Greetings from the road! The Stew’s are currently on a road trip from Anchorage, Alaska to Charlotte, North Carolina with Jorgen and all of our stuff in a U-haul!
As you may remember, we made this trip in the opposite a few years ago, but this time around we’re going much slower (U-Haul’s tend to not be speed demons) and hitting up a new state!
Here’s the plan: 10 days, ~4,500 miles.
US States We’ll See: Alaska, Montana, North Dakota (new one for us!), Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina
Canadian Provinces We’ll See: Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta
Here’s how day 1 went:
We started off the morning with closing out of our home and returning our wireless router to GCI. Which didn’t open until 10am. Ugh. But, we were on the road by 10:36am AK time!
Until I had to use the bathroom.
Then we stopped at the Eagle River Fred Meyer (17.3 miles from our starting point) and wound up getting snacks as well. While we were there, we saw the U-Haul Support Team and I asked to borrow a tire gauge since we realized we didn’t check it before we left. The guy ended up providing phenomenal service and giving the entire truck an inspection, changing a tire he thought was iffy, and giving us a spare for the road in case Roadside Assistance was going to take too long. What a great chance encounter!
After that, we finally hit the road again! We drove on the AK-1 (The road we will be on for well over 1,000 miles) through Palmer, Glenallen, and Tok. We kept looking out the window and admiring how pretty Alaska is.
In Glenallen, we stopped and had lunch with sandwiches and fruit that we had bought. We realized we had to rush to eat the fruit because you can’t bring fruit into Canada. So we ate a LOT of watermelon and strawberries.
We also got to see our last Alaskan sunset for a while. So pretty. So majestic.
At the border, I made us stop so I could take an Ugly Cry face at the Alaska sign. There wasn’t a ‘Now Leaving Alaska’ sign because they realize how crazy it is to leave such an amazing place, too.
We also checked out the International Border. Essentially, there is a 10 ft. tree cut line straight down the 141st Meridian West dividing Alaska and Canada.
Border crossing was easy as usual, I didn’t say anything embarrassing this time and I also did not get a passport stamp. Which upset me terribly. Why have passport books if they’re never going to get stamped!
The first town once you cross into Canada is Beaver Creek, Yukon. We stopped at a RV park and got a campsite for $15.75 CAN, which included hot showers, free coffee, and $.03 off per litre of gas! (That’s almost $.12 a gallon!)
Overall, Day 1 of the drive was a success. It was definitely sad to leave such a beautiful place, and to leave a state I really thought we’d end up staying for a long long time. There are still so many things we didn’t get to do while we lived in Anchorage, which makes this move really hard for me. The fact that we met such great people who became adventure partners, confidants, and amazing friends only made it harder to go. Luckily, it means that we’ve got spare bedrooms to stay in when we inevitably find our way back for a long weekend.
For those that like visuals, here’s a map of how far we went today!