|Rush Hour on The Alcan: 4 cars ahead of me, 3 oncoming and more behind me.|
Dawson Creek (not to be confused with Dawson City or Beaver Creek) is Mile 0 but it is still 1000 miles from the US/Canadian boarder. Given the low pressure system coming up from Vancouver into the southern British Columbia Mountains, I opted for the slightly longer and more familiar route of going through Alberta. The route into Seattle is all mountains and with new snow could be a stressful drive. Turned out the system blew itself out pretty quickly and it would probably have been okay. From Dawson I drove East toward Edmonton, Alberta. Crossing into Alberta I lost another hour moving into the equivalent of US Mountain time. I found myself in the first major city, Grande Prairie at 8pm and started looking for a hotel to find they were pretty full already (2 hours short of my goal). Turns out the oil companies have employees living in the hotels and there was a conference. I almost went on to the next town but the Motel 6 clerk said they were full too. I finally found a place and turned in early to get an early start on Thursday.