The Winter Road Adventure
Mid February Dad, myself and a close friend ventured up the yearly ice highway. The cold temperatures mentioned above accompanied us the entire voyage. Six of the eight mornings we traveled dipped below a frigid-35 C (-31F), creating excellent ice conditions. All in all, we managed to transport approximately 15000 pds of materials. Two boats, a new solar fridge and thousands of pounds of lumber were just some of the bulk we lugged.
|The cold of the north. -40 C=-40 F|
Only one animal was spotted in our four trips. A single otter trotted down the middle of the road one morning oblivious to his whereabouts and even failed to notice a half ton truck immediately behind him. Where this otter was attempting to travel was beyond me due to the fact no open water existed for miles. Several signs of other wildlife was present such as fresh moose and wolf tracks. One evening, I attempted several times to capture the dancing northern lights, however neither my GO Pro or cell phone camera were able to capture the aurora borealis.
One unfortunate instance however, cost us. The morning we scheduled to pick up the majority of our lumber Dad's Ram 2500 began acting unusual, revving up unpredictably. After about 20 miles, the RPM's failed to drop below 6000 and Dad burned through an extreme amount of gas. All the signs pointed too, you guessed it, a busted transmission. The only positive to that situation, we weren't 100 miles in the middle of nowhere when it occurred. We parked the truck at a friends in Vermillion Bay and after several phone calls, were able to track down a Chevy Silverado half ton for the drive.
March Madness Begins
|Dad with a frosty mustache unloading freight|
Pool # 28122
Good luck in your early season fishing adventures. Spring is just around the corner.
|This semi took a corner too fast on the ice highway|
|Inattentive driving will cause you to fall off the already|
slippery and steep road.