The car has been garaged at the house in Malibu awaiting my ace technician, Chris, to arrive and carry out a load of work to get it ready for the start in late July. There are three main jobs to do. Fitting of new discs to the front brakes to overcome the brake judder from the existing warped discs. A general service and check of the car and finally the fitting of the windscreen stone guard that I bought on the internet from a company in Australia.
Well, the discs have been fitted and the final part of the servicing, the oil and filter change will be done, by the Chevron garage just down the road from the house, later on this week. That has left the fitting of the stone guard.
The stone guard is designed to stop the worst of flying stones on gravel roads from hitting the windscreen. Apparently the Dalton Highway, the 600 miles of gravel road from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay, is notorious for windscreen breakages. These are caused by the oil company trucks throwing up stones as they travel up and down to the North Shore oilfields.
Well, to make sure the guard was fitted how I wanted, my son Ed e-mailed me photos of the guard placed on the windscreen, prior to permanent fitting. The two photos below show the guard in the 'down' position to give protection and then in the 'up' position when the guard is not needed.
A photo looking through the windscreen with the guard in the 'down' position. You can just see Bob and Thelma's Landcruiser parked in the garage.
The latest news on the route is that we are now fully booked at all the overnight stops where there is limited accomodation avaliable. This was especially important for the stops in the Yukon at Beaver Creek and Haines Junction, and then in Alaska at Wiseman and Prudhoe Bay.