Sunday June 30th
(A Day in Nome and a change in plans)
First our day. We had breakfast (pix one & two), filled up
with gas (pix three) and headed out on the "Council Road." This is one of
the three roads I wrote about yesterday. This road goes about 74 miles
with the first 30 miles along the Bering Sea. Incredible views. All
along, there were huts, houses, shacks of all different types and condition (pix
four). I guess it's all in search of waterfront property.
About 25 miles out, along the Bering Sea (technically the Norton Sound of
the Bering Sea) there is reputed to be the Safety Roadhouse. The road
actually goes between the Sea on the right and the Safety Sound on the left.
It looked a bit like the other buildings along the way but we stopped.
Sharon asked me to go in and check it out. There was an "Open" sign in the
window. I went in and it really made the day. Tom, the proprietor, told
us a great deal about the area, and his life. It was really a great half
hour. (Pix five thru nine.) Two cups of coffee were $1. (We
gave him more.)
About another 6 miles out is the "Train to Nowhere" (pix ten). This tracks
were laid for the gold miners but construction stopped 20 miles short of it's destination.
So there they sit, since 1913.
After another ten miles, we turned for home (Nome). Pix eleven shows one
of the many gold dredges abandoned along the road.
NOW FOR OUR CHANGE OF PLANS. Valdez, where we were headed has a very
interesting instrument approach (pix twelve). Most instrument approaches
will take you down to anywhere from 200 to 800 feet or so, depending upon the
type of approach. This approach takes you down to 4,419 feet ABOVE
and four miles FROM the
runway. The locals usually just go up the valley visually, but I ain't a
local and the weather is supposed to be cloudy. Instead we plan on going
to Cordova, with a stop at Anchorage for fuel. (There is no fuel or
service at Cordova.) If it works out and we go
to Cordova, we'll stay there until Tuesday morning and then continue on to
Canada. We'll let you know.
We ate breakfast at "Fat Freddies"
Where we didn't eat - - - ever!
$3 a gallon looks pretty good
Two locals - Tom, the owner is on the right
The Train to Nowhere