There’s a section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline north of Fairbanks that is threatened by thawing permafrost, and steps are being taken to prevent or mitigate damage. Jack says the work is not visible from the Dalton. We’ll provide photos in the future if they become available, but for now here are some of the thermosyphons that are used to keep the permafrost cold under the pipeline, photos taken by us several years ago at about 26 Mile Dalton.
The below image is from Inside Climate News, Arthur Chapman via Flickr Creative Commons.
Truck drivers stop at this roadside spring to clean their lights. Most of them use a bucket with a brush but Jack recently got a battery powered pressure washer (not pictured here because we’re camping, not trucking). Some of them use it for drinking water also even though there’s a sign that says it hasn’t been deemed potable. It tastes great! We stopped here in 2020 on our way up north to go “camping with guns” as Jack calls it when he doesn’t get a moose. 🙂
So sorry we haven’t posted in so long! We’re going to try to change that but here is a video from yesterday on the road. The driver said something about his engine over heating, possibly because of a fan malfunctioning.
Happy 2020! Jack has been seeing very cold temperatures up on the Dalton. It’s been as cold as 40 below around Fairbanks but closer to 60 below up north. Here are some photos from the recent weeks. Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and has a terrific 2020!
Jack participated in the Joy Wiebe Memorial Truck Convoy last Saturday that started at the Colville yard (Joy worked for Colville) on Van Horn Way and ended in Fox for a gathering. There are 4 videos here with the 1st, 2nd and 4th being sped up versions of the convoy, as viewed from the dash cam in Jack’s truck. The 3rd video in the sequence is “Joy’s Last Call” and comments from truckers over the radio, then the convoy goes by the pipeline viewing station where many onlookers are gathered and Jack lays on the horn like he was told to do. There were 70-80 trucks in the convoy.
Below are the videos of the Memorial “Joy Ride” and here are a few photos Jack took of the procession and gathering. If you aren’t interested in the sped up versions of the convoy and just want to see the real time comments on the radio just watch video #3.
We are sad beyond words to learn of the death of Joy Wiebe. She was a beautiful vibrant soul who brought cheer to the lives of many a trucker on the Dalton Highway. Jack considered her a good friend, not just a fellow trucker. Many an afternoon or evening was whiled away on the road in conversation about this or that, always a positive experience with Joy who improved the mood of each day and situation she was in. Full of energy, always wanting to be a better person, the world lost an asset the day she died.
I was able to meet Joy in Coldfoot about 2 months ago. I liked her immediately. Her smile and attitude were kind and open. She was a humble person, small of stature but strong and able and energetic. She touched my life for only a couple of minutes yet I find myself crying for a person I barely knew. Why Joy had to go and why her family has to now be overcome by grief and the question of how they can go on, we’ll never know. We can only feel deep sadness and pain at a world without her.
Jack and I send our deepest sympathies to the family of Joy Wiebe. We cannot imagine their grief. We want them to know that this trucker, as well as so many others, thought the world of Joy. She was a shining beam of light on a dark night, on the Haul Road. She was a Joy.