Our first round trip to Sandy Lake was completed without incident. A smooth ten hour trip up, a day of unloading and storing materials in Sandy was followed by an uneventful trip back to Red Lake. However, upon our departure for the second trip, Ed's truck blew a power steering line...at 5am...in -40C. Fortunately, we were just outside Red Lake and not in the middle of the wilderness. We limped Ed's truck to a friends place and loaded as much as we could in the other two vehicles. Also, that same morning, Ryan came down with the flu and quarantined himself in the Super 8 motel. Fortunately, we had three drivers available for two vehicles. On our way northbound, we immediately noticed the road was getting severely chewed up by the numerous fuel and freighter semis. Another 10 hr drive was followed by a quick unload of goods in Sandy and we were back on our way southbound. We encountered 18 semi transports our final trip back to Red Lake; that is incredibly heavy traffic for a seasonal road. All in all, it was another interesting journey into the wilderness.
Only a couple more months till open water!