2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged Alaska Road Trip: The Road Less Traveled
September 24, 2012
To get to Alaska, Kurt and I took the fast route. It looped us up through Idaho and Montana, Edmonton and a bunch of other Canadian cities en route to Dawson Creek, Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway.
To get home, we took the Western Access route. It's slower, twistier, connects directly to I5 -- the same I5 that turns into a parking lot here in LA -- and avoids Dawson Creek entirely. The road splits from our original route just before Watson Lake and connects to Highway 16 all the way to Prince George where we'll hop onto 97 which, eventually, turns into the 5.
This route is far, far less busy than the normal access route and this is where we expected to have problems.
Starting with the fact that about half of the route is this sealed one-lane job occupied mostly by logging trucks.
Our fears turned out to be unfounded as this route was spectacular. The pavement was a little rough, but not broken and the logging trucks were quick to wave us by.
The bigger problem was finding gas -- a number of stations only sold diesel, and the ones we found that sold gas only sold 85.5 or 87 octane. Sorry, Jag, but given the choice between 87 and running out of fuel, I'm picking the low-octane every time. We went 556 miles on two-tanks of 87.This leg was also the one with the furthest distance between fueling stations. We caught one station closing early and filled up with only 291 miles on the trip. Had we not caught them closing, we'd have had to sleep in the car until they decided to open again
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 9,213 miles