The Alaska Highway - Mile Zero

Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada

June 23

The Alaskan Adventure - 28 Days - 3,627 Miles

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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.

This is a park near the start of the Alaska (Alcan) Highway. The rock pile below the sign is made up of stones from along the Highway. That is our motorhome in the background.

The start of the Alaska Highway.
We have been at mile zero of US 1 in Key West; US 101 in Pacific Beach, CA; and now Alaska Highway. The difference, this will be the only one we will travel it's entire length.

This is the Summit of the Alaska Highway.
This highest point along the Alcan is only 4,250 feet above sea level.
The smoke is really reducing the view.

Travel is stopped while a rock slide is being removed from the road.

One of the many sights along the road.

Stone Sheep feeding on the highway.
They are darker and somewhat smaller than Big Horn Sheep.

The baby kept trying to hid behind mama.

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