|This morning started out pretty nice with temperatures in the mid 50’s and only a few clouds.
I left the Grand View Café & RV Park at 09:35AM heading east on the Glenn Highway. The closer I got to Glennallen the cloudier it became. I saw one caribou between Glacier View and Glennallen. Very scenic drive with lots of small lakes along the highway. I crossed Eureka Summit, 3,322 feet and the highest point on the Glenn Highway.
When I turned south on Alaska Highway 4, the Richardson Highway, the weather changed. The further south I went the darker it became with heavy clouds obscuring most of the mountains. What I could see was very pretty with numerous waterfalls coming down the mountains from the snow melt. North of Worthington Glacier the fog started to set in. When I reached the glacier I could barely make out the exit sign. When I reached Thompson Pass the fog was really thick and I was down to 20MPH. I could not see anything until I got to the bottom of the mountain and stopped at Bridal Veil Falls.
There were numerous pavement breaks from Glennallen south to Valdez. The posted speed limit was 25MPH but I went through at 15MPH as they were pretty rough.
There were a few places along the highway where you could see the pipeline that ends in Valdez. Lots of rivers/streams along the highway but I did not see any wildlife from Glennallen south to Valdez.
I arrived at Bayside RV Park at 13:50PM. 50amp E/W/S. The rain and fog continued all day.
I drove out to the Old Valdez town site that was destroyed on March 27, 1964 at 5:36PM by a 5-minute, 9.2 measured earthquake. I then drove out Dayville Road as far as you can go. Access ends at the pipeline terminal. There was a report of a bear and four cubs near the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery but I did not see them. I did see a few sea lions out in the water. The pipeline terminal was almost totally obscured by the clouds/fog.
I went to Oldtown Burgers for a cheeseburger and soft drink for dinner.
195.2 RV miles today. 4 hours and 15 minutes driving time.
28.3 SUV miles today.