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Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: 2011 Alaska Trip Planning
« Reply #30 on: December 09, 2010, 08:44:25 AM »
The middle Cassiar may still be oiled gravel & dirt. When the weather is dry and the surface treatment recent, it is almost indistinguishable from macadam. But add some water and it can go to pot(holes) in a hurry. I've traveled it when 50 mph was reasonable, and other times when even 5 mph was torture.
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Jeff

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Re: 2011 Alaska Trip Planning
« Reply #31 on: December 09, 2010, 11:41:08 PM »
Three years ago they were rebuilding the middle and north section with new brides and real blacktop. By now it may have washed away. :D

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: 2011 Alaska Trip Planning
« Reply #32 on: December 10, 2010, 08:53:49 AM »
Wow. Blacktop all the way, even if washed out here and there, would be a big improvement.

We had the good fortune to drive south on the Cassiar once in mid-September, right after they had finished refurbishing it for the season. Firm and smooth and no dust or potholes. A far cry from our previous trip in late spring, with 25 miles of it washed out by the spring thaw and only partially repaired
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Re: 2011 Alaska Trip Planning
« Reply #33 on: December 10, 2010, 09:20:39 AM »
We were down the Cassier in September.  Except for  a couple stretches that are under construction, it was all paved.  Lots of places up there, you can actually drive a more consistent speed on the gravel roads because they are much easier to rapair and don't have the 20 mph frost heave areas like the paved roads.  If you want to avoid a grungy vehicle or are in a hurry, don't drive, fly!!!!

The trip over to Sterling, BC and Hyder, Ak are a must if you drive down the Cassier.
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Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: 2011 Alaska Trip Planning
« Reply #34 on: December 10, 2010, 09:51:31 AM »
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The trip over to Sterling, BC and Hyder, Ak are a must if you drive down the Cassier.

That would be Stewart, BC, but I agree 100%!
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BigLarry

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Re: 2011 Alaska Trip Planning
« Reply #35 on: December 10, 2010, 10:10:02 AM »
I don't know which is the worst, my memory or my spelling!!!!!!!!!
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Re: 2011 Alaska Trip Planning
« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2011, 08:28:58 AM »
Hi Marsha,

If you can manage it (stomach it, may be more like it  ;D ), you may want to try the road into Telegraph Creek along the Cassiar. Beware, this is NOT the place to take your trailer. This is a side trip with your toad.

http://www.vancouverisland.com/regions/towns/?townid=3675

Of course, your Milepost is a must.

DH and I did a trip to Alaska with his parents when I was pregnant with my first. We drove from Prince George to Prince Rupert, and took the ferry up, and drove back down. I would recommend this trip in a heartbeat. The ferry up to Alaska is magical. And the drive back down is thrilling.

If by chance you're going up from Prince George through to Fort Nelson, and up along that way, I would highly recommend the Liard Hot Springs near Fort Nelson. I've personally never been, but DH has, and it's on my must-get-to list.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/liard_rv_hs/

You will find most conveniences most of the way along, whichever way you travel. I would suggest, though, that you stock up in Prince George, because things tend to get more expensive past here. If you're going west, Terrace would be another reasonable place to stock up, or if you're going north, either Dawson Creek or Fort St. John, though again, more expensive.

This will be a most spectacular trip! Enjoy!
23', 1994 Fleetwood Mallard, pretty new to all of this and love the camping season!

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Re: 2011 Alaska Trip Planning
« Reply #37 on: February 09, 2011, 11:55:11 AM »
Thanks for the info, Campergirl; especially the stocking up locations. 

We are intense planners; but often change direction if the other way looks good.  Many on this forum have been to Alaska and their logs/trips are posted here.   We've been using their information to plan our trip and check areas we would like to go.  It looks like we will be leaving central California sometime around the middle of May and not get back home until the first of October.  We are very excited.  A couple of years ago we went to Newfoundland, Labrador and the Canadian Maritimes which was a fabulous trip.  I'm sure this one will be just as great.

Thanks again for the info.

Marsha~
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Re: 2011 Alaska Trip Planning
« Reply #38 on: February 09, 2011, 02:10:16 PM »
That would be Stewart, BC, but I agree 100%!
The Bear Glacier is particularly spectactular especially later in the summer when the snow has melted so you can see the blue of the ice.   If you can head on up the road past Hyder to the mine site.  I say can because it's a one lane road, used to be radio controlled, and may be closed to tourists.

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Re: 2011 Alaska Trip Planning
« Reply #39 on: February 09, 2011, 08:59:39 PM »
The Bear Glacier is particularly spectactular especially later in the summer when the snow has melted so you can see the blue of the ice.   If you can head on up the road past Hyder to the mine site.  I say can because it's a one lane road, used to be radio controlled, and may be closed to tourists.

Three four years ago the road was open to tourists up to the top of the lower glacier and there were vehicles going beyond that point.

 

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