Hi ... 14 years in Alaska and we're getting ready to move out. The new job didn't happen during easy-drivin' summer, so we go when we can. We'll be driving from Anchorage to Haines to catch the January 18th ferry to Bellingham. We have an older Ford F-250 4x4 equipped with nearly new BF Goodrich A/T's. I have a few questions;
- I assume we need to overnight in Tok, Beaver, or somewhere else ...don't mind leaving a day early and being bored in Haines if need be, but wonder where mid-winter hotels can be had along the way and if there are any restrictions on what time to arrive ...showing up at 2am due to weather just to find the place closed and nobody can be reached would not be a good thing.
- What towns might have open hotels in them along the way?
- How much slower is the trip in the winter, assuming no major storm?
- Does my truck sound like it's rigged OK for this trip? The A/Ts work fine around Anchorage and the Valley, but I wonder about elevation, snow/ice, passes and that sort of thing along the way. (Yes, will buy a Milepost tomorrow)
Anything else that I should know?