Glen, it is great to know you and a couple of others are up there. I will really appreciate your input, and probably help and advice when I get there.
Let me assure you I am not coming up to Alaska thinking it will be a simple trip, or with the attitude that I know what it will be like. I am a 64 year old who has recently been given the all clear after a bout with cancer, and I am off on the adventure of my life. I have planned and prepared as much as I can for it for 18 months now, (even down to having rubber in my wheel arches like you did with your Porsche !!), but even so, at this stage, I am incredibly apprehensive about what I am taking on. So I am coming with my eyes open.
But I am also a fairly well seasoned traveller, having been in the oilfield all my life. In fact, my ex company (for 36 years) operates in Alaska (office in Fairbanks, work up North), and they use a lot of trucks on the haul road, so have been picking their brains !! And I was in the Middle East for 8 years in the early 70's when it was just sand and dirt roads, then in W Africa, then up in the deserts of Australia as well as the jungles of Papua New Guinea, and more recently all over SE Asia. And everywhere I have gone I have raced / rallied etc, except for Nigeria where it was all too difficult so we started a Radio Controlled car racing club instead !!!
But we do have a lot of similarities here, with bad roads (ours are from heat rather than cold !) that are always under going repairs with lengthy dirt detours, big trucks (ours have 3 trailers carrying 20 MT each, called Road Trains) and they too "own the road" especially out in the bush on the smaller dirt tracks, and we have poor cell coverage in the bush and long distances between fuel stops - across the Nullarbor, which I have done many times, there are 300 km sections, and sometimes the next one is shut too ! So all I can say is that I have made every preparation and taken every precaution I can (including AAA Premier coverage which they told me provided a towing service of up to 200 miles anywhere in the USA, including Alaska - Please tell me if they are wrong !!)
And the final ace up my sleeve is that I have no time limit on this trip, so I am not rushing. If I need to stop for a week due to weather conditions, or because I need to fix something, then I can do so. And having rebuilt my complete car, I reckon I can tackle any job on the car if I need to - Not that I want to, of course !!
Finally, I hear all your advice loud and clear. But have you read this story ? Maybe you even met them ? Article - Lynne Douglas - North to Alaska
But my view is that if they can do it in an MGTC, then I can certainly have a very close look at it in Elsie !! In fact their story has got me enthusiastic - The trip to Alaska is a possible warm up to the next plan, and that is to drive down the Andes and reach another dream of mine, Tierra del Fuego !! I am doing Alaska first because you speak English up there (so I am told !!) so I figured it would be easier than doing S America first !!! And once again, if they can do it in an MG, then my pride in Lotus says I can do it in an Elise !!
And if at any stage it gets too difficult, or stupid, or whatever, not a problem - I will park the Elise and get in a 4 WD - I may be adventurous, but I am not a total lunatic !!!!
The plans continue........And I appreciate everything you can tell me.