The Holiday (4th of July) is over and now it is one month until we depart!!! Time to get things done such as preparing the Mouse Mobile (named for its winter-time inhabitants!) for our 5,000 mile trip. New tires (we are each buying one), new windshield, and many things to insure a trouble-free trip to Alaska. After reading Ron Dalby’s book, A Guide to the Alaska Highway, we decided on a few things to have done. Since we already have a 38 gallon tank, no need to carry extra gas cans. It was suggested that we shield the gas tank to guard against rocks putting a hole in it. Screens over the headlights plus extra bulbs for them, new belts for everything, but keeping the old ones as they were still working when removed, extra gas filters, and just about anything that could go bad and be hard to obtain as we are traveling are just some of things we decided to have done. A bag of tools, some of which we don’t know how to use, but those traveling who might stop to help, may know how to use them.
We now have a mascot or guard dog who wants to be a sled dog, Egegik (pronounced EE-guh-gick, a town on the west side of the Alaska Peninsula, 326 air miles from Anchorage) who will be in most pictures of us plus we have named our GPS. It has a male voice so there was only one name we could give him, Jean Claude!!! After all we are the Van Dames!!
The other 3 women are arriving in Michigan 3 days early so that we can get supplies, pack the van and most important of all, have a 2 hour lesson with our mechanic as to how to do small repairs on the road should they be need. Changing a tire, replacing air filter or gas filter, and a few other points which he feels are important are just some of the things we plan to learn in our 2 hour session. Thank you, Mark. I know you have never had a request like this before, but we do appreciate your help.
We have enjoyed reading the adventures of the other NorthtoAlaska.com travelers and have learned from events they have experienced on their way North to Alaska. We will join you there in August.