Originally Posted by Woodchick
Also, in the last decade we've had several 'ol reliable' remote gas stations close, and several others have burned to the ground.
Cantwell and Chitina come to mind as more recent closures. They no longer have a gas station, although it may still show that they do on your maps.
I definitely saw this on my last trip on the Alcan (2014). I was on my motorcycle (Goldwing), pulling a small trailer behind it. So my range was somewhat limited. I passed so many gas stations that were closed, and had been closed for a long time. I had to sweat it a couple of times. And this was in July (prime season). Invariably, I would see a sign on the road, gas 2kms ahead, and feel relieved, only to come upon a station where the weeds were a foot high, place boarded up and abandoned. This was not the case on my prior trip up the Alcan (2005).
I also saw very little pay at the pump, past Fort Nelson, the only pay at the pump I saw was in Whitehorse.
Myself, I prefer to travel to Alaska in the summer, rather than the spring. Of course, snow on a motorcycle would be more challenging than with a car.
As far as tires
, not much help along most of the Alcan. I needed replacement tires
for my motorcycle trailer (poor planning on my part). Ended up finding them at the Walmart in Fairbanks, AK (second largest Walmart in the world, huge tire department).