29.09.2009 - 16.10.2009 -2 °C
the new and even more improved map of the roadtrip so far and what is likely to come.
So, after Banff we headed up to Jasper over Lake Louise and Peyto Lake.
We hung out there until the 5th and drove overto Prince George to pick up Dave on the 6th.
We then set off up north with the intention to drive as much as possible, even at night.
So we reached Dawson Creek relatively early, did our pictures of the "Mile 0 of Alaska Highway" sign and continued on as far as possible.
sadly, the first snow storm hit us and we soon stopped as we couldn't see shit.
The next morning we got up, had breakfast and set off on the icy not yet cleared road thinking we dont need tire chains. 10km later we landed in the ditch...
after some shots at freeing ourselves and getting a shovel from some friendly lumberjacks we called the towing company and waited.
Some 2 hours later we were free and on our way to Fort Nelson with a brand new 700 dollar shovel!
In Fort Nelson we decided we wouldn't give up on the trip up north and drove off in the evening, switching drivers so we could drive all night long.
We made really good time and reached Whitehorse the next day.
The next day we went up to Dawson City with only minor ice problems - slow driving does help even without chains.
We had a fun night out in the local Casino (did I mention the WHOLE town is kept in a complete western style? all wood sidewalks, dirtroads and your typical western buildings) and the Pit (a very loud pub.)
The next day we finally set offfor the Dempster. We made it up halfway to Eagle Plains without a problem and stayed therefor the night. It's an oasis in the middle of nothingness with restaurant mechanic and even bedrooms for those with enough money. for us it was obviously another night in the bus.
Anyways, the next day we noticed we had a flat tire, got it fixed, and went up to the arctic circle where we spent the day and night seeing some really nice northern lights!
So then, the next day we set out south again, having decided not to go all the way to Inuvik - already having encountered one flat tire on 1/4th of the whole way up and down.
Good thing too, cause on the way back we got flat tire #2.but no problem cause we still had our spare tire.
we reached dawson city in the evening,stayed there and headed off to whitehorse the next day.
Here (that's where I am atm) we called the Ferry that goes from Haines to Prince Rupert and learned that the next available ferry goes on the 24th...9 days from then...
So we decided to use the time and visit Anchorage even though we had first decided not to.
Today we wanted to head off, but a sudden blizzard caused the streets to ice over and cancelled out our plans for now.
Anywho...now we're relaxing in the local café and will seewhat tomorrow brings - good weather will mean that we will head off to the US border (let'shope they let us through )
that's the broad picture for now, peace out