Corvette Road Trip
Traveling America's Roads in America's Sports Car

Maryland to Alaska and Back in a 1994 ZR-1
Part 5
We arrived in Fort Nelson in time to visit the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum which houses a fascinating collection of vehicles and mechanical artifacts.

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Monday was another day of beautiful weather on the Alaska Highway. We left Fort Nelson and the Highway began the climb to cross the northern portion of the Canadian Rockies:
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The road conditions for this leg of the trip were excellent. There were two places where we had a short wait at a construction area for single lane traffic. The maintenance crews have done a good job of repairing the frost heaves and pot holes from last winter. We averaged 110-115 km/hr (65-70 mph/hr)

Gasoline is available on this portion of the Alaska Highway, but preplanning is needed because in some places it is almost 100 miles between gas stations. We bought gas at the Toad River RV Park. They only had regular gas and it was about $6.50 a gallon. The gas pump had a sign that said "No Sniveling". The staff commented that it was a good thing that the tanker truck had arrived the day before, or they wouldn't have had any gas.

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As we continued climbing the Highway ran along the edge of Lake Muncho:

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We spotted a Stone Goat. They live in the rocky areas of the northern Rockies. They come to the roadway to lick the asphalt to get the salt from last winter. After watching the people for a while, it went down the slope to a stream:
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Later on in the day, we found a herd of Woods Buffalo. There were about 30 members of the herd and they were on both sides of the road and ON the road. They are not at all bothered by the cars. They come out of the woods to eat the vegetation on the roadside:

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After 320 miles, we reached the Yukon Territory:
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When we got to Watson Lake, we visited the famous Sign Post Forest where a tradition of posting direction signs and markers has been going on since it started in 1942 when a homesick Army engineer put up a sign to his hometown. Today there are over 71,000 signs on display:

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Lyndi added a sign to our hometown, Westminster, Maryland 3,257 miles:
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We left Watson Lake on Tuesday morning and headed to Tagish, Yukon. Most of the day's drive was on the Alaska Highway. The conditions were excellent and the weather was fine.

Shortly after we got underway, we spotted a black bear grazing on the plants on the shoulder of the Highway. He was a black bear but he had a funny light colored stripe of fur down his back. It looked like adolescent fur that he had not rubbed off yet. He stayed near the road for quite a while and Lyndi got a lot of pictures of him:
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