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Published: August 9th 2013
Connie and me on the road to Tok
Before I tell you about the trip to Tok (pronounced Toke like poke) I want to tell you a few things about Chicken, AK. We stayed at the Chicken Gold Camp RV Park. Chicken was named when the early miners wanted to name their camp Ptarmigan, after the state bird, but couldn't spell it. The population is 37. Now think about it, we have 23 coaches with two occupants, that just more than doubled the population and the campground was completely full. When I mentioned that to the owner he said not only that, but in the winter there are only 3 people who stay. The post master, her husband, and an old-timer that will probably die there. Now that's what I call chicken, but finally some honesty about the winters. They have to bring in the water so a 5 minute shower cost $3.
Now on to Tok
Day 13 - Monday July 29 Chicken to Tok 78 miles
What an easy drive after the day before. 65 miles into the drive, at Tetlin Junction we turned West back onto the Alaskan Highway. Tok was named after a young puppy mascot of the US Army 97th Engineer
Views on the road to Tok
Corps. It is known as the "Sled Dog Capital of Alaska" because of the number of Siberian huskies bred and trained for the official state sport of Alaska, dog mushing. It is also the trade and service center for all types of transportation since it is the major overland point of entry to Alaska on the Alaskan Highway.
When we arrived in Tok we all went to a gas station offering free rv/car washes. After we filled up we went over to the Tok RV Village and lined up to wash our rigs. We grabbed our long handled brushes and for two hours washed each others cars and RVs before we parked them. A lot of hard work but so much fun helping each other.
That night we celebrated, Dwayne, our Wagon Master's birthday.
Day 14 - Tuesday July 30 Tok to Fairbanks 202 miles
The big stop of this drive was at Mile Post 1422 the actual end of the Alaska Highway. We stopped off at the visitor center to get the official picture to go with the one from Dawson Creek at Mile Post 0.
We made very few stops that day, we
had decided to get the mess cleaned up in the RV from the Top of the World. We were the first to arrive at the Riverview RV Park in North Pole AK and started right in on emptying the closets of shoes and coats, removed all the bed linens which filled up 5 trash bags. We took all the linen and clothes over to the laundry mat to run through the dryer. I started in on the dusting going over everything ceiling to floor twice and Pat came through and vacuumed. Finally we felt clean again. All of this was caused by a small opening in Pat's closet less than a 1/4 inch. We plugged it with plastic bags.
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