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Old 03-13-2008, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default Has anyone driven to Alaska?

I just put in a bid on a contract in Fairbanks that runs from May 19 to August 15, 2008.

Looking at the driving directions (From Denver follow the front range of the Rockies North to the Yukon territory. Turn left, proceed 1,000 miles WNW...) I think I should fly in and leave my nice car at home.

I can get a bus from Fairbanks down to Denali on weekends right?

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Old 03-13-2008, 03:24 AM   #2
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It's worth the drive! Long but scenic and something most folks don't get to do. I recommend getting a Milepost magazine and plan on a couple of stops.

http://www.themilepost.com/

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I've only been to Alaska once, but trust me- you would NOT want to be there without a car. Everybody drives everywhere- I'm not sure I ever saw a city bus in Anchorage at all. It's very spread out, and not walkable.

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There are tours/trains that go to Denali or you could rent a car up in Fairbanks if you still want to do some driving.

Definately grab a milepost if you plan on driving the whole route or even doing any in-state driving. I've never done it myself, but my parents and uncle live up there and have made the trip by road from MI a few times. Not something I'd recommend unless you have a driving buddy and time to do it.

Here are some quick links to tour operators going from Fairbanks to Denali
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=DKUS,DKUS:2006-45,DKUS:en&q=Tours+from+Fairbanks+to+Denali

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I drove there once. A buddy of mine and myself trekked from Omaha to Anchorage in 4 1/2 days, in a Dodge Ram pickup. Not being able to stretch or recline that whole trip was a nightmare. It sucked.

Oh the stories on that trip though!

Each day of driving (18-20 hours), we were so tired we both drank 2 beers and passed out HARD, in the cab of the pick-up.

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Yeah I just traveled 1200 mile one way in canada from B.C. To The N.W.T. and it was nice to look at but it sucked to drive and that was just on the way up!


I would say fly and rent when you need to !!!!


Unless you like an adventure then I would say rent an old car!!!!!!


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Plan A is to fly in and meet a girl with a Jeep to drive me around.

Knowing in the Caribbean women and water are in short supply...

Plan B is to buy "a 4x4 truck" in Helena, MT or similar, drive it up there, use it three months, and then sell it and fly home to my GTO.

My cousin in the Air Force should be home in a day or two to answer his email from me...

Thanks for your input so far.

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Either way have a great safe trip!

Mabey some pics?

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Either way have a great safe trip!

Mabey some pics?
Yah I was thinking about how much RAM I should take. At this point I got the experience. My bid is either competitive or not.

If I am in the ball park I will probably get an interview and a hint. My bid is based on not taking the hint. My bid is based on them thinking/ realizing they are getting a lot of contractor for the bid price.

The more I read the the more I think I maybe came in low, but it would be cool to take the train down to Denali....
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1. Buy a GPS

2. Mapquest it and compute how much gas you'll use.

3. Check gas prices in Canada.

4. Enjoy the ride!

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