Beginning our trek to AK

Kannapolis NC to Copper Hill VA

We’re on our way to Alaska, today is day four. We left Kannapolis NC Wednesday for Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park. It was an easy drive, perfect for the first driving day. We had a really nice site adjacent to Jerry and Ann, same spots we first stayed with them July 2005. It was nice to see them and share a couple of meals, a couple of beers, a couple of stories. And Jim and Jerry spent a couple hours working on the trailers together.

Copper Hill VA to Dayton OH

Early Friday morning we left Highland Haven to drive through Virginia’s beautiful countryside through Christiansburg then winding about to find I-77 north. The drive from Highland Haven to Christiansburg was a little hairy but uneventful. Thankfully we weren’t handicapped by the weather for that portion. Rain fell torrentially for later parts of our long day’s drive toward Dayton OH, but mostly we drove under cloudy skies.

Today we traveled with Charlie and Janet to Lebanon OH to visit with ham and airstream friends Jack AA8Q and Marge WD8DSN in their lovely community. Our visit and tour was great and Jack gave Jim some needed pointers about amateur radio digital modes, much appreciated.

This evening Charlie, Janet, and we went for tapas and drinks with Herman K8KOT and Gloria KD8KOT, lovely restauranteurs, at their El Mesón in Dayton. Empañadas, bread with pico de gallo, mojitos, and rice and beans gave us the needed strength to sleep through yet another night without arising for a midnight snack. The food and company were wonderful, we always enjoy seeing the Castros at their restaurant or at Hamcation in Orlando.

And now it’s time to head up the road. Debbie spent a little time today planning tomorrow’s trip. Full-timing, we don’t get too wrapped up about our route or making reservations for each night. Reservations limit us except for holiday weekends when they enable us to find a precious spot. We’ll get a good night’s sleep and look forward to sunny skies and clear roads.

We allowed enough time to drive short days and stay two nights anywhere we want enroute to Dawson Creek, B.C.. No more 400 mile days for us — we want to drive 200 miles, leave the road by 2pm, and stay at least two nights. We think we can do this, we have such good practice from other summer travels.

See you down the road,

Jim and Debbie,
the dreamstreamrs
chasing 75 degrees

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13 responses to “Beginning our trek to AK

  1. Have a great trip! You’ll love it!

  2. Rob was selected as Artist in Residence at Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We will be spending 6 weeks in the park from mid September thru October. We plan to start be full time on the road when were we finish our time there. Have a great trip to Alaska! Regards, Jan (Sprinter tour).

    • Jan and Rob,
      Congratulations on Rob’s Artist in Residence at GSMNP. What a great place! Where will you stay? We are long-time customers of the Smokies, going back to the early 70’s at least when I hiked up to Peck’s Corner shelter from Smokemont. Gosh, wish we could come see you, we’ll be on the wrong coast again.

  3. Are you guys dry docking on the way to AK? When we went, we planned our trip to leap-frog RV park to RV park, logging 350 – 400 mile days to get to an RV park. Very interested in how you are pulling this off as one of our goals is to return to AK in a fifth wheel. Thanks!

    Rob Wilson, retired Sprinter Tour, active Backtotheparks!

    • Hi Rob,
      We want to avoid driving too much, and we are more interested in out of the way parks than destination ones. Don’t care about getting wifi, elec, water, sewer, cable or phone. We like quiet and pretty.

      I love it when I read someone saying, “we don’t drink the water from our tank”. Hello, we carry 40 gallons of drinking water and only a gallon of beer and whiskey. We drink our water.

      Sure, we’re looking forward to dry camping when the opportunity presents. We have two-way hook-ups in Wayne County fairgrounds for next couple of days while we tour Ford Museum in Dearborn. But if they told us no connections available, then no problem and we’ll stay anyhow.

      More later,

  4. Richard Hunt

    Gosh, I wish we could follow you up the road. This sounds like a great trip. Be safe. (Just in case you were planning on catching air with the rig.)

    • Rich,
      We’re trying really hard to keep the rubber side down. Our hitch was so tight I couldn’t get the arms released a couple of days ago. After arriving in windy Belleville Michigan today I loosened the WD hitch one notch, we’ll try it a few days. Thanks for the well wishes!

  5. Reader # 9 is envious of your trip to Alaska, I hope to fly my Supercub there soon.

    • Hi Cal, I mean #9. We can meet you at one of the landing strips up there. It’d be cool to meet your Supercub. We heard AK is the largest concentration of private aircraft anywhere, Supercub could make a lot of friends, too.

  6. Love to read about your trip. We’re getting ready to roll toward Sedalia and the 55th International. Hope to catch you on the air from WB8RC starting June 23 or so.
    Richard AJ4UX

    • We’ll see what we can work out for a sched with WB8RC. You’ll hopefully be able to have one of your dipoles facing north. This will allow not only working the 20m nets with Anoka MN (KB0KAM) if you’re not too close, but also finding us somewhere between Winnipeg and Edmonton. Have a great trip!

  7. You’re going to Alaska?!?! Major jealous! Major! Look forward to reading about the journey. Safe travels! Let us know when you are back in Virginia.

    • Lani (& C & E),
      You can still catch up — you’re not far from our current location and we’d wait for you. Come on!

      We’re really enjoying the journey, we’ve been creeping up Michigan’s sunshine coast, arrived St Ignace on the UP today. Stay tuned. . .

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