We are 2 days ahead of the plan. The road is much better than I estimated and we
have been able to maintain 60 - 65 MPH. Every now and then there is a rough road
sign. I have been slowing up for most of them only to find out that it was just a
small bump. Well, when I do not slow, it turns out to be a real bad series of
bumps. I keep thinking the Saturn will be breaking off!
Just like our trip in 2002, we are having a forest fire smoke problem.
There are many fires in BC and the smoke is just hanging in the air. They had an much lower than average snowfall the past two winters and a much lower than average rainfall the past several years.
The Alaska Highway was built in 1942 in only 8 months and 12 days. It was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Under agreement with Canada, the US: paid for the construction, did the construction, and turned the Canadian portion over to Canada after WWII.
Canada furnished the rights of way, waived import duties, sales taxes, income taxes, and immigration regulations, and provide some material along the route.
The highway was opened for military use in September of 1942.
It was opened to the public in 1948.
It's origional name was the ALCAN Highway and later changed to the Alaska Highway.