Alaska Highway Dreams

If only we were on the road again

Driving the Alaska Highway

This is Kluane Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada, when we were coming back from our long 6 week trip to the states in 2012.  Memories!

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Rest in Peace Jack McCahan

Jack and I were so sad to hear about the passing of Jack McCahan.  Jack “Cactus Jack” McCahan was a hard-working trucker with a great sense of humor.  Jack says he told fantastic stories and would always win in a battle to keep a straight face.  He told the best jokes.  He was simply a joy to be around.  Everybody loved Jack.  Everybody loves Jack.  It doesn’t change just because he is gone.  He will be in our thoughts and so…still on the road…with us…

Even though it is a sad day for all the drivers on the Dalton, and everyone else who loved and knew Jack, enjoy your Thanksgiving especially if you get to spend it with your loved ones.  And to all the truckers who are on the road instead of being home with their families, thank you for towing the line.

Our deepest sympathies to Jack McCahan’s family.

Dalton Highway

Head-on Collision on the Dalton

As some of you have heard, there was a terrible accident on the Dalton Highway recently.  Two trucks were in a head-on collision about 75 miles from Prudhoe Bay back in October.  Jack arrived on the scene about an hour after it happened so he was able to document it for his bosses.  We’re sharing the photos with you but please keep Jack McCahan in your thoughts as he is in serious condition still even after over a month.

Apparently Jack McCahan was able to crawl out of the burning wreck only a short time before it was engulfed in flames.  Photos below show the burnt truck.  It doesn’t even look like a truck anymore.  Very scary.

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Have a great Thanksgiving everyone and please always drive safely, whether you are a trucker or not.

The Donjek River Bridge, Canada

Some memories are dictated much by the weather.  Storms, wind, rain, and very often, sun.  Sometimes the sun falls just right, and the breeze is peaceful, and you’re in a good place. It might so happen that it’s 40 below, but some things can’t be helped.

This is my single favorite photo of Jack. It is November 2006.  His face is a little stiff from the cold but the afternoon setting sun shows how much he enjoys this crazy job of taking big things to faraway places.

Jack Jessee

In this case he gets to bring bridge beams to the Donjek River in Yukon Territory, Canada.

Jack JesseeThe old bridge is behind Jack.

Bridge Beam

Jack actually helped haul the bridge beams in the summer and is now (November 2006) back in the winter to pick them up again and bring them down to the crane on the ice.

Bridge Beam

 There are two cranes used to pick up the bridge beam.  The yellow piece that is at the right in the photo above is hanging from the other crane which is behind the person taking the photo (Jack).

Semi-truck

The trucks are awaiting another bridge beam to load.

Semi-truck with trailerThis is the dolly used to haul the bridge beams.

Jack JesseeJack is wearing a face mask, but no gloves!  No figure.

Bridge The arrow is pointing to the bridge beams already placed where they will forever stay.

bridge building

bridge building  Below is a Google Earth image of the Donjek River.  You can see the new bridge and the old road leading up to the river but the old bridge has been dismantled and removed.

Donjek River

Have a great day!