Alaska 

Days 16 - August 26, 2009

Miles Traveled: 216.8 miles

Max Speed: 54.7 miles per hour

Notable Stops: Left Tok, arrived at Burwash Landing Resort on Lake Kluane

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Notable weather: Mostly sunny and beautiful

 

It did not rain on us last night. The sky was blue with a few clouds when we woke up and packed up camp. It was nice.

 

Several people stopped by camp before we left to ask questions about the car and took pictures. One guy told us he knew someone in town with an original Model T that had the original engine in it, not the V8 we have in ours. Matt told him we too have an original Model T engine. The guy was in total disbelief that the car could sound so healthy and still have that little four-cylinder engine in it. Matt explained the period speed equipment on the engine and the guy understood why the car sounded so healthy.

 

Lunch in an Interesting Environment

 

We ate lunch (Cup-O-Noodles) between puddles of standing water in the muddy gas station parking lot while fending off gnats on and Indian reservation about 50 miles out of Tok and 50 miles before the Canadian boarder.

 

We also filled up the Speedster at this gas station. When we went inside to pay I surprised to find that a bag of Doritos costs $7.50 at that gas station. I have been craving Doritos but the $7.50 price tag helped suppress my craving. 

 

The Speedster is More Interesting than the Wildlife

 

We stopped at the Tetlin wildlife refuge for a rest stop. That was about 27 miles before crossing the Canadian boarder.

 

We crossed the boarder into Canada about 100 miles after Tok.

 

Some time after crossing into Canada we spotted a cow moose and her calf drinking from a lake. We stopped on the shoulder of the road to take pictures. They were too far away for me to take pictures with my camera. So Matt took video and some stills with the video camera.

 

Our car must have been more interesting than the moose in the lake because before we knew it the entire shoulder was full of other travelers (including a tour bus) looking at our car, taking pictures of our car and asking questions about our car. One lady passing in the opposite direction stopped and asked Matt why everyone was stopped along side the road. The more accurate answer would have been, “To look at our car,” but not wanting to sound conceited Matt replied, “There are two moose drinking from the lake.”

 

Running Out of Gas

 

We ran out of gas in the car between the Tetlin wildlife refuge and Burwash. Matt filled the car with the 5 spare gallons of gas in the can on the tongue of the trailer. Then we proceeded to the nearest gas station, which happened to be in Burwash.

 

After filling up in Burwash we intended to continue to Destruction Bay. However, I wanted to eat out. So we decided to eat at the restaurant in Burwash. While eating dinner we decided just to camp here for the night. Dry camping was free anyway and we were both so tired we didn’t care that we were only dry camping.

 

We had blue skies all the way to Burwash this evening. It was nice.

 

Law Mower on a Roof in Tok, Alaska Speedster at the Tetlin Wildlife Refuge
Matt and Jess at the Tetlin Wildlife Refuge Matt Stabilizing the Video Camera on the Hood of the Speedster to Take Pictures of the Moose
Cow Moose Calf Moose
Matt Filling the Speedster with Gas from the Spare Can Just Outside of Burwash Landing, Yukon Matt Filling the Speedster with Gas from the Spare Can Just Outside of Burwash Landing, Yukon
Speedster Just Outside of Burwash Landing, Yukon Speedster Just Outside of Burwash Landing, Yukon
Speedster Just Outside of Burwash Landing, Yukon Burwash Landing Resort with Speedster and Teardrop Dry Camping
Burwash Landing Resort, Burwash, Yukon Burwash Landing Resort, Burwash, Yukon
Burwash Landing Resort, Burwash, Yukon Burwash Landing Resort, Burwash, Yukon
Alaska 2009

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