If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
Jul 5, 2007
|Alaska Adventure, If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
We haven't had internet service since Monday, when we left the US and entered CN.
Friday-June 29th, 2007
We were still in Redding, but the time hasn't been wasted. My computer crashed and Larry and I spent the biggest part of 2 days restoring it. It seemed like a week reworking my computer so I could do these updates. He also helped me to put together an RV Manual, for maintenance, expenses, documentation information, etc. I'm not a detail oriented guy and it's definitely taxing my detail orientation.
Today was a free day, in the vague sense of the word, we got a chance to take in some site seeing. We spent the morning wandering around Lake Shasta Dam and Lake Shasta. The dam was built in 2 years, 1937-1938 and is over 600 high, 300 feet wide. Then we headed off to Sun Dial Bridge, an Engineering and Architectural work of art. Sun Dial Bridge is a single tower suspension bridge that is an actual working sun dial. Simply, amazing. A must see if you're in the Redding area.
In the afternoon we went looking for Whiskey Town, there wasn't much of a town. The one building, a General Store, was boarded up. Whiskey Town Lake was very impressive. We found a dirt road that took us all the way around the lake and gave many spectacular views thru the trees but not much in the way of photo opportunities. We actually saw a deer jump across the road in front of us just like on the road signs.
The guys at All Wheel Alignment stayed around after hours and finished up their work on the manifolds, drive shaft, yoke, u-joints and emergency/park brake system and we were off about 8PM. I told them I thought their overnight fees of $750/night were a little high, and I'd stayed in better places for a less. They assured us we were just like family and welcome to stop by and stay as long as we wanted in the future.
We found the evening drive very enjoyable, made it to Roseburg, Or. for the night and after a week of going nowhere, it felt like we were really on our way.
Saturday, June 30ith, 2007
I had lost contact with a good friend Rich Cox, and reconnected a couple of weeks ago. Rich now lives in Portland, OR. with Delila, and her 12 year old son Elliott. We were going to meet for lunch but they invited us to stop by there home for a BBQ, it was a very nice change of pace. They treated us to burgers, fresh cherries and home grown snow peas. After an afternoon of fun, remembering old times, people and places, we took off for Seattle, WA for the night. We're found a beautiful road side rest area and Larry made arrangements to meet with JD Wessling and his wife Linda for Sunday breakfast.
Sunday, July 1st, 2007
Well, feeling like we were really on our way left as fast as it came. Sunday morning, as we were getting ready to leave and meet the Wesslings' the RV decided it wanted to take another day off. It would turnover but not start. We found a mobile mechanic and cancelled our breakfast plans and we're waiting again, to see what we could do to get back on the road again.
We called Vance, the Mobile Mechanic from Fractured Head. He showed just after noon, right in the middle of the Nascar Race at Louden, NH. He was a real character as his business name implied. He was seemed very knowledgeable, but after checking to see if we had the proper spark, fuel, air, compression, timing, etc he said he had no idea what the problem was and we'd have to get to a dealer on Monday. He was frustrated and said we didn't owe him anything, but I paid him for his two hours and watched the end of the race. I spent Sunday evening on the phone with the Emergency Road Service trying to coordinate Mondays towing.
Monday, July 2nd, 2007
Monday morning was spent trying to find a dealership that would accept the RV and check it out. All of the shops were booked up for the week of July 4th and either didn't have a clue where to start or couldn't look at it till after Thursday the 5th, It was at that time we entertained the possibility of having to abort our adventure because it looked like we were about to lose another week. We were dropped off the hook at Gilchrist Chevrolet in Tacoma about noon. Dave, the service advisor, said he would look at it but couldn't guarantee when he could get it repaired. He suggested we take a long lunch and check back after lunch. As we were leaving I heard the tow truck driver telling Dave he'd be back in an hour with another one...
While we were at lunch Dave called and said we had a problem, his mechanic climbed in and turned the key and the RV started immediately. He didn't know how to deal with it? How do you fix something that's not broke? His said his guys were good, but not that good. After talking to Bill, my RV mechanic at home, he suggested that we replace the fuel sending unit relay just in case. So 2 days later, a new relay and $300.00 we're off again on our Alaskan Adventure.
