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    Re: Alaska 2/2/2/2 & 1 2009

    Thanks. What made this trip more enjoyable was being able to take our dogs. Ironheadziggy76 was a blast to travel with also.

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    Re: Alaska 2/2/2/2 & 1 2009

    I haven't read the whole thread but - if you have any Alaska questions please ask. I'll do my best. I've driven the Alcan a few times. The last time was in 2011 when my daughter and I took the motorcycle, sidecar, and tent trailer to Disneyland and back. 8100 miles in 57 days. Many National Parks. We took the ferry back from Bellingham, WA. Also, in 2007 I hosted a Ride-In for the Venturers.com.

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    Re: Alaska 2/2/2/2 & 1 2009

    Dan,

    Since you offered, I'll try one. It's perhaps a little outside your expertise. We will be coming up in June and routing through Glacier NP and The Icefields Pkwy. At Jasper I'm looking at heading a short distance NE on the Trans-Canada to hwy 40 north to hwy43. Do you know the condition of 40?

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    Re: Alaska 2/2/2/2 & 1 2009

    Richard .... 49 north of Hinton is/was in good shape when I last rode it in 07/08(?) You can make time in the upper stretches of it before Grand Prairie as it is relatively straight and flat.

    IMHO ... 97 is more scenic from PG north to where it hooks up with 2 in Dawson Creek.


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    Re: Alaska 2/2/2/2 & 1 2009

    Richard, Dusty is spot on.
    40 north of Hinton is in decent shape as recent as 2011 I normally check the weather while in Jasper and if its clear I take 40 North but if its going to be wet I use 97 north of Prince George.
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    I don't know the hiway numbers but I know the road you're talking about. We went south from Grand Prairie thru Grand Cache to Jasper. The road was fine and paved the entire way. Grand Cache is at the top of a mountain. There was still snow there at the end of May. Get gas there. There is a little shopping mall across the hiway that has a Subway. On the north side of Grand Cache is a coal mine (i think). We had to sit for about 20 minutes while they bkasted. Then they gave every vehicle a $5 gas card - which I immediately forgot to use. If you've never ridden the Icefields the take your time and enjoy it. Lake Louise is amazing. It's worth the hike to a Tea House. One is 5km along the lake and the other is 3km up. Parking was $20 at the Lake Louise hotel. Ooh ooh. Don't forget to stop at Radium Hotsprings on your way. Just before you exit Jasper on the north side there is a road to the west. Just around the corner is a little pullout. Amazing waterfalls and info about the water carving out the rocks for centuries. Once you get off the mountain north of Grand Cache you will be on the prairie. It's flat. Like really flat. All the way to infinity and beyond. Turn left at Grand Prairie. It's a huge city. As you enter town there is a big gas station on your left. They have everything. Maybe more. Just before Dawson Creek is a nice little campground on Swan Lake. It's about a half mile off the road. Careful going over the railroad tracks.

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    Re: Alaska 2/2/2/2 & 1 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan in Alaska View Post
    I don't know the hiway numbers but I know the road you're talking about. We went south from Grand Prairie thru Grand Cache to Jasper. The road was fine and paved the entire way. Grand Cache is at the top of a mountain. There was still snow there at the end of May. Get gas there. There is a little shopping mall across the hiway that has a Subway. On the north side of Grand Cache is a coal mine (i think). We had to sit for about 20 minutes while they bkasted. Then they gave every vehicle a $5 gas card - which I immediately forgot to use. If you've never ridden the Icefields the take your time and enjoy it. Lake Louise is amazing. It's worth the hike to a Tea House. One is 5km along the lake and the other is 3km up. Parking was $20 at the Lake Louise hotel. Ooh ooh. Don't forget to stop at Radium Hotsprings on your way. Just before you exit Jasper on the north side there is a road to the west. Just around the corner is a little pullout. Amazing waterfalls and info about the water carving out the rocks for centuries. Once you get off the mountain north of Grand Cache you will be on the prairie. It's flat. Like really flat. All the way to infinity and beyond. Turn left at Grand Prairie. It's a huge city. As you enter town there is a big gas station on your left. They have everything. Maybe more. Just before Dawson Creek is a nice little campground on Swan Lake. It's about a half mile off the road. Careful going over the railroad tracks.
    Richard, this is the route I took on my way back from Dawson Creek and it cut off quite a bit of time plus the city driving. I camped in Jasper so I could spend another full day on the Icefield Parkway, before ending the day just across the border in Montana. As always, be sure and top off with gas along the way.
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    Re: Alaska 2/2/2/2 & 1 2009

    I love going back and reading this.
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    Re: Alaska 2/2/2/2 & 1 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by lytle1gw View Post
    I love going back and reading this.

    Me too Gary! It was an awesome trip!

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