Tuesday, 1 September 2015
01.09.2015 - 01.09.2015
All packed and with a tasty breakfast under our belts we headed off in the hotel shuttle to the airport. We had plenty of time and chatted with a local who was flying to Fairbanks for work. He's an engineer working on the laying of fibre optic line from Fairbanks to some remote place I don't remember. Some work can only be done in Winter and other jobs only in Summer. He claims the limits are imposed more by the material or the equipment. The manpower is expected to continue on regardless.
The flight was uneventful and we were treated to spectacular views of the snow topped mountains. Fairbanks looked much more extensive than I'd imagined. The city is the Northern railhead for the Alaskan railway. All material arrives by rail and is then distributed either locally or further afield including the Arctic construction projects.
On arrival we were greeted by the young lady at the Princess Information desk. We were provided with room key, special luggage tags and a detailed schedule for the next two days. We waited a while and then boarded a coach to take us to the Lodge. Officially The Fairbanks Riverside Princess Lodge which will be home for two nights. We were about two hours early for check-in and it was suggested we grab a lunch in Tracker's Restaurant. There was an adequate menu and we selected 'Fish and Chips'. Turned out to be a great choice, the fish was beautifully cooked and the chips (French Fries) were crisp hot and plentiful.
After lunch the room was ready and we found our luggage already deposited there. We left it for now and bought two shuttle tickets for the coach which ferried us into down-town where we visited some of the local attractions and then were picked up and transported back to the lodge. Found to my surprise that the local WiFi was available in the rooms and FREE. I had assumed that the remote location would preclude access, obviously the friendly engineer we met in Anchorage or his mates had already provided fibre broadband.
Returned to Tracker's for a light meal and tackled the task of splitting our luggage. We finished up with one case which will be transported directly to the port where we will meet up with it in just over a week. Then there's the case which will catch up with us each stop. It will be transported separately and we are warned that they may arrive much later because of delays due to the condition of the roads. Then there's the 'carry-on' which carried the daily essentials and board the coach with us. Sounds like a concept fraught with dangers but we've had a stab at it.
Time to kick back and catch up on some sleep - it looks like a busy day ahead.
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view photo for today by following this link to my main album
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony