more like 11:30 because I was tired.
The Mad Trapper of Rat River eluded the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for forty-eight-days in the winter of 1931-32. It was called the “The Arctic Circle War”. It was the largest manhunt in Canadian history and when “they got their man” they didn’t know who he was. In fact, even today, no one knows his identity. Recently his body was exhumed for DNA, there is a Discovery Channel special about it. It’s a very interesting story. An examination of Johnson’s body yielded over $2,000 in both American and Canadian currency as well as some gold, a pocket compass, a razor, a knife, fish hooks, nails, a dead squirrel, a dead bird, a large quantity of Beecham’s Pills and teeth with gold fillings that were believed to be his. During the entire chase, the Mounties had never heard Johnson utter a single word.
After driving the Dempster Highway, 1000 mile dirt road, you have to wash your car right away. They use some sort of caking agent on the road to keep the dust down. The problem with that is when it rains that stuff mixed with mud forms a concrete on your car and if you don’t wash it off it will dry and pull the paint off. There is only one car wash, well not really a car wash, just a pressure hose in Dawson City. A short video of washing the Dempster off of the Jeep.
I first drove the Alaskan Highway in 1986. Back then it wasn’t as well developed as it is today. If you think about about it, the road was barely 40 years old back then with many gravel sections. Today it is pretty well maintained which takes some of the “adventure” out of it. That’s not to say don’t do it. Always go do it, never sit still. There are other roads up there with plenty of adventure on them. With that said they are going fast. Oil fracking, hunting and fishing lodges, timber exploration are all taking their toll on adventure. Do it now, before they pave paradise.