Its been a while since I have posted as things have been crazy the past couple of months. After all my posts and questions about moving to AK and all my families praying and working hard to get to our goal, it looks like our move is finally going to happen. I really cant beleive I just got to type those words! I haven't secured a job there yet but after reading all the posts and learning from my own job search experience so far over the past 5+ months, I beleive whole-heartedly, that for most people, you need to be on the ground there in AK to be taken seriously by most companies. With that in mind, things are finally lining up here at home and if they continue the way they are going, we will be looking to hit the road on July 23 and hope to arrive in Soldotna, AK on August 11th.
I'll be driving my 2008 F250 Super Duty Crew Cab (6.4L Diesel) and pulling a Dutchman 35SRV-H5 5th Wheel Toy Hauler. It's 39.5' long with double axles. Unloaded weight is around 11k and fully loaded is 15.5k. I will not be hauling toys in it but will be hauling some of our belongings in the back. Nothing huge though as we are selling all of our furniture and such before leaving. Clothes, electronics and and a few odds and ends will be the biggest part of our load.
As for our route, below is a list of the different towns we will pass through. I'm still working on our specific stops we'll make along the way but the two main things I care about seeing in the US at this point are the "Gateway to the West" and Yellowstone Park (well probably stay a couple of days in Yellow Stone). Would like to see Rushmore and the Rocky's too but we'll see if time permits. I have budgeted just under 3 weeks for our trip.The estimated miles and hours below are from one location to the next. We will start from home and travel west:
- Leaving Knoxville, TN
- Nashville, TN - 192 Miles / 3.25 hours
- Paducah, KY - 137 Miles / 2.50 hours
- Mt. Vernon, IL - 97 Miles / 2.00 hours
- St. Louise, MO - 82 miles / 2.00 hours
- Columbia, MO - 123 Miles / 2.25 hours
- Kansas City, MO - 125 Miles / 2.25 hours
- Oakley, KS - 352 Miles / 5.50 hours
- Denver, CO - 254 Miles / 4.25 hours
- Cheyenne, WY - 103 Miles / 1.75 hours
- Casper, WY - 178 Miles / 2.75 hours
- ShoShoni, WY - 99 Miles / 1.75 hours
- Duboise, WY - 95 Miles / 1.75 hours
- West Yellowstone, MT - 152 Miles / 3.75 hours
- Big Sky, MT - 55 Miles / 1.25 Hours
- Butte, MT - 123 Miles / 2.50 Hours
- Great Falls, MT - 155 Miles / 2.50 hours
- We'll cross the border at Sweetgrass, MT.
- Letherridge, AB - 186 Miles / 3.25 hours
- Calgary, AB - 137 Miles / 2.75 hours
- Edmonton, AB - 185 Miles / 3.35 hours
- Valleyview, AB - 216 Miles / 4.00 hours
- Dawson Creek, BC - 150 Miles / 3.00 hours
- Ft. Nelson, BC - 282 Miles / 6.50 hours
- Watson Lake, YT - 318 Miles / 7.50 hours
- Whitehorse, YT - 272 Miles / 6.25 hours
- Haines Junction, YT - 95 Miles / 2.25 hours
- Tok, AK - 291 Miles / 6.50 hours
- Glennallen, AK - 139 Miles / 2.50 hours
- Palmer, AK - 137 Miles / 2.50 hours
- Anchorage, AK - 42 Miles / 1.00 hours
- Soldotna, AK - 147 Miles / 2.75 hours Final Destination
With all the info above, I have a ton of questions but will try to keep them to a minimum for now. I would love everyone's feedback and/or advice for making this a successful trip up.
-What are your thoughts on the route... good choices, bad choices? What would you change? Also any and all suggestions for "must see" places or things along our way would be greatly appreciated.
- I have secured passports for my family. The 5th Wheel is a friend of ours who wants me to pull it to AK for him. According to customs, we will need a notarized letter from the owner, granting us permission to take the camper across the border and then back in to AK. This will not be an issue. Outside of these items, what else will we need to make it across the border successfully?
- Truck and Camper Survival... What all would you suggest we have with us to avoid serious situations? A full-sized, inflated spare tire for both truck and camper, an extra 5 gallon of gas, etc? I'm guessing Triple A doesn't work in Canada.
- What other advice do you have for me?
Thanks in advance for your responses to this post and for all your responses to my posts over the past several months! They have all been very helpful and I appreciate each one!