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Old 05-22-2014, 01:53 PM   #101
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Re: Alaska 2014

Thought i would double check on the very scenic hwy 40 through the Kananaskis (from long view to canmore) and looks like the full loop is not open until June 15. If you have time it would be worth going up the road on both ends. Its to bad you guys are to early for both that road and the Going to the sun in Glacier. Both are must do's when you can!

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Old 05-22-2014, 04:22 PM   #102
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Hey Gnty,
Thanks for checking! It looks like we may be in luck. Our "schedule" has us in Glacier June 13 -15 and traveling 40 through Kananaskis on June 16. We even have 2 "slack days" built into the schedule so we can linger along the way.

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Old 05-22-2014, 09:02 PM   #103
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I've attached a map that shows one of my favourite routes from Glacier to the Ice Fields Parkway. Excluding Going to the sun road due to time of year. Not sure if your looking to do any backroads (gravel) with your sprinter so i've only included a paved route.
I can post some pictures from that route if interested.

Paved - http://mapq.st/RRMONF
Thanks gnty, we will also take your route. We plan to stay at St Mary campground tomorrow night to start. Tonight we are at the Walmart in Havre.

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Old 05-23-2014, 06:07 PM   #104
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We will have to wait and see iff I make it to Alaska or not. Van is in the shop with fuel in the oil (1 gallon in 200 miles!). Tech thinks I need new heads. Pull the engine, tear down, replace heads and put it back together ~$10K.

For now I'm driving to Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and home with my Jetta and tent. How archaic is that? Damn, I miss my van already. Time to pack the Jetta and see how it goes.

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Sorry to hear that Mike. You were the one to start this thread and get us excited about an Alaska trip this year. I know how you feel about having to regress to tent camping. We did that for many a year and now truly love traveling in the van.
Follow us vicariously!

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Old 05-23-2014, 10:14 PM   #106
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Mike, that's a big bummer! Try to find a donor engine from a yard, or have your shop find one? Hoping for a speedy recovery! Had you just started out on your journey north?
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I may still make it. Three weeks in the Jetta, home to the van repaired and head North and hope it was put back together correctly! It's all an adventure - at least afterwards that is.

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Old 05-24-2014, 08:55 AM   #108
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Mike, do you have a good shop to do the work? I know a diesel truck only place in Sacramento, though I know that's quite a distance away from you.


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It is apart now. I just have to decide on the repair path. They can do it while I'm gone.

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Mike did they find a cause for this? I can see a gasket but the heads themselves?
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