The Road - Day 8 Arriving in Alaska
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:52 PM
Hi, I hope you and yours are well and life is good. I am feeling much better today than yesterday. I was finally able to get some good continuous sleep. It was getting to me because lack of sleep almost costed me my life once. I didn’t want it to happen again, not now, not here.
This morning I left the Cottonwood RV park in the Yukon south of Destruction Bay. I turned right and continued to finish what I set out to do, get to Alaska and video wildlife. The road from Destruction Bay to Beaver Creek Yukon, Canada was as I expected but not so bad. The camper and I, made it just fine. Talking to a fellow this morning who traveled the road yesterday was able to give me a scouting report. I was prepared for the worst but I have actually seen that stretch of road in a lot worse condition. When I reached the Alaska sign I saw a gal there and asked her if she would mind getting a picture of me, rig and the Alaska sign. She agreed. I found out after we made it through US customs that she was from Colorado, too. I guess she noticed my license plate as well because she waved as she passed me. I was pulled over to sign my passport, I though I had signed it prior, but I didn’t. The boarder agent was kind about it and let enter Alaska. Again, I was prepared for the worse roads from the boarder to Tok, AK and again, I have driven that road in lot worse condition. I made it to Tok and proceeded into Fast Eddie’s Restaurant to eat a Roast beef sandwich. I also called the RV park I am staying tonight and tomorrow night at to see if they could accommodate me. I then made camp and for the first time since last Wednesday unhooked the travel trailer from the truck. It gave me a chance to readjust one of the tow stabilizer brackets. It was slanted towards the truck instead of being straight up and down. Figures the wrench came loose and I did a face plant, I am surprised my face was alright. My upper right arm got the worse of it. I have a larger than life welt when it scraped the stabilizer bracket while trying to tighten the bolts. Anyway I got it done. I was happy I had all the right tools to do the job. With camp setup and almost everything being hauled in the truck moved into the camper to be put away proper. I then went to the RV parks car wash and I thought I washed the truck but it is still dirty. I then went to liquor store to get a good tasting beer called Alaskan White. I wanted the Alaskan Summer but they didn’t have it. I came back to camp and checked for cell and internet connection. My cell phone is working for my connection to be able to upload this entry. I then proceeded to make reservations for Friday and Saturday in Valdez, AK and a boat trip around Prince William Sound with a company called Lu Lu Bell. I learned about them from youtube. I then made reservations at a beautiful place(Pictures to come later.) In the past, I have always rushed by in a hurry to get to another place. Not this time, I am going to spend two nights looking at mountains and glaciers before going back into civilization, Anchorage, for my departure to King Salmon and day trips to Brooks Falls and the bears. Oh yeah, speaking of bears, I only saw one today. It was almost the shaggiest grizzly bear I have ever seen. I spotted it as I drove by. It was hard to see due to it looking like it was eating vegetation from inside a bush. I thought it was something that a bicyclist had just ridden their bike right by there. Thinking back as I write this, I hope she was only waving and not trying to flag me down. She didn’t seem to be in distress, but I don’t know thinking back as I write this. After I made my plans to fill in the gap between now and July 2, I went to the RV parks restaurant to have dinner. The french dip sandwich, with home made potato chips was very tasty. I have decided to go into Anchorage a day early, to be able to have the truck serviced. And to buy groceries and other odds and ends.
There are no words to express how sorry I am for the end of yesterday’s blog entry. I was tired and not happy to always be doing things alone. My deepest and most sincere apologies. I wanted to edit the post but I lost cell signal when another RV pulled in. There is no doubt this has been The longest and hardest trip to Alaska by far. The trips mom and I made while she was in a wheel chair wasn’t even close to being this hard. It was hard because I wish I had someone to share it with…
I am including pictures from last night, after I had already lost cell coverage.