Yesterday we started a 4,000+ mile drive to our campground hosting job in Moose Pass, Alaska. It has (knock on wood) been uneventful so far. Traffic has been heavy through the big cities but manageable. Yukon has nerves of steel and excellent defensive driving skills.
Preparation for driving to Alaska
Before we left, we did all the maintenance we could think of on the rig and our tow car (hereafter referred to as Gru and Bob respectively). From getting inspections, to checking tires (Bob got four new ones), to making sure all fluids were topped off and giving both a good wash and wax. We filled up with half a tank of fresh water, bought some groceries, and a lot of pet food. After a ton of laundry – all curtains, sheets, blankets, towels, rugs, and pet beds (plus all of our dirty clothing) – we were smelling fresh and clean inside, too.
Hobbes and Rex, our pets, are seasoned travelers and settle in pretty well. Hobbes the cat gets nervous when the roads get really rough or bouncy (most big cities), but otherwise he and Rex are very chill about traveling.
Mileage driving to Alaska
These first three days, we expect to lope through almost 600 miles per day. The interstates in the US are in pretty good shape and Yukon can set the cruise control at 65 mph and get about 10.5 miles per gallon of diesel. Not awful (not great, but such is the life when driving a 38′ diesel pusher).
Once we get into Canada, things will slow down a lot because their roads are smaller and much more rural. We’ll have to be on the lookout for frost heaves, potholes, animals, etc., while we driving. The advice also is to drive “on the top of your tank” so we’ll stop and fill up with diesel at least twice a day.
Facebook Live Videos
We’re trying to share our adventure “real time” and have done three Facebook Live Videos of the adventure so far. Check ’em out!
Keeping on keeping on
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