This was the first of many scenic attraction we visited on the 1987 trp. The trip was designed to be a wonderful vacation as well as a Model T Tour. This photo shows myself with my 9 years old daughter Jennifer who made the entire trip. Jennifer and her sister Ginger will be driving a 1926 Model T pickup on the 2001 Texas -To-Alaska Model T Adventure.
Nevada was a wide dry desret, but it wasn’t hot even in June. IT was comfortable with the side curtains on. Two of the towns we stopped in did not have large enough motels us all. We had reservations in two different motels in each town.
Nevada was a wide dry desret, but it wasn’t hot even in June. IT was comfortable with the side curtains on. Two of the towns we stopped in did not have large enough motels us all. We had reservations in two different motels in each town.
This is one of the first stops we made on in California coast. The scenery was like this for hundreds of miles along the coast.
We saw a number of Eskimo totem poles on the trip.This one was beside the road on Vancover Island on our drive from Victoria to Port Hardy.
It was a real sight to see 16 Model T Fords boarding a Ferry boat. We drew quit a crowed, The accomodations on the ferries were very good. There was no hint of sea sickness. We rode this ferry from Vancover Island to Prince Rupert,B.C.
This tiny village was isolated on the shoreline along the route of the ferry boat on the coast of British Columbia. Everything was pristine and beautiful.
It’s hard to see the Bald Eagle in the center of this picture but we saw hundreds of them while in Alaska. If you have never seen one, they really are as majestic as you would expect.The wildlife we saw included eagles,bear,moose,salmon,whales,seals elk,porcupine,big horn sheep,and many others.
We drove in the 4th of July parade in Juneau,Alaska. A local photographer invited us out to the Mendenhall Glacier the nextmorning to have a group photo taken. This is the pose, with the cars all in a circle but taken with my regular camera. He set up his 1894 panoramic camera on an 8′ tall tripod in the centre of the circle and got the most fantastic photograph we had ever seen. The print was 8″ tall by 52″ long. We all treasure the photographs and display them proudly.
What more could you ever dream of on a Model T tour? This bridge is over the Chilkat River North out of Haines,Alaska. There were dozens of Bald Eagles along here.
Being from Texas, I was suprised to see these “Bluebonnets” in Alaska. I”ll have to admit they were bigger there. They were three feet tall – Lupines. This was on the drive out from Anchorage towards Portage Glacier. There were hundred of waterfalls and Dozens of glaciers.
My dad, Bryce Hradman, flew to Juneau and joined the trip for two weeks. The delighted girl with him is my daughter, Jennifer, Who made the whole trip at agr 9. We look a white water raft trip on a river near Denali National Park.
The world famous Alaska pipeline; You don’t realize how large it is until you park a Model T under it. We drove beside it for over 200 miles north of Fairbanks.
Here are fifteen of the Model T’s parked on either side of the Arctic Circle. July 18, 1987
This is one of the great pictures of the trips. It was taken on the Dalton Highway on our way from Fairbanks, across the Arctic circle to Coldfoot, Alaska. The Alaska pipeline is in the background. The car is a 1927 coupe driven by carl & Mable Giboney of Springfield, Missouri. Carl broke his crankshaft the next day 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle. He made it home driving this car with some stories to tell! Most of them were true. All 16 cars completed the trip on schedule.
This is one of the great pictures of the trips. It was taken on the Dalton Highway on our way from Fairbanks, across the Arctic circle to Coldfoot, Alaska. The Alaska pipeline is in the background. The car is a 1927 coupe driven by carl & Mable Giboney of Springfield, Missouri. Carl broke his crankshaft the next day 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle. He made it home driving this car with some stories to tell! Most of them were true. All 16 cars completed the trip on schedule.
The ribbon on the right is the Alaka Pipeline. The ribbon on the left is the Dalton Highway(the pipeline highway) north from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle. The pavement extends about 35 miles out of Fairbanks. We drovce gravel for an additional 200 miles.
The hills on the Dalton Highway going North out of Fairbanks were lo-o-ong and steep(15% grade). Many of them were given names like one – Beaver Slide. We were warned about how the 18-wheelers on the highway would shower us with gravel when they weny by.  They showed their respect for the Model T’s by slowing down to 20MPH when they saw us! We met great people all over Alaska!
This is a Unique site in Watson Lake. Yukon Territory There are hundred of poles set in the ground and thousand of sign from all over the world. Posting the signs is a custom that got started in the 1940’s when the Alcan Highway was being built. I carried a sign produced by our local chamber of commerce specifically to put up in this location.
We contacted many Community leaders along the route and they were wonderful hosts at numerous receptions and picnics all along our route. This Salmon bake was hosted by the community of Watson Lake, Yukon Territory.
If I hadn’t been there, I would think that this picture was taken in a photo studio with a canvas painting as a backdrop. Some of the scenery seems too beautiful to be real.
Glaciers along the Icefields Parkway in Jasper Nat’l. Park and Banff Nat’l Park, Alberta, Canada. Gorgeous!!!! It’s farther over there than it looks – about a mile.
Jennifer, Princess and me!
Back at home – Bryan, Texas.
Nine Weeks – 10,400 miles.