Day 8 -Top of the World Highway!!!!!

Trip Start Jul 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 04, 2012

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Smith's Green Acres RV
What I did
Top of the World Highway Alaska
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Travel Time: approx just over 8.5  hours, 
Distance traveled today :  500+    km     
Total Distance Traveled: 3790 km       
Wildlife sightings: 1 grouse
Road kill (identifiable corpses only!):
Gas prices:  $5.09 a gallon in chicken, $4.19 in Delta Junction
Weather report: cold on the top of the world, not really warm after that
Today's game champ:  Bocce Ball winner was Quinn

Today we were off at 8 am.  As soon as we drove out of our awesome campground at Yukon River, we were officially on the Top of the World Highway.  You are literally driving on the top of the mountains for 108km to the Canadian Border.  After that, on the American side, the road narrows and is just a slow bumpy dirt road thru the mountains.  It took us about 6 hours of driving time going between 50-80 km /hour.  (The alternative is about an 11-13 trip back thru Whitehorse!)  The one and only gas stop on the Top of the World Highway is in Chicken, Alaska.  There are three competing gas stations, each with a riot of chicken attractions to pull you in.  It was fun to visit a few of them and take some pictures.

Tonight we are staying in a private campground in Delta Junction with lots of rules!  Delta Junction is the official end of the Alaska Highway, so if I could upload pictures, I'd upload our picture at the end of the Alaska Highway, just like we took one at the beginning in Dawson Creek on Day 2.  Pictures will likely come in abundance when we get home.  The last 2 hours of the Alaska Highway (after the Top of the World Highway) were straight and well maintained.

So tonight is shower night and laundry night.  Our first laundry facilities since we embarked.  Tomorrow we will drive thru North Pole and Fairbanks to get to Denali National Park, where Mt Denali/McKinley --the tallest in North America is located.  On Friday we are taking a full day tour into Mt McKinley; apparently seeing the top of this 20 000 ft mountain is rare in the summer, but we are hoping we will get lucky.  Lots to see otherwise anyways, but I don't think we will have much wi-fi access; no campground electricity for the next 4 nights, but at least showers for the next two.
So that is where we've been and where we are going.  I have 2 other great blog entries written about Dawson City, but I'm not sure that the wi-fi gods will work together to allow me to access them.  I will send out a notification for this update, but if you aren't reading it until after Jul18, check previous days in case we've had success in uploading them.

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Grandma on

We've enjoyed the previous entries from Whitehorse, so I think we've got them all. Great reporting. What are breakfast bushpies?
Going to your house today to pick the beans---looking good. Watered the indoor plants on Sunday.

Jill on

Sounds like you are all having a real adventure! I have enjoyed reading your entries, keep them coming.

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