(Now with 2012 Update on the last page)
I joined the Army and got stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. I gave up my plane ticket for a travel stipend and decided to drive there.
I looked around for information before I set off, and kept running into conflicting reports about the Canada/Alaska Highway bit. Many people were saying it was nearly impassible, rubbish. Most of that driving was exceptional, save for the unplowed, narrow parts of the Yukon, with steep cliffs to the left and frozen lakes to the right with no guardrail and 17 inch summer tires, hundreds of miles from anything it might be summer until I'd be found. So the trip was from Florida, but not directly to Alaska, I went to some parts of the country I'd wanted to see...and to anyone planning this trip, do it, it was amazing.
8500 miles covered, 8 vanilla milkshakes, 2 oil changes, 2 hitchhikers, 3 hotel rooms, 10 days traveled, avg speed of 59.5, max speed 125 mph, 6 car washes, 3 audiobooks, 0 tickets or police stops, 15 states, best MPG was 29, worst 22, avg of 26 mpg.
In Canada where I'd run out of black and white film
There were lots of gas stations, but getting north, about 3/4th were abandoned.
Old Route 66 stray dogs
Can't stop here, this is bat country
Mulholland raceway, the best part of the trip.
National Triumph car club meeting/autocross, held on a Thursday? I guess you can't have a job and own a British car.
Florida on the left, Alaska on the right
Not in much order I'm afraid.
If anyone has been to this Cafe, it's quite a hike/tumble down the cliff to get to the ocean
You can't drive to the Golden Gate and only take one photo
You might think you want to drive across America off the interstates and main highways, but some of the main highway is incredible.
Old Route 66
First thing I did arriving at the west coast
When traveling cross country, do remember your dental hygiene.
Quite a shakedown for a car I had just bought a week before.
I also had no spare tire, cell phone or passenger.
Modified by Chris.K at 11:47 PM 11-3-2009