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    Re: cell phone photos from a Canadian Ice Road

    it is spreading it's evil curse.
    I was just putting my truck in gear, after posting the photo when I heard on the radio about the next victim.
    https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4010381

    Plus this one happened a few days ago.
    https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.3995134

    The second fire the evil trailer caused.
    https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.3995134

    The first fire, and death it caused.
    https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.1368714

    I don't think there was a single fire in the five years between.

    The good thing is no driver has been hurt this year.
    I heard todays driver saying that he was stopping to fix an air issue. Less than a minute later a truck driving the other way told his convoy to stop due to a fireball.

    I was the team leader of the next convoy to leave.

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    Re: cell phone photos from a Canadian Ice Road

    Oh man, dangerous job, hope the payment make it worth. Have driven a gas tank truck few times with a friend as a second driver, sensation of carrying a pile of fresh eggs on my shoulders, maybe worse,

    Cheers,

    Renato

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    Re: cell phone photos from a Canadian Ice Road

    Thanks for sharing. I spent several months in Yellowknife and Hay River between 1996 and 2000 testing vehicles. Beautiful area but I sure wouldn't travel alone there without survival equipment. Would definitely love to get back there in the summer. Did they ever put a bridge over the Mackenzie River? I crossed the ice bridge there in between a couple of tankers and that was about as nervous as I've ever been in a car.

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    Re: cell phone photos from a Canadian Ice Road

    Bruce,
    They not only built the bridge, but it is also beautiful.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deh_Cho_Bridge
    However it is still scary to drive over.

    Cars are free to cross, however commercial vehicles get a huge ticket if they don't pre-pay or have a transponder registered.
    I will be crossing it in the next day or 2. If I am not to nervous I will try snapping a photo.

    Renato,
    When I started they only allowed the best truck drivers they could find to drive the road. Not to mention they also assigned mentors to show us the ropes.
    So it was not that dangerous.
    However things have changed and they have lowered our wage. So several experienced drivers have quit, and they have hired several people right out of driving school.
    So there have been several incidences, including two rolled over fuel trucks.
    That is one of the many reasons why I doubt that I will return to drive next year.

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    Re: cell phone photos from a Canadian Ice Road

    Due to another Blizzard the winter road got closed again, and I happen to be in Yellowknife this time.
    Rather than just hanging out with over 200 miserable truckers I chose to head down to the ice castle. Although it was closed I did snap a few photos from the outside.

    again sorry if they rotate themselves.

    I guess this is a Surfin Bird.
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    Re: cell phone photos from a Canadian Ice Road

    I understand that they used to allow people to build floating homes at one time. I love the looks of this one.
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    When 4wd just isn't enough.
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