahead of me.  I got on at 11:19 and off at 11:23.  We hooked up the pickup and on the road at 11:27.

While I was waiting to load on the ferry I took a picture of a paddle wheeler that was loaded on a trailer next to the ferry landing, the “Klondike Spirit”.  There were several men working on it.  I talked to one of them.  They are getting the boat ready to launch on the 21st.  It is used for cruises on the Yukon.  It goes on 2 hour cruise, 5 miles upstream then 5 miles downstream, and also evening dinner cruises.

Mile 12.0 took a picture of a valley.
Mile 17.8 took pictures of both sides of the road.
Mile 22.4 took a picture of a valley to the south.
Mile 24.5 took a scenic shot through the windshield.
Mile 27.5 took pictures, both sides, from the motorhome.
Mile 33.2 saw a bicycle.
Mile 33.5 pictures of mountains to the north.


The ferry at Dawson city departing for the crossing of  the Yukon River.  We did not hook up the pickup before crossing.  Sue is on board and I had to wait for the ferry to return.  The crossing takes 4 to 5 minutes.
The Klondike Spirit is being prepared for tours of the Yukon River.
MP 24.5 - pictures taken thru the windshield.  Top of the World Highway.
MP 27.5 - Top of the World Highway, looking north.
Looking west at the Poker Creek border crossing station.
US customs at Poker Creek.

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