WHERE to begin?!?! ill tell some of the story, and make notations with the pictures. now i think it was a good idea that i put an aggressive tire on the truck and gave it a 3" body lift...i think it helped, i also flushed all the fluids out, changed belts out and kept spares, threw in a k&n
well some of u know i needed new tires in nashville, really nice people there.
the adventure did not really begin until i hit canada.
Now when i hit the canadian border they made me park my truck and sit inside for an hour while they ran a background check on me. Then i was told to pull my truck and car into the "hangar" to which point they completely unloaded my truck and car...then proceeded to pull off my door panels, pulled seats out, lifted carpet...i mean, i had military orders/and ID...what the heck? then i had to load it all back up myself.
so from there, it was boring...longggg drives with nothing and nothing and nothing, then i would see these huge silos built next to the train tracks...they were everywhere in canada, probably a large source of their income!
then the proverbial poop hit the literal fan when i hit the alaskan highway...which is actually over a 1000miles away from alaska..when i made that turn my GPS tells me "turn onto bla bla street in 1,320 miles" hahahaha oh man!
almost immediately off the bat, the alaskan highway gets bumpy, mountains, moose, and monsters running amuck. Now i must remind you that its veryyyyyyy true that gas stations are very limited out on this road! i normally went 300-400+ miles before getting a station, so i had to fill my tank up with the 4 gas cans i brought with me. and the stations are open during like 6-4pm, they have no credit card slots, some places dont have credit card machines or a phone...so the option of breaking down...was not an option hahahaha. which i did blow one tire out on the alaskan highway, at 2am with god knows what looking at me like a meal, it wasnt too cold out there believe it or not.
alot of the roads have no barriers, or gaurd rails...which sux when tractor trailers buzz past me at 90mph...one guys rear left tire wasnt even on the road at one point...good thing they are duals back there!
just because the road is paved...means NOTHING! i felt like a fisherman on the deadliest catch, going 3 miles an hour driving the waves of pavement for hundreds of miles, there were only a few spots i could actually get up to 50mph on. one particular stretch of canyon road, snugged between two mountains, i had to go 5mph around tight bends for about 50miles at dark, dodging falling BOULDERS. And in that canyon...a new F350 with a large 26' trailer was following me...when i stopped hes like "sorry for following you like that, just looked like you knew what u were doing haha" and im thinking (what? stay alive?!)
hmm and i did tow in 3rd gear the whole time, i averaged around 12-14mpg which is not too bad considering i had 5246lbs of weight (which includes trailer, car, and everything i brought with me) so i exceeded max tow for the truck by 246lbs.
it showed in some parts, because u dont notice your going up a mountain most of the time, until u see a sign...so i put it in 2nd and i come to the crest of the hill and im like "how the heck did i get up here?" then when i get to the bottom, lurking around the corner is a near straight up hill and im just like "HOLD ON DOGS!" then i floor it, get up to 50mph....rpms dropping....kicks into 2nd at 4600rpm....rpms dropping...now at 2600rpm....kicks into 1st...i start ROCKING THE TRUCK WITH MY BODY...C'MON NISSAN DONT FAIL ME NOW!!!" that happened more times on that road than i care to ever happen again. one particular hill...going down...i almost bit the bullet on that one, HUGE grade, i started out at 5mph and the trailer was wanting to get away from me, it was raining...just horrible...thank someone because jesus was riding shottie with me on that one!
now im going to put up a lot of pix....amd its going to take me a second to go through 630 pix...
sorry i took most all of these pix moving, good i had a decent camera
here are some huge tires i deemed worthy of taking a picture...
these windmills are all over the place in the northern region
heres the wolf monster eating my mountain dew
idk i thought this was cool?
heres those silos i was talking about
hmmm i dont see a historical museum??
into the darkness i go...
idk? guessing champs of some sort...
shoulda bought a turbo diesel =(
everyone else takes pix of gas pumps...so i gave it a shot
woo! i can see mountains
now i talked to this guy getting gas! i guess that a lot places (like her in alaska) are only accessible by plane or helicopter, but hes paid to ferry lumberyard people out to far out places...funky.
wolf monster sleepin in the back haha
over a lookout spot...had to stop cause truck got too hot going up that hill haha