Leaving Chicken, AK and stopping at Delta Junction then onto Tok, Alaska
|Traffic on the Taylor Highway|
|Peaceful drive through the countryside|
|Tok RV Village|
We arrive in the small town of Tok, AK to spend the night at the Tok RV Village. The spaces are large and they have several amenities available. We arrived early afternoon so there were not many in there but more RV’ers arrived as the day went on. We enjoyed warm summer weather and some local entertainment that evening.
|Tok Visitor's Center and gift store|
Tok meaning “peaceful crossing” considers itself the goodwill ambassador of Alaska. When highway travelling to and from Canada, you pass through Tok which is called the “Gateway to Alaska”. We visited the Visitor’s Center and a local gift store full of Alaska souvenirs. We see a display of animals of Alaska at most stops we make. We’d prefer to see live animals but those viewings are rather limited in this big country.
|Crossing the bridge over the Gerstle River|
|Very BIG mosquito in Delta Jumction, Alaska|
We are now at Delta Junction, AK and see these huge mosquito sculptures at the tourist centre. We had been warned by everyone who has travelled Alaska in the past that we were to expect to see lots of bugs, mosquitoes being one of them. We only saw a troublesome swarm once on our travels and we were able to avoid them by moving on.
|End of the Alaska Highway|
We have now reached the end of the Alcan Highway that began in Dawson Creek, BC at Mile 0 and was built to connect Alaska to BC by road. This project employed 15,000 men and 11,000 pieces of equipment. The price at completion in 1942 was 115 million dollars but in today’s money would be almost 1.7 billion dollars. The highway has been altered over the years with improvements etc. so the mileage can vary from this original number.
We are onto Fairbanks from here to spend a couple of days to enjoy what the area has to offer. The adventure continues, click here.