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Old 08-27-2007, 07:54 AM   #15
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Joel....

As a warning but I'm sure you know...Have you checked the road conditions before and after Beaver Creek. That area, around the Can/AK border, has always been rocky and under construction. Warn the Wife to slow down, snails pace, to keep the undercarriage from getting too dinged up when she sees the road deteriorating. Also, watch for the Buffalo.

We escaped from AK a few years ago...after 35years, 1 Dall Sheep, and countless Moose.

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Old 08-27-2007, 06:34 PM   #16
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Ann called me just now after we got cut off 5 hours ago. At the time she had called me and said, "I just had a Casita sighting!" and then got cut off. So she did have a Castia sighting on I-90 where she pulled over after spotting Steve Russell on his maiden voyage to the Badlands in his newly acquired used egg. They we both excited to see each other and connect, being new trailer owners each, and after talking a bit Steve asked Ann where she was going. When she said Alaska he asked, "Are you the woman I read about online?"! Incredible!!! He took her picture and said he was going to post in online. I can't wait; I haven't see her for a week...
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:52 AM   #17
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Ann had a big day on the road and marked three accomplishments:

1. Mastering cruise control. She is in Pierre, SD and drove over 450 miles today, from Kansas, through Nebraska, and almost halfway through SD. I have driven through Nebraska and am reminded of the comic who remarked he had to open the door and look at the road to make sure he was moving when he himself drove through. Someone asked if she is taking back roads and the short answer is she's driving Hwy 83. She picked up a book in town with five or six north/south American routes to take and she chose "The Road To Nowhere." I am inclined to think that "nowhere" is in reference to Cananda but it might as well be Fairbush, AK.

2. Backing up for the first time. Ann is very impressed with the city park in Pierre, which is on the Missouri River and the Lewis and Clark Trail. She is paying $15/day and said she would like to visit again. The RV park doesn't have pull-through spots so she had to back into position while half a dozen experienced road warriors looked on in silence. It took her 15 minutes but she did it.

3. Cooking. Tonight she boiled some eggs, which required her to turn on and light the propane, and threw some snow peas in with some other healthy food I'm fuzzy on, and had dinner in.

Tomorrow she should reach the border and depending on timing might cross or camp. Next stop: Canadialand!

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Old 08-28-2007, 01:19 PM   #18
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I just got an email from the fellow that Ann ran into a day or so ago, complete with pictures. Enjoy!

Hello Joel,

Today I was on the second day of my shake down cruise of my 2002 Casita LD 17. I had started from Apple Valley, MN and intend to visit several western states. As is my habit when camping, as soon as I could I left the Intersate and sought out back roads. I was heading south on a pretty little two lane highway (US 83) about 50 miles south of Valentine, Nebraska, in the sand hills of western Nebraska. I had just pulled over to let my trusty and loyal dog out for a little walk. What should appear going the opposite direction but a fancy new Ford pickup towing a brand new and very shiny Casita! Your wife pulled over just a few feet from me on the other side of the road. When she introduced herself by telling me she was on her way up to Alaska my jaw dropped, not because it is quite an undertaking for a young woman by herself, but because I had just read about her on one of the Casita sites just a couple weeks ago! What are the odds of me meeting probably the most famous Casitan on a little two lane like that in the middle of Nebraska. And it happens she was the first Casita I have seen on the road ever! She was kind enough to give me a quick tour and I took a few pictures for you. You are welcome to share this with the Casita group if you choose. If so, be sure to post the pictures of your lovely wife Ann, and beautiful rigs. I think they would find it interesting. I sure did!

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Old 08-30-2007, 12:06 AM   #19
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I was in touch with Ann briefly tonight and she is overnighting in Saskatoon, Canadialand! She successfully and uneventfully crossed the border this morning and made good time on the road today. We talked about ETA and she might be in town as soon as Sunday. She had a bit of a hard time trying to start up the furnace last night in ND, where the temp dropped down to 40F, so she ran the heater on the AC unit off and on for warmth. She didn't keep it on all night because she said the heater, and the furnace, were pretty loud. I'm curious to hear them. She also had her first water exchange experience and that went well.
Thanks for all the words of encouragement, everybody. More updates as events warrant!
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Old 08-31-2007, 01:15 AM   #20
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I had a feeling that Ann might make quicker progress once she hit Canada and for the second day in a row she drove 450+ miles. I'm not implying that Canada is less exciting. She had a road book that followed Hwy 83 and she pulled over and spent time on some of the book's highlights. The book ends at the border.

