We are on a very, very long road trip, crossing into and out of Canada. This is a great idea in December. 8 days in the car, covering 3851 miles. Thanks to Alaska and Canada, we will only move at a 59mph pace. That’s a lot of travel, but only about 472.6 miles a day. Let’s go, I guess.
The good news is that our stretch through Alaska will be under high pressure, and there won’t be any freshly fallen snow as we head first to the northeast and then eventually back to the southeast through the Yukon. We won’t see a lot of civilization as we make our way through the wilderness, so be sure to gas up whenever possible. The day will end near the Burwash Landing in the Yukon. If we have any issues wit will be with the wind, but the valley we drive through may protect us.
This is such a weird trip. Be prepared to do some camping, not only in the Yukon but here on the second day of travel. Cool high pressure will continue to build into the western parts of Canada. As long as our hypothetical RV is working, our night will be just fine along the northern border of British Columbia, near Swan Lake. Hopefully soon, we will start staying in towns!
OK, so day three isn’t the day that we will find a hotel to stay in. We are just going to stop about 60 kilometers south of Fort Nelson, which is on the east side of the Rockies. This can qualify as progress. High pressure is going to be fully in charge over British Columbia at this point, so just watch out for bears.
We still won’t be in terribly heavily populated areas by Thursday, but there will be a little bit more traffic. In fact, we will be travelling along a 4 lane highway through Alberta, which will be nice. We won’t be hitting too many towns but we are going to make a point of stopping in Fox Creek for a real bed and a shower though. This should all go to tell you how vast the dome of high pressure is. We’re talking about places to stay instead of the weather. Let’s keep plugging away.
I suppose I should point out that this week is going to be chilly. I just wanted to make that clear. Canadian high pressure usually means some cold, subzero temperatures in the prairies. It may actually be warmer in the mountains than it will be in Alberta. Our day Friday will include trips through Edmonton and Calgary, and will stop in Lethbridge, which is also a real town. Finally.
That Arctic ridge is going to continue building into the northern high Plains of the United States, brining the cold air from Canada right south with us. The good news is, we have finally reached the United States, and there aren’t any more camping stops. Of course, we have to navigate the entire state of Montana for our first day in the States. We will make it to the Gerryowen travel plaza by the end of the day.
The instability moving over the Rockies will lead to some snow showers across Colorado. Expect cold but dry weather through Wyoming, but overcast and snow showers will encroach shortly after we pass Fort Collins. Expect the snow showers to continue until we reach the Denver suburb of Henderson, where we will stop for the day.
We did it! We’re in America and we are finishing the trip on Sunday, the 8th! The sharp back edge of cold weather will continue to crank out a few snow showers from eastern Colorado to west Texas. It will likely be overcast as we arrive in Wichita Falls, but significantly warmer than it was in Canada. No promises though. This is an EIGHT DAY FORECAST.