Our Wednesday a.m. departure date came promptly at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, primarily due to the need to re-engineer the wiring in the dashboard to revive some grumpy windshield wipers. Sometimes saying goodbye is hard, and this week seems to have been particularly hard for the bus. However, once we passed Eagle River all worries were left behind and the bus was ready to roll. More or less.It was a spectacular late afternoon/early evening for a drive out of Alaska. The sun came out for the first time in days and the scenery was quite scenic. We powered on through Palmer, Sutton, Glenallen and, intending to make up for lost days, pushed on toward Tok. A lesson apparently not learned on our last trip is that "pushing on" always seems to introduce wrinkles. The wrinkle this time was the answer to a question Brian had riddled prior to departure. "I wonder," Brian thought, "if I should replace those questionable right rear CV joints before leaving on a long road trip, or just drive into an area where VW buses haven't seen support in years and find out in they are really a problem." We are pretty confident you can answer this question yourself, and hindsight being 20/20, so now can we.To the thumpety thump of a sad, yet valiant, CV joint we pulled into the Porcupine Creek Campground about sixty miles south of Tok for the night.