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Journey to Alaska - Aug-Sep 2021
« on: September 19, 2021, 05:57:07 PM »

Here are some highway-related pics from a recent trip to Alaska, roughly from south to north.  The pics of bridges were taken from a train.
Roads were well maintained for the most part. 

1. Southern "End" of AK State Highway 1 at Homer, or more specifically Homer Spit.  No "End" or "Begin" sign in sight.  In fact, much of AK Highway 1 had few signs.


2. AK Highway 3 near Denali Park. Between this point and the Fairbanks area, the highway was viewed in spots from a train.


3. AK Highway 3 bridge over the Nenana River, between Denali Park and Healy.


4. Another view of the AK Highway 3 bridge.  Note the pedestrian "catwalk" on the lower frame of the bridge.


5. AK Highway 3 bridge over the Tanana River at Nenana. 


6. AK Highway 3 in the Fairbanks area.


7. AK Highway 2 in the Fairbanks area.


8. Junction of AK Highway 2 and AK Highway 6 in Fox, north of Fairbanks.


9. AK Highway 2 just north of the AK Highway 6 junction.

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Re: Journey to Alaska - Aug-Sep 2021
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2021, 12:20:05 AM »

Nice seeing some of those bridges from a side view.

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Re: Journey to Alaska - Aug-Sep 2021
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2021, 10:02:51 AM »

9. AK Highway 2 just north of the AK Highway 6 junction.


For some reason I find it amusing that it's more than twice as far to Manley as it is to Livengood.  Seems like a metaphor.
Like it's only an hour to Livin' Good.  But if you wanna be "Manly" you gotta go way farther. :-P
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Re: Journey to Alaska - Aug-Sep 2021
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2021, 10:51:39 AM »

Nice pics. Saw a lot of things I recognized from my trip in June.  The Parks Highway is a really pretty drive most of the way for sure.

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Re: Journey to Alaska - Aug-Sep 2021
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2021, 02:21:55 PM »

For some reason I find it amusing that it's more than twice as far to Manley as it is to Livengood.  Seems like a metaphor.
Like it's only an hour to Livin' Good.  But if you wanna be "Manly" you gotta go way farther. :-P

The highway to Livengood is paved. The rest of the way to Manley is mostly unpaved, and often was rather gnarly (more so than the Dalton Hwy) when I last drove both in 2012.
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Re: Journey to Alaska - Aug-Sep 2021
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2021, 06:45:09 AM »

Nice pics. I have been visiting Alaska nearly every year for a while now, and love driving the giant loop from Anchorage to Fairbanks, then back to Anchorage (i.e. AK-3 to AK-4 to AK-1). Earlier this year, I finally took a tour of the Dalton Highway as far as the Arctic Circle. Next year I hope to finally drive all the way to Deadhorse. For a dirt road, it was actually very smooth and in good condition. The danger is simply the remoteness, not the road in of itself. But that seems to be the case with a lot of Alaska highways, paved or not.
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Re: Journey to Alaska - Aug-Sep 2021
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2021, 08:16:20 PM »

Next year I hope to finally drive all the way to Deadhorse.

We met a fellow traveler who was doing just that; he rented a Jeep that he could drive on unpaved highways up to Deadhorse and was going to tour the oil processing facility there.  He was then going to leave the Jeep and fly back.  I did not ask what a one-way rental like that would cost!
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Re: Journey to Alaska - Aug-Sep 2021
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2021, 03:07:34 AM »

Next year I hope to finally drive all the way to Deadhorse.

We met a fellow traveler who was doing just that; he rented a Jeep that he could drive on unpaved highways up to Deadhorse and was going to tour the oil processing facility there.  He was then going to leave the Jeep and fly back.  I did not ask what a one-way rental like that would cost!
Itís about $500 or so, last I checked. The rental companies arrange it all. I might do that next year if I donít take the tour bus.
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Re: Journey to Alaska - Aug-Sep 2021
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2022, 08:45:48 AM »

You want to drive remote, go up to Eagle or Circle City on the Yukon River. I don't think you can even drive to Fort Yukon, its a fly in only.

If you are really brave, you can drive your Corvette up the Dempster Highway in the NT. Someone did (successfully) a few years ago.

He had to install a special rack on his roof just to carry his spare tires.
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