We stopped at the first road side rest area and I was going to leave the RV running, but Larry wanted to make sure it would start! He said it would be better to find out now than later. It started and we left Gods' Country, (USA) at 5:30PM and entered Abbottsford, CANADA and headed North/East. You've gotta love it when the posted speed is 100! Too bad it was kilometers and not miles. The CN journey has been beautiful following the Fraiser River thru several canyons. We even saw Hell's Gate. Like Or. and Wa. lots' of green and trees as far as you can see. We made it 350 miles just past Clinton, CN and are looking forward to getting past Dawsons Creek and getting on the Alaskan Hiway where we'll feel like we're really on our way again.
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
Today was a great day. We logged almost 1000 Kilometers, 600 Miles. We're at the halfway mark. It seems like there's always another beautiful lake or river just around the next bend. We've seen lots of deer, a moose out for a swim in the lake and an eagle perched on a branch just off the side of the road. I wished we could have gotten pictures. We pass them before we knew it and the roads are so narrow there's no place to pull over or turn around.
After missing a couple of turns, Larry found us a long cut, (15 miles of dirt road) and we're back on track. MSN streets doesn't have all the streets for CN updated. It was a nice little off road, country drive. Finally, we made it past Dawson's Creek and onto the Alaskan Hiway at 10PM and it was still daylight. Ya gotta love it. With the long day light hours it just doesn't get much better than this.
Everything here looks the same as any hiway in America except, the roads don't go straight for very long, No guard rails or roadside fences. There is not much speeding, half the time we're not capable of the posted speed. There's virtually no litter, just green roadsides, and lot's of wild life, unbelievable. There's no cops! We've seen a couple. There were 4 or 5 at a curve on the side of the road standing around a radar gun mounted on top of a tri-pod. There's very limited cell service and virtually no internet service. I'm looking forward to catching up on my emails and sending this update off as soon as we get internet service. I almost forgot to mention the GAS PRICES!!!, we've been paying anywhere from $1.15 to $1.50/liter, 3.78 liters/gallon, or about $4.50 to $6.00/gallon. Did I mention the wild Life? Other than that it's just about the same....
Just after getting on the Alaskan Hiway and looking for a place to stop for the night, we were stopped and had to wait for a pilot car to proceed, one way at a time. Uncle Wally was right in Alaska they have two seasons, winter, and road work. Even with that the roads have been remarkable, I've certainly been on a lot worse.
Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
Happy Fourth of July, everyone. It is strange not being home on the 4th of July with the BBQ's etc. no fireworks here, They celebrated Canada's Day, July 1st, Today was nothing short of spectacular, great, scenic views of beautiful British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.
Today there were more lakes and rivers and the wild life than you could imagine. We saw 2 black bears, a fox, several caribou, several moose, one even stopped right in the middle of the road in front of us but loped off before we get a picture, but we did get picture of a moose and her calf playing just off the side of the road.
Next as we came around a curve and notice lot's of vehicles stopped on and off the road. There were about 100 Big Horn Sheep, rams , ewes, and kits all over the place on and off both sides of the road. It was like being out on the boat and being surrounded by dolphins. Something you don't get to see very often, but today was our lucky day. It wasn't long before we kept seeing "watch for buffalo" signs, we're thinking no way we've got to get a picture, no one would believe it. You guessed it, same thing people stopped in their tracks about 100 buffalo just wandering about on and off both side of the roads. We took lot's of pictures, literally, the Big Horn Sheep and Buffalo had the roads blocked.
Today was a great day. We covered 700 miles, made it to the Yukon Territory. We're less than 1000 mile and a couple of days from Anchorage. We saw more wild life that we could count. This is the adventure we came for.
Thanks for checking in, your comments, keeping in touch, and all of the support.
Love Ya, Miss Ya, Wished You Were Here, Charles and Larry