Could not Turn Around on the Road to Nowhere
by Bill Hobson
(Oakville ,Ontario Canda)
Two years ago, on our trip from Toronto, Canada to Haines, Alaska (with a 99 Silverado extended cab pulling a 25-foot 5ver), we inadvertently took the wrong road. The narrow tree-lined route offered no way to turn our almost 50-ft combo. To add to our travelling pleasure, mother nature graced us with a lovely, sudden hail storm. Being a newbie RVer (I bought the 86 5vr expressly for the trip), my backing-up skills were negligible.
Thankfully, the storm finally ended and we were able to creep along the now unpaved road. It soon became evident that this road would soon become nonexistent as its condition and makeup continued to degrade. We had just about given up on ever getting the whole rig out when fate smiled upon us once more. A clearing on our right that contained logging equipment sat there . We got out, checked the stability of the gravel and rock surface, and made the only decision possible.... Turn our home on wheels around here or become food for the occasional Grizzly we had seen. After much consternation, gear slamming, and oaths relief we finally achieved what I thought was impossible.....we had turned around (with limited damage to our rig and pride).
We stayed the night at our boondock home site (all the while clutching our bear spray and whistles) and, when morning came, left with an unspoken prayer on our minds. "Please grant me the gift of knowing where I'm going and how to get there safety" was the main kiosk of that thought. It has become the main base for the travels that followed this trip.