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April 18th, 2011:

Alaska’s Got Me Anxious

This Alaska trip has me worried. I know I can accomplish it with the limited time given, but the question is will I be able to fit everything in that I’d like to do?

Looking back at some of my New York to Los Angeles trips, I’ve managed to conquer 5,000 miles (XCRT-5) in 7 days. Theoretically I should be able to get to Fairbanks in 7 days then. But with narrow and hilly roads, construction, and one-lane highways, it’s not looking promising.

I’ve concluded that it’s not worth stressing over, because I very well may travel more per day than normal. Up north there will be 23 hours of daylight this time of year, which will help significantly. I will just have to do what I’ve always done and make decisions as I go along the trip.

Here’s a list of the things I’ve considered cutting out:

- Driving out to Tombstone Territorial Park and the mining town of Dawson.
- Driving to Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean.
- Driving the Cassiar Highway.
- Cutting time from Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore.

We’ll have to see. With Copilot now coming with me I’ll have an extra hand to help make decisions along the way.

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