Top of the World Highway = OMG & Chicken Alaska

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Day 93 - July 31st.  We started off at 5:45 a.m to get to the ferry before everyone else did!  It's a short trip on a fast moving Yukon River.  Some of our group decided to get a jump on the ferry and leave a day earlier than necessary...they lined up around 11:30 and got on the ferry at 5:30!  So much for getting a head start!  We on the other hand lined up at the ferry at 5:55 a.m. and were across at 6:20 and would have been there sooner, but they had a shift change and we waited for that.

Fortunately we are having a beautiful sunny morning for the crossing!  At some times I felt like I was on the road version of the Titanic!!!  The Canadian side was a piece of cake compared with what we faced the minute we went through customs into the USA. They should be ashamed!!!

The nice part of driving the Canadian side early in the a.m. is that customs doesn't open until 9:00 a.m., so we had only two cars pass us the whole way to the border - and they must have been on the night shift.  Very nice.  In fact all the roads that we have been on have been virtually empty.  Yes, we get the truckers and the workers, and the RV's but they are few and far between.  Great for us!  

The road over on the Canadian side was mostly hard pack gravel or even pavement. The second you go past the border that all changes from hard pack, to dirt (or dust) then to gravel and at one point it was like they dumped large gravel larger that you fist in the road and just said, "have at it" and sooner or later we'll get to crushing it.  Three coaches had problems - radiator/power steering loss; tires and a total blowout of a trailer tire.

It took us just about 7 hours to go the 108 miles.  We did stop to help with the blowout so that chewed up a bit of time, but it was a long, bumpy, dips in the road, dusty day.  That is definitely a once in a lifetime drive.  Don't get me wrong, the scenery from Dawson Creek to the Canadian border was fabulous, and then once into Alaska with the construction and all the rest, we were in heavily forested areas most of the time. Luckily we had a time change once again we are 4 hours behind the East now.

Once we got to Chicken we got settled and then started to pan for gold which was fun, but really now, it's easier to buy the stuff.  I do have 4 flaked!!!  But, we will have more panning in our future.  Then we took an hour tour on and in the dredge machine and it was quite amazing to hear how they did it back in the day.  Since Chicken is so small, they have to drive the 78 miles to Tok for what they need, or if they know they won't find it there they have to drive back to Dawson City on the Top of the Road Disaster - NEVER!!!  

We had a great cookout that night and we are off the next day to Tok Alaska 78 miles down the road.
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Pamela on

Now I know why we always flew to Alaska!!! However, I remember going when I was 14 (yeah, just a few years ago) and only half the plane was used for passengers. There was a curtain half way back and behind it was cargo. Not many people went to Alaska back in the day unless they were working up there or lived there. No tourists to speak of.

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