Today she drove from Saskatoon through Edmonton to Whitecourt. I have fond memories of Edmonton, myself. When I graduated high school and left home, at age 17, I drove out of Fairbanks, destination Wisconsin, in a Ford Escort that I bought very used for $500 and put new tires on. That Ford Escort got me from Fairbanks to Edmonton, where it slipped the timing belt and totally kaputskied the engine for good. It was Sunday and the only auto mechanic in the book that was open was honest-to-god named KGB Auto, where Demitri (or what ever his name was) took a look at my first car while I went to the Edmonton mall with my traveling companion and best friend, Matt. We spent two days at the mall, eating, shopping, looking, and running up the slide stairs in the water park. Long story short: My car was totaled and I left it there. No sale, no transfer of title. Demitri told me the engine was shot and he would need at least 10 days and $1500 to repair the car. I asked him if he would take it if I left it. He obliged.

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Old 08-31-2007, 02:46 AM   #21
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I still have a pair of gloves that I got at the mall in Edmonton back in the 1960's
(I have a bunch of Canadian relatives...)

Ann is going to be home to Fairbanks in no time!
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:34 AM   #22
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When I graduated high school and left home, at age 17, I drove out of Fairbanks, destination Wisconsin, in a Ford Escort that I bought very used for $500 and put new tires on. That Ford Escort got me from Fairbanks to Edmunton, where it slipped the timing belt and totally kaputskied the engine for good. It was Sunday and the only auto mechanic in the book that was open was honest-to-god named KGB Auto, where Demitri (or what ever his name was) took a look at my first car while I went to the Edmunton mall with my traveling companion and best friend, Matt. We spent two days at the mall, eating, shopping, looking, and running up the slide stairs in the water park. Long story short: My car was totaled and I left it in Edmunton. No sale, no transfer of title. Demitri told me the engine was shot and he would need at least 10 days and $1500 to repair the car. I asked him if he would take it if I left it. He obliged.
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Joel, my first car was a Ford Escort, bought second hand in EDMONTON of all places, for $1200. It had the you-know-what drove out of it. Maybe it was your old one

I'll bet Ann is happy now that she is going through some more interesting terrain, all that flat prairie driving can get old really quick. Can't wait to hear more about her adventure!
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:20 PM   #23
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According to Ann the public pool in Whitecourt is very nice and has a water slide. Today she drove a lot - probably close to 600 miles and made it into Fort Nelson. She might make it past Whitehorse tomorrow and get into town late Sunday, just in time for me to leave sheep hunting. (As an aside in regard to sheep hunting, I just bought a Swarovski HD STS65 with a 20x-60x eyepiece new in the box and on sale for $1700, normally $2300. I couldn't believe it when I saw it and I couldn't afford it but I'll never need another spotting scope again in my life. My dad split the cost with me. I wonder if he plans on splitting the use of it with me?)

Sometime between yesterday morning and tonight she tipped over into feeling comfortable with backing the trailer up, which is the exciting news for the day. Also, gas is $4.57/liter in Canada and the locals are restless. The last factoid of the day is she likes listening to CBC on radio. Who would have guessed?

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Old 09-01-2007, 09:14 AM   #24
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Trouble ! I've got trouble filling up my jeep at those prices ! I must have the decimal point in the wrong place just too many times ! It would cost me over $180.00 to fill up !
Joel, please tell me that I have used the wrong conversion table !
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Old 09-01-2007, 09:36 AM   #25
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Actually I think Joel has done the conversion for you and it's $4.57 per gallon, but not sure if it's U.S. or Imperial gallons. If it's iperial gallons that's about $1 per litre. If U.S., about $1.12 per litre. All of which is bad enough. But it sounds like she's having a great trip.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:34 AM   #26
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The latest chapter in the on going saga of Alaska Joel and Ann hasn't made it to the forums yet ! How am I going to make it through my morning coffee ? Each morning I read of the unfolding adventure as I get my morning's fix of caffein. I know that Joel usually posts about midnight, central time zone, and I will be able to get the latest on Ann's journey when I get up in the morning. Coffee is just not the same this morning. I hope that all is well with our Alaska adventurers.
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Old 09-06-2007, 10:43 AM   #27
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Well!.... What happened???...
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Old 09-06-2007, 05:12 PM   #28
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