One Truck, Two Generations, 14 Days and 5,000 Miles

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The Arctic Circle remains one of the last great wildernesses you can reach by "road". On August 24, 2007, a father son team is setting off, in their Toyota FJ Cruiser, from Poulsbo, Washington, and blogging to the Arctic Circle.

Follow a father and son's adventure as they take this once in a lifetime journey to the Arctic Circle. The travelers will keep everyone up to date through their blog (http://www.LastGreatRoadTrip.com) with stories, travel updates and pictures.

The Arctic Circle remains one of the last great wildernesses you can reach by "road". On August 24, 2007, a father son team is setting off, in their Toyota FJ Cruiser, from Poulsbo, Washington, and driving to the Arctic Circle. The two road warriors will attempt to travel over 5,200 miles in 14 days traveling on the Alaska Marine Hwy, Alaskan Canadian Hwy (ALCAN) and highways that can best be described as gravel paths.

The first leg of the journey is through the scenic waterways of Southeastern Alaska's Inside Passage. The ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway will carry the pair of road warriors and their 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser from Bellingham, WA. to the southeastern ports of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau (Alaska's capital), off loading in Haines, AK.

From Haines the travelers will drive north joining up with the Alaskan Canada Highway at Haines Junction. The early legs of the trip are a hard push to reach Fairbanks, Alaska, which the pair will use as its jumping off point to the Arctic Circle. The 414-mile Dalton Highway, still called 'Haul Road', connects the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope with mainstream Alaska and is one of Alaska's most remote and challenging roads. Mostly gravel, motorists need to watch for ruts, rocks, dust in dry weather, potholes in wet weather and trucks and road maintenance equipment at all times.

The first stop on Haul Road is Coldfoot, one of the few Alaska communities north of the Arctic Circle accessible by road. Described as a bit of a one-horse town, it will be the first overnight stop on the Dalton Highway.

The end of the trail is Deadhorse, 498 miles north of Fairbanks near the Arctic Ocean and is the end of the Haul Road.

After the dust-covered adventurers return to Fairbanks, a leisurely journey back down the ALCAN Hwy will carry the pair south through two countries, two provinces and two states. While the itinerary sets some goals, the mark of a great road trip is the freedom to take a side road just because it looks interesting.

Visitors to the blog will participate in deciding the final outcome of the trip. While a starting itinerary is set, the father and son adventures will look to the blog comments for deciding accommodation choices, destination activities and recommended side trips.

Assist in defining the final outcome of this once in a lifetime adventure by visiting http://www.LastGreatRoadTrip.com and contributing your experience, ideas and dreams that will shape the trip's possibilities.

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