I'll jump on this wagon. I have driven the Al-Can up and down 2 times by myself (between the ages of 20 and 23). In my 1999 Tacoma. I remember coming home (north) in early March the 2nd trip i did, and i ran out of gas at Watson Lake and had JUST enough gas in my gas can (3 gallons) to get me IN TO the town of Watson Lake, only to find the gas stations were closed (this was at 1am). The temperature was -40f, and i didnt want to spend money on a motel JUST to wake up again in 5 hours when the gas stations opened. So I slept outside of the motel in the parking lot, in my extended cab (im 6'2) back seat on top of suitcases and guitars, curled up in a ball. (which was actually KIND of comfy) and having to wake up every 35 minutes to warm up the truck (and engine for that matter). THAT was when i woke the next morning and thought, "Damn! This will be a cool story to tell my kids". Not near as cool as the stories i have from the family road trips down the highway from North Pole, AK. 5 kids, and it was actually at the time CHEAPER to DRIVE outside to visit family, so every few years mom and dad would pack us kids and drive straight through. I DO remember distinctly leaving North Pole on a Friday morning, and making it to Disneyland on that following Monday. My dad was a speed freak i think. haha. I get my ability to drive 16+ hour days from him, not to mention my love for the open road.
On a side note dad and I plan on taking a road trip up the Alcan to Alaska this coming July, it would be about a month road trip in either my 4 cylinder AC 5 speed or if dad has one by then, his Tacoma AC V6 automatic since we plan to pull a trailer with our enduro bikes in it, the extra power would be nice. We would like to hit some of the Canadia parks along the way, particularly Jasper Park, it is right close to Alaska right? Really wanna see that park if it is along the way, and tour it on the bikes. We intend to bring a large tent to camp in and extra warm clothes. We are Montanas and know that winter can come in July at any time of the year in this part of the world, sure it is the same for Canada and Alaska! We may possibly bring our 2 dogs with us, is there anything we need to know about bringing them along? Like their health records showing they are up to date on all shots for example? Any other things we need to know before heading out on this trip? I plan to get either truck a good service done before the long drive just to make sure it is in top running order, it is a Toyota though so am not worried about being stranded alongside the Alcan highway very much. Plus I carry tools with me and am a decent wrench and so is dad.