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  1. Default Fastest Route from Austin, Texas to Fairbanks Alaska

    I need to leave Sunday Morning from Austin, Texas and be in Fairbanks Thursday Night for a band performance, and am pulling
    a small trailer. We have 3 drivers and need to be in Fairbanks by 6 pm Thursday Night. Advise please....:)

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    Fairbanks, what?

    Never mind - I see it's Alaska.

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    Default you're not going to like it

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    The only route you should consider for a trip on this timeline: drive towards Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and get on a plane.

    This trip is 4,000 miles, half of it on the Alaska Highway, which is a 2 lane, slow going road that sees quite a bit of traffic, lots of wildlife, and frequent construction delays. Its a road where because of wildlife and its remote nature, driving at night is strongly discouraged.

    Simply put, there is no way you can safely make this trip if you only have 4-5 days. Even doing a full out speed run, you need 7-8 days.

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    FLY!!!!!!

    It's the ONLY way you're going to make that distance. It's 4200 miles, and there's no way that you can drive 850 miles in one day on a 2-lane road in the daylight that you'll be given.



    Donna

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    To make it in the timeframe you define, you would have to average over 40 miles per hour for 96 straight hours with no stops for anything - gas, food, customs, bathrooms, sleep. The first 900+ miles and the llast 2,200 miles are going to be non-interstate type roads which may or may not be paved. You better rethink your plans.

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    I understand what you are saying and it is probably most wise, however, due to musicians prior bookings we cannot leave until Sunday. With that in mind, what is the fastest route, wisdom and common sense aside?

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    Some might consider such a trip a tad reckless and if prior bookings are preventing you from leaving until Sunday, then driving is not an option. A concert is not a good reason to kill yourself or someone else.
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 07-06-2012 at 10:18 AM. Reason: let's keep this friendly

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    Default And again....

    Having just got back from AK, I will confirm what all others have said.....

    FLY!!!!

    Even the Alaska Highway is narrow, hilly, winding and in places affected by frost heave. Often there is little shoulder by the sides of lakes and rivers and roadside barriers are only now and then. Holdups for roadwords are frequent, and 45 minutes is not all that uncommon. Wildlife on the road is a constant feature, and attraction for those travelling up north.... but a real traffic hazzard to those who try to speed through. As are all the vehicles stopped to take snaps of wildlife. Speed limits are 45 - 55 mph and enforced!

    Seven days minimum, and that would be pushing it!

    Rather than wisdom or common sense... it is the experience of someone who has driven to AK and back.... three times.

    Lifey

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    Is the booking so important you are willing to risk your lives and the lives of others? Not only that, your fee better be pretty steep, you will be spending a small fortune on fuel for this trip. Also, you WILL all need current passports to enter Canada and re-enter the US. Have you investigated the costs to fly and have your equipment airshipped?
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 07-06-2012 at 07:27 AM. Reason: Good Neighbor Rules

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    Default The Alaska HIGHWAY.

    This is a sample of the highways on which you will be travelling.... most of the time. Not exactly suited to a 'speed' run. There is no alternative.





    Lifey

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