Tuesday, July 17, 2007
07/17/2007 0 °F
We wake up and it is still raining! Ugghhh. We have a big breakfast and pack up in the rain. We don't get very far down the road when we hit road construction. We stop in the line of traffic and a few minutes later the flaggirl starts walking towards us. We've been through enough road construction in the north to know that this is not a good sign. We roll down the window and she tells us that it will be at least another 30 minutes before we can go through. Jere smiles and says "We were hoping that you would take the day off since it was raining." She says that she was hoping that also, but they're blasting rock today so the rain doesn't matter. So we wait. We're all reading a book when we jump from a boom and the truck shakes--the blasting is over so hopefully we can go soon. After about 30 minutes we follow the line of traffic behind the pilot car. We have also learned that when a pilot car is used to guide us through construction that the road may be very bad. Today it is very bad. They've had a lot of rain and the road is muddy and in bad shape. We put it in 4-wheel drive going up the hill and make it through the construction.
As we're driving out of the mess the tractor trailer that was driving behind us passes us, rolls down his window and yells to us that we have a blow out on one of our trailer tires. The road is so bad we never had a clue that our tire blew out.
We're on a narrow 2-lane road with no shoulders, so we drive til we find a section with a little bit of a shoulder. We're still on the road but thankfully there's not much traffic here. An hour later our tire is changed and we're on our way again.
One good thing -- the rain stopped soon after we pulled over to fix the tire.
We drive up the road and stop at a rest stop with one last view of Kluane Lake. It's still very overcast, so the lake still isn't the shimmering blue-green lake that we were hoping to see.
We were planning an early stop today and are glad that we did. We only drive 60 miles to Haines Junction and stop at the Kluane RV Park. We have a late lunch and then drive over to the Kluane National Park Visitor Center. It's a nice visitors center with a movie, but the most interesting thing there is an antique car in the parking lot from Texas:
As we're driving back to the campground, we see about a dozen antique cars parked at one of the motels in town. I didn't realize that there are antique car caravans to Alaska.
We spend the rest of the day doing chores except for a short hike behind the campground after dinner.