So my friend Mandy and I love Ice Road Truckers... I mean really, who doesn't..?? So what's two girls to do on a Sunday afternoon in a town that is HOME of Ice Road Truckers.. than travel up the road that is the main character in our favorite weekly program..
The Dalton Highway..
We started off on our day greeted with wet Alaskan skies.. Our first stop on our groupie tour was the Hilltop Truckstop. This truckstop is actually on the Elliot Highway near the city of Fox. The Elliot eventually turns into the Dalton..
ANYWAYS.. This fuel stop/pie stop is a popular place for the local truckers and Carlile drivers.. theres actually a whole room sectioned off for "truckers only"..
Sorry guys, Lisa was not eating pie at the truck stop.
But I got a rad bumper sticker that said "I Brake for Pie".. I've already gotten sexually harrassed about that one.
So we eat our pie and our over cooked grilled chesse and head up the road...the grades get steeper, the road gets even more awful.. We head almost 60 miles straight UP a mountain.
As we reach the sign The James Dalton Highway.. (as we have seen MANY times on the show) we are less than giddy with excitement. We were almost thrown off the road by a Carlile driver who splashed us with so much mud and rocks from the road our car moved.
Coupled with the fog and rain and mud everywhere.. we couldn't see a thing.
So we drove and drove and drove some more.. watching the oil pipeline floating along beside us..
Nothing but goat trail and wild truckers pushing us off the road.
This went on for over 100 miles when we reached the Yukon River Bridge.. the longest bridge in Alaska.
We had had enough fighting of the wind and rain and the trucks and so we turned around.
We couldn't make it to the Arctic Circle.
100 miles short.
I don't think I could do this in the winter.. I guess my career as an Ice Road Trucker is over..