Gas prices: I tried hard not to pay too much attention. Something I'd got used to owning an FJ In all seriousness, figure it's routinely about 50% more in Canada. And whether Canada or Alaska, it gets more expensive the further you get from big towns, as you'd expect.
Gas availability vs. range: wasn't a problem on our route. I wasn't sure if it was going to be, so typically topped off more frequently than needed when passing remote gas stations. One thing I had my eye on that we didn't do was the Dalton Highway up to Deadhorse. For that I'd want to carry an extra five gallons to have a bit of wiggle room.
Essential background reading: if you're thinking about this trip, get a copy of The Milepost. It has extremely detailed information about what you'll find on each route, plus a bunch of background information and color that'll help you figure out which way you want to go and what you want to see. If you have a copilot it really comes into its own once you're up in Canada in the middle of nowhere, making it easy to plan gas, food and sightseeing stops. If you're planning to camp, I'd suggest a copy of Traveler's Guide to Alaskan Camping as well. It covers a lot of the same geography as the Milepost, but has more detail on individual campgrounds layout and facilities.
We found a hitch cargo rack was really handy for additional cargo space. Our Yeti Tundra cooler did the whole trip strapped back there. We had that mounted on a Yakima Backswing which swings out 90 degrees and locks. That gave us full access to the FJ cargo area when stopped. It was a last minute addition before we left, but having used it I'd consider it invaluable if you're going the hitch mount rack route. Would have been way more annoying to have to unpack and tiptoe around the hitch rack to get into the back of the FJ.
In the back of the FJ, I jury rigged a cargo shelf out of plywood, with a couple of storage bins underneath. Turned out handy to have a storage bin each, separate from general camping gear.
Took a little trip out to the Trona Pinnacles this weekend, and what an other-worldly feeling! We camped at the far Eastern end of the formations, quite a ways from the largest pinnacles, but the feeling of being on another planet was strong. Additionally, at dawn the smell of sulfur was pretty...
A Land Cruiser story ok?
From the story:
After a relatively short drive to port, the car was shipped to Malaysia where the road trip really began. They took a route that passed through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Iran before crossing into Europe. They then...
Back from an expedition in beautiful Morocco.
I travelled the 2200 miles with 3 other vehicles.
Feel free to ask me details in case you would like to discover this country. I will be glad to help.
With winter blasting away across so many parts of the US right now, I thought I would share some photos from a recent trip to Mexico and it’s warmer climate. It was my first time going to Baja. November seemed like a great time to go and things along the border were nothing unusual with...