Patterson Reaches Pasco

Patterson Reaches Pasco

David Eilers successfully pulled Patterson from Seattle to Pasco, Washington. Normally, the drive takes just over three hours. However, he took the scenic, slow route, with some stops along the way to adjust his front wheel bearings. Apparently, he tightened them too tight (He says he thought he had left some play).

About 10 minutes into his journey he pulled over and felt both front hubs. They didn’t feel hot. Then, he got stuck in stop-and-go traffic for about an hour heading eastbound on I90 (for those that know the area … from Tiger Mountain on Highway 18 all the way to the first big curve on I90 east of North Bend).

Traffic was awful!

He climbed the pass, pulled off at Snoqualmie, and felt the hubs. They were hot to the touch. He loosened the bolts, let them cool, and had some delicious BBQ at Webbs. Everything he and his wife had tried — pulled pork, brisket, sausage, potatoes, coleslaw and corner bread — have been excellent and surprisingly affordable!

There are worse places to hangout and eat.
Everything was delicious!

They were still feeling hot by the time he reached Indian John Hill east of Cle Elum. So, he readjusted them again. About that time, a father and his sons walked up and asked about the jeep, so he had them sign the right fender.

After Ellensburg, he took the Ellensburg-Selah Canyon Road and stopped to feel the hubs again. Loosening the bolt wasn’t working, so he retrieved his tools and worked on the driver’s hub.

Nice evening and view for working on the hubs. The passenger side hub was particularly difficult.

It wasn’t easy, but he finally got it to give. The second hub (passenger side) was more difficult and, after breaking and older torque wrench (it was already in bad shape) he decided to leave the nut a little loose AND try some rougher back roads. It took several hours at 30-40 mph, but finally the bearing was pushed out a little. After that, he was able to up my speed to 60 mph without any heat buildup.

He made it back to Pasco about midnight feeling victorious! Now, he can take a couple days to refine a few things before he, Ann, Fernando, and Hugo leave for Alaska on the 24th!


Scott, Bob, and Rick left Cincinnati today bound for Madison, WI. They made it to Crawfordsville, IN, where they stopped in at Midwest Willys for some repairs.

It seems we are all working out some Gremlins. Jim Fowler is dealing with some brake issues on his jeep. Bill Reiss needs to get his carb running correctly. And, David Eilers struggled with some tight hub bearings.

Merlin finally solved his transmission problem. He’s ready to go!

Alaska Or Rust Has Begun!

Alaska Or Rust Has Begun!

After centuries of planning, or maybe it just feels that way, the first intrepid jeepers are on their way. Scott Gilbert, Rick Pacholski, and Bob Christy are leaving Cincinnati, Ohio, in Scott’s wagon, bound for Paris, Illinois (if I’m not mistaken).

Meanwhile, Bill Reiss is about ready to leave in his CJ-5:

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Merlin will be leaving soon as well, now that his tow rig has a new tranny (these things have to come at the worst time!):

Hugo and Fernando Vidal are flying out late tonight and will be arriving in Portland early Saturday morning. They’ll be driving up to Seattle to pick up their Wrangler (thanks to Jeep’s parent company FCA) and then driving to meet us in Pasco. We plan to leave on the 24th. However, the western fires in British Columbia have led to change our route north slightly.

Alaska Or Rust Schedule

This is the Alaska Or Rust schedule as of July 20th:

Thu July 20: Joe Beadenkopf and Merlin are tentatively scheduled to head out from the Maryland/Virginia area

Fri July 21: Scott Gilbert leaves Cincinnati, OH, and arrives in Paris, IL

Sat July 22: 1:00am Fernando and Hugo Vidal fly into Portland, OR
– Scott Gilbert arrives in Madison, WI

Sun July 23: Bill Riess Leaves Pennsylvania for Tobermory
– Scott Gilbert arrives in Barnesville, MN

Mon July 24: David and Ann Eilers and Fernando and Hugo leave Pasco, WA for Castlegar, Canada
– Scott arrives in Winnipeg
– Bill crosses river on early ferry then heads west

Tue July 25: Scott and Bill meet up in Winnipeg and meet up with Jim Fowler (and Merlin and Joe?)
– David and Co head for Calgary (via the starship enterprise in Vulcan)
– Russ Lawton heads out of Paris, IL.

Wed July 26: Scott, Bill and Co overnight in Saskatoon.
– David and Co go through Banff and Jasper NPs then stop in Hinton.

Thu July 27: Scott, Bill, and Co arrive in Edmonton
– Marty Tilford and Rob Stafford leave for Dawson Creek and meet up with Wade Smith
– David and Co go to Dawson Creek (basically allows a cushion day)

Fri July 28: Everyone (except Russ) arrives in Dawson Creek. Andreas Gruson joins us.

Sat July 29: Day of rest (and or fix jeeps) and have a nice dinner together and launch party
– Russ Lawton arrives in Dawson Creek.

Sun July 30: Leave at TBD time. Visit Rainier Grimm. Rob drops of truck/trailer
– Arrive in Fort Nelson for meet and greet with Todd Penney at Dalex Auto

Mon July 31: Leave For Nelson for Watson Lake

Tue Aug 1: Leave at TBD time. Meet David And Zack Hydock just south of Whitehorse (will confirm) they will meet us in their GPW.
– Arrive in White horse.

Wed Aug 2: Leave Whitehorse to meet with Sue Thomas about an hour north of town
Arrive in Beaver Creek

Thu Aug 3: Leave Beaver Creek (long day so probably early departure)
Cross Border
– Meet with Richard Austin (and possible others) @ Delta Junction
– Arrive without any breakdowns or trouble in Fairbanks (that’s the plan anyway)

Fri Aug 4: Banquet/nice dinner of some kind, possible meetups still being finalized

Sat Aug 5 Another Meetup? everyone heads their separate way
– David and Ann head to Anchorage
– Marty and Rob head for Dawson City