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Day 2 - to Haines Junction, YT

We actually left the truck attached to the RV when we set up last night to help us get away a bit quicker. We had a pleasant evening with no TV or phone connection (which is probably good as the roaming charges would be sooooo steep!) and a slow WiFi connection. Funny how our priorities have changed....the first amenity we look for is an Internet connection. With the Internet we have a connection to family, friends, news, e-mail......the world. We are self contained with the RV so if we do not have access to water or electricity it is not necessarily a hardship. Traveling at the times we have...early spring and early fall.....many RV parks are closed or have limited facilities i.e. no water, no electricity, no sewer and then again many mega stores are very generous allowing campers to dry dock in they're parking lots...they know people will shop as a thank you for the hospitality.

We got up to 30 degree temperatures. The sun was out and the day promised to be great. We were off and running by 9:30 with an outside chance of reaching Haines Junction, 410 miles away.

The roads are quite a challenge at times. With ruts, patches of dirt road, and permafrost damage it is quite a challenge on the RV. As one might guess, everything in the RV must be in a secure place in a draw or cabinet. No matter how clever you think you are securing your belongings, the road has a way of shaking items loose. When we stopped for lunch we had a huge mess in the living room area as it seemed everything was jostled out of the cabinets.

So, once again Maureen had to climb on the counter and slide down to the living room to clean up the disaster as you cannot open the slides which would make the project easier. Items can easily get behind one of the slides (on a 5th wheel you can have as many as 4 slides (and we do) to extend to provide more living area). If something rolls behind the frame of the slide and you are trying to extend it, it has the posibility of creating serious damage.....how do we know? We read about it....yes, that is it....we read about it!

In traveling this part of the route both on our way to Alaska and back to Colorado, we have lost an end table, couch moving a foot out from the wall, damaged the "moulding", dinged cabinet doors, had the freezer contents greet us on the floor as we opened the RV door and empited the cabinets (both upper and lower) ever so many times. We have tried many "tricks" to contain the contents but it is a challenge to avoid the results of the RV twisting and jostling that occurs with the bumpy road. It is getting less and less but don't think it will ever be 100% consistently.

The view of Wrangell-St. Elias to our east along the Tok Cutoff was stellar. We stopped a few times for irresistible photo-ops. We also ran into a few showers along the way and also got our first look at Alaska's "Termination Dust". This is the frost and first snows that hit the mountains and disappear by the end of the day. This sight generally means the end (termination) of summer and, for the less hardy, it's time to head south before the big snow storms arrive.

The greatest news is that Sirius Radio reappeared just in time for the NFL broadcasts. This allowed "us" the opportunity to listen to both the Broncos and the Bears.

In Tok, we refueled and made a sharp turn southeast. This route, along the Alaska Highway, took us across the Canadian border (with a change from Alaska time to Pacific time) and then along the eastern edge of the Kluane National Park with its snow covered peaks. As we approached the border the road deteriorated and continued to be horribly unpleasant for around 100 miles.

We sort of settled on stopping at Burwash Landing but we decided to push on to Haines Junction when we had navigated the worst of the highway and it was only 3 PM. This put us in to Kluane RV park at 7:45. We had tried to stay here on our trip to Alaska but the sites were too muddy.

Maureen started supper and George did not notice that she had the electric frying pan in use and plugged in the heater for the living room and promptly blew a 30 amp fuse! Yes, another lesson learned (several times).....when you have a 30 amp connection you must be aware of the number of appliances in use. Fortunately, there was no one in the plot next to us so we moved the fully opened RV up 3 feet to allow the electric cord reach the recepticle.

We traveled 410 miles today and entered the Pacific time zone. The Alaska time zone is 4 hours behind the east coast which can make for a challenge when planning phone calls.
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