JEEP – Originally published July 2, 2011 while on my Jeep Expedition
Subject: My Day 3 – Arctic Jeep Expedition
Today I had a guy ask me where my RV was? I said I’m not towing her, I’m driving her to Alaska; and so are four other JEEP guys that I’ll soon be meeting up with.
We normally don’t call ourselves by our real names; on the trail we tend to sometimes use our forum trail names, so (John) becomes HalfFastJohn and his cousin Tommy (no trail name yet -possibly hasn’t earned one yet) we finally arrive at the Best Western in Dillon, Montana.
Unlike my jeep Wrangler X – HalfFastJohn’s jeep is equipped for comfort replete with one large capacity refrigerator. On my Wrangler X, my refrigeration needs so far are only served via an ice bag cooler that rides on the passenger floor.
NOTE TO SELF: According to my wife I’m not allowed to carry passengers; especially anyone of the opposite sex so keeping my cooler bag on the passenger floor is a good thing as I don’t want passengers. Not having the room on a full size Jeep is sooooo American. Low tech me – maybe there’s a pattern here? I may be low tech, but I am highly functional.
So far, I note no concerns or obsessions in my thoughts, like maybe, where’s the next gas station? We all carry extra tires and gas. My new Costco (last minute buy) Road Mate Magellan GPS makes finding most anything pretty much fool proof.
Earlier today I went fishing and caught out of the North Fork Flathead River four Alaskan Ambers. I am now enjoying my second one right now along with my beef stroganoff and noodles meal.
Todays dessert was one rice krispies treat.
The Big Agnes tent is now up – about twenty feet from the river’s edge where I earlier placed the beers to cool them. This way of cooking and camping is incredibly easy and so is the clean up. Rinse out the MSR cooking pot and one folding spoon; fold up the whisperlight stove into its canister and once the pot is clean place everything inside.
Store the Mountain house beef stroganoff freeze dried meal bag and empty amber beer bottles into the beer food storage box and I am done. It’s a little windy now for a fire but at least it keeps the mosquitoes at bay for a little while longer.
Tomorrow morning I hit the “going to the sun road” which I am told is considered to be one of the world’s most spectacular highways. This road bisects the heart of Glacier and follows the shores of the parks two largest lakes as it hugs the cliffs below the Continental Divide as it traverses Logan Pass.
I am now within 25 miles of the Canadian border.
Sunburst seems to be the closes town I see on the USA side of the border with Lethbridge being the Canadian equivalent. No wifi or cell coverage from within this remote camp spot. I am now staying (July 3rd) at the Glacier Campground just outside of the west side of Glacier. This is a really great camp site spot.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PATTI! My wife was born on the fourth of July.
Mike whom I haven’t yet met made the reservations for two camp sites and I’m the first jeep that has arrived.
Unfortunately for Mike #2 I head that the rear end on his jeep Cherokee started making strange noises so he returned back to Missoula for repairs. In a few hours John and his cousin Tommy who is riding passenger should arrive.
UPDATE: Two Jeeps on our Yukon Jeep Expedition so far are having issues – and we haven’t yet left the USA. Kevin’s Cherokee rear axle was the first one to return back to Missoula however, please note – this is a 4th of July weekend and getting anything done on a holiday does not look good.
Mike and Ken had to get their Jeep Cherokee towed. According to them the thermostat stuck causing the jeep to overhead destroying the radiator. (Could it also be the fact that Mike’s Jeep Cherokee is loaded down and weighing about as much as a Sherman tank? Mike and Ken are here now and just set up their Coleman Instant tent.
People of Montana. By far some of the nicest friendliest group of people that I’ve met so far. People of Utah you guys get the cleanest yards award.
See you on the trail.Trawlercat Posted by Trawlercat at 5:07 PM