Alaska Or Rust Trip Summary

Alaska Or Rust Trip Summary

UPDATE: Bruce Troxell, a writer for Tirebuyer.com, wrote a summary of the Alaska Or Rust adventure. You can read about it here:http://blog.tirebuyer.com/alaska-rust-vintage-jeep-caravan-le-grand-finale/

ORIGINAL POST: On August 5th, 2017, the Alaska Or Rust crew departed Fairbanks, scattering in various directions. We’d completed our goal: Reach Alaska in Vintage Jeeps.

If you are new to the site and are wondering how the trip unfolded, you can view trip posts in order, starting with the first departing group on July 21st: http://www.deilers.com/AlaskaOrRust/category/alaska-or-rust-trip/?orderby=date&order=ASC&more=1

As of August 21st, everyone had made it back home, the last two being Merlin and Brittany and their 1942 WWII Slat Grill MB. There were plenty of adventures on the way home which are worthy of a future post. We’ll put something together when we have the time.

Thanks to everyone along the way who supported us, from sponsors who helped make it happen to the folks we met in Canada and Alaska who made the journey richer and more enjoyable than we could have imagined! There’s nothing like traveling to see just how wonderful people can be!

Friday August 4th: You Want to do What?

Friday August 4th: You Want to do What?

At the Arctic Circle: Pictured left to right bottom row: Joe’s CJ-3B, Joe, Emily, Bill, Cowboy, Russ, Don, and Jim’s CJ-2A. Picture left to right top: Jim, Marty, and Don.

This is the full and final update related to Alaska Or Rust trip. Our collective objective was to drive as a group from Dawson Creek, BC, to Fairbanks, Alaska.

In the late afternoon of Thursday August 3rd, the group finally arrived in Fairbanks, tired. When we went to check in, there was some confusion, but we got everything corrected. Afterwards, we all went out to have some great barbecue at Big Daddy’s BBQ in downtown Fairbanks. We’d been on the road since early morning, so pretty much everyone was tired.

While awaiting the delivery of our meals, Joe got the idea that we all should drive to the Arctic Circle starting at 3am or so on the morning of August 4th. He calculated the trip would take six hours and that they’d be back before our 11:00am meet-up at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. Essentially, they’d be driving on only a couple hours sleep on a muddy, gravel road.

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The drive to the Arctic Circle sign. It’s a mostly gravel and mud road with few pullouts and a lot of big rig trucks. It’s a 194 miles north of Fairbanks.

After some discussion, others decided they wanted to go, too. This led to more discussion on when they should leave. Eventually, the group decided to leave around 2am. David told them to have a good time, but also that they should be back by 11am, because they’d all agreed to attend a museum event.

“Oh yeah, we’ll be back in time,” They promised. At one point Cowboy asked David if he’d be mad at them if they didn’t show up in time. He told him that of course he’d be mad. He’d floated the idea of the meet-n-greet by them before having Rick make the arrangements and everyone agreed it would be fun. But, he also told Cowboy that he’d get over it. He appreciated their sense of spirit; he just wanted them to abide by what they agreed and that was to attend the meet that they’d worked to arrange.

To make a long story short, 11am rolled around and they weren’t back. Those left in Fairbanks rolled over the to the museum. When we arrived we learned there were already folks there who wanted to meet us. Noon rolled around and they weren’t back. 1pm came and went and they weren’t there. Finally, about 1:20pm, they appeared at the parking lot. Here are some pics of their journey:

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On the way north.
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Sixty miles to go.
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The Arctic Circle drive is dirty business. Bill’s face it peaking out over his rolled down window.
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Marty at the Yukon River crossing.

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Thursday August 3rd: Reaching Alaska

Thursday August 3rd: Reaching Alaska

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The mosquitoes are REALLY big up here.

On Thursday August 3rd we crosse into Canada, bound for Fairbanks.

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Some of the team decided to go camp, while others stayed at the Beavercreek Motel and RV Park. It’s rustic. It was the FCA videographer’s last day with us, so he got some last minute coverage, including a long sequence that had us driving away into the distance while a drone followed us.

I was also interviewed to give my thoughts on the trip and Hugo.

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Following the filming, we left for the border and to hunt down the campers. The early morning sunrise was very pretty, making for a good photo. The roads were the roughest we’d seen. Melting permafrost portions of the road pretty rough. Various sections were under construction.

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A welcome sign gave us our first glimpse of the US. First the campers went past the sign, then the remainder did.

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