I had posted for advice on the Spring trip forum a couple of months back and after getting feedback here and elsewhere, decided April was not such a good month to do a solo road trip driving from St. Louis, MO to Alaska for a 74+ year old, tall guy (6’4”) with creaky knees and a troublesome back driving a rather small sports car, a Porsche Cayman. Heard about potholes and frost heaves and still very cold weather with snow. Decided to shelve it.
Now, 2 months later, I am somewhat ready. Bought the Milepost, traded my cramped Porsche for a bit more comfortable coupe (Infiniti). One advice I received was to follow this route..” The other main route would be to go by way of Kansas City and Lincoln NB to follow I-80. US-30 and/or US-34 along the Platte River, the old Oregon Trail. Continuing on I-80 to Rawlins WY and picking up US-387/US-26 would take you to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks before continuing along the eastern side of the Rockies to Edmonton. This route would be about 400 miles longer than the shortest one possible, and so you would need to take at least 5 days for it. But it would perhaps be the most scenic and historical of the routes available to you.”.
On the other hand, I have already been to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons so wondering if I should take a shorter route but still leaning towards the above route.
I will have loads of more detailed questions from you experts and those who have travelled to Alaska in recent years but, first…
1. After visiting Yellowstone NP, where best to enter Canada? Looking for good roads and services, (prefer motels to stay) as I head towards Edmonton.
2. From Yellowstone, open to suggestions on how best to get to Dawson Creek.
I know if I get to Dawson Creek, I am less likely to turn around and return home. It’s scary and everyone, from my family to my friends, think it’s a crazy idea to go there. I am nervous and hoping I find fellow trippers heading the same way. Expect to leave on May 30th from AST. Louis.