Corvette Road Trip
Traveling America's Roads in America's Sports Car

Maryland to Alaska and Back in a 1994 ZR-1
Part 4

The road conditions were excellent and the traffic was light so we made good time. The road heads northwest and there were miles and miles of arrow straight road as you can see in the background of this picture:

We finally reached Dawson Creek, BC, which is the start of the Alaska Highway:

We had traveled 2800 miles in 5 days, the Z was running flawlessly, and the next day we would enter the wilderness and head for Alaska!

On a beautiful Sunday morning, we posed at the actual Alaska Highway, Mile Zero Marker before setting out on the first leg of the Alaska Highway.


About 20 miles north of Dawson Creek we left the modern day Alaska Highway to drive on the original, less direct route. On this route is the Kiskatinaw Bridge:

Construction of this wooden bridge took 9 months to complete in 1942 and was the first curved wooden bridge to be built in Canada. There are few that still remain. The Canadian workers who built the bridge, camped in the area, which later became the Kiskatinaw Provincial Park.

After crossing the bridge, we drove up the canyon to an overlook:

Lyndi volunteered to wait at the overlook while I drove back to the bridge for a nice long range photo:

Continuing north on the Alaska Highway, the next significant barrier to the Army engineers building the highway was the Peace River. The river is wide and has high banks on both sides. The war-time pressure to complete the road to Alaska required some radical solutions. The quickest way to get a long, high-level bridge was to disassemble a bridge in Oakland California, ship it to Canada, and reassemble it across the Peace River. That bridge lasted ten years and then had to be replaced.

The Alaska Highway in British Columbia runs in a mostly northern direction to skirt the Canadian Rockies. The traffic on the Highway was sparse and the road conditions were excellent. The scenery is breath taking:

In order to enjoy the long driving sessions, Lyndi arranged her art supplies and paints in the car. Working in acrylics she painted as I drove:
Just before we reached Fort Nelson, BC, we spotted this Black Bear crossing the highway: