Day 11 Haines Jct, YT to Tok, AK-292 hard miles

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May 25th 2016
Published: May 25th 2016
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Our first grizzly bear sighting
Left at 7:15. Anxious to leave the Kluane RV Park. Sally remarked that there is glamping and there is camping, but this park was tramping... Electricity was all that was provided - except the view, which was spectacular. Who knew that phrases like "pull through sites with full hookups" and "sani-dump station"would be so meaningful to us????? Cousin Eddie from 'Christmas Vacation' comes to mind...

Stopped for breakfast at the Cozy Corner Motel and Café. Not far out of town we saw the beautiful Kluane Lake AND our first GRIZZLY bear!

Heading for Destruction Bay - an extremely violent storm destroyed buildings and much of the AK Highway building materials during the construction, hence the name. We have been warned about treacherous roads (frost heaves have caused sudden dips in the road) beyond DB. How apropos that Destruction Bay leads to destruction roads. 20 miles of dips and then another 10 over gravel washboards followed by more dips and yet more loose gravel for a total of 45 treacherous miles. We read that the AK Highway was completed in 1942, but they've yet to complete this stretch... We only saw a 2-man surveying team, one woman driving a roller,

Entering back in to USA. Had to hard-boil our eggs before we could go through.
and another in a pickup. No other workers trying to repair these roads. An 'end of roadwork' sign at the culmination, but nothing at the start to warn you. Tom said he'd never buy a used car here...

We lunched at Buckshot Betty's and had the daily special - delicious vegetable soup and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches.

Crossed into Alaska at 12:30 Alaskan time. Cruised into Tok, AK at 2:30. First stop gas, second stop liquor store, third stop Sourdough Campground. Happy hour is next!

Dinner at Fast Eddy's. A real restaurant!! Eureka! Great menu, extensive salad bar, personable waitress - Peyton! A lovely evening.

Final odometer reading 3412

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Husky Lakota greeted us at our campsite

25th May 2016

Hi Peg, Dave, Sally & Tom, What a great adventure you 4 are having. It sure beats sitting in your warm balcony cabin of an ocean liner sipping cocktails while you think about dressing for dinner. You don't have to dress for dinner, just front up to the Cozy Corner Cafe, Buckshot Betty's or Fast Eddy's. ( I bet you miss "Sisters"). Look after those tires on those gravel roads, I'm not sure I'd like to change one if you get a flat. Do you go on to the Travelocity web site and give each one of your RV parks a rating? It's been great to follow your journey, I'd sure like to join you on a trip sometime. In the meantime, Dorothy and will shadow you over some of the places you have been. In July we start in Victoria and fly up to Whistler for 2 nights then on to Sun Peaks, Jasper, Lake Louise and then two nights at the Fairmont Hotel, Banff Springs. After we do the Rocky Mountaineer train trip down to Vancouver we then do the Inside Passage cruise to Alaska where we travel around for 7 days before flying home. According to Google, you have about 565 kms to get to Anchorage. Are you going directly there? Do you then do some sightseeing around that area before heading home? Keep having fun and sending me your great blogs Dean
25th May 2016

I look forward to my morning coffee and your blogs daily!! Will hate to see it come to an end. Looks like you're all having fun on my dream vacation. haha
26th May 2016

Glad you're enjoying the blogs. Just arrived at Denali National Park. Hope all' swell with you guys.
25th May 2016

when they say "party time, do they mean "potty time?? sounded like a bumpy road to soup & ham sand. take of yourselves, you Re the only good friends we have in cedar H. In Alaska you will have a lot of good salmon, that is, if the Bears don't eat it first. We call you are adventurous friends. we thought the trip you took us in Florida......lunch with the aligators was different, but look at you. Love you both Toni.....and Paul tooxxoo

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