A few months after Jack helped haul bridge beams to the Donjek River Bridge in Canada, he went back to haul the beams from the staging area off the road onto the ice where they were constructing the bridge. (Best viewed if you click on the first one and scroll to the right.) See captions for more info.
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.
In this case he gets to bring bridge beams to the Donjek River in Yukon Territory, Canada.
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.
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).
The trucks are awaiting another bridge beam to load.
Have a great day!
Here are some miscellaneous photos that Jack took a couple of years back at a marine dock in Valdez. He was there in May of 2012, hauling items for the railroad bridge that’s now finished (although there aren’t tracks leading to or away from it).
The above piece is part of the hammer used to drive pilings into the ground. For bridge foundations in this case.
This is used to put pipe on so it can roll while being welded together.
The large circular device in back should be for the large pipe in the far background.
I must say this marine yard is a tad more attractive than most, surrounded by beautiful mountains and all!
Have a wonderful day and thanks to those of you who follow this blog and make comments. 🙂
Jack and I recommend a visit to Deadwood, South Dakota. Especially if the sun is shining!
This statue is of Wild Bill Hickok, the most famous Old West character associated with Deadwood.
If we remember correctly from reading about the history of Deadwood, this creek at one time flooded the town and is now specially engineered to flow through and under the town.
This is Adams Museum, a beautiful building with 3 levels packed full of interesting items from Deadwood’s past. Here are some highlights:
And here is another striking statue, this one of a Cowboy on a bucking horse.
The signs on the main street of Deadwood are really fabulous!
We wish we could have spent time in each of these places. But we have to say that the Deadwood Social Club Restaurant is terrific…they make their own blue cheese dressing and it is more than worth the walk up those stairs!
We happened upon a darn fine Wild Bill impersonator.
And then ran into a fan of Jack’s, Ed, running the parking garage.
Thanks Deadwood for showing us such a fun time!
Taking photos from the truck is tough, but possible, as we have discovered.
The back of this truck looked quite fabulous reflecting the sunset.
Driving out of the sunset, surrounded by trucks.
The trucker didn’t know that this piece of wood was near to falling off the rear of his truck. It must have worked its way out of the load. Jack tried to tell him on the radio but wasn’t able to find the right channel and soon we were passed him.
This dump truck was losing it’s load, spraying gravel all over the road. (The coffee cups look like they are floating but it’s just the reflection of them sitting on the dash.)
Trucks pass under these wildlife corridors in Canada with plenty of room to spare.
And Jack, enjoying the setting sun, driving south.
Here are some photos of the job Jack is presently working on, hauling huge pipe sections from the port of Valdez to Salcha where there is a railroad bridge being built across the Tanana River.
Empty trailers, waiting for the pipe.
This is a photo from an earlier post: the trucks loaded with 2 lengths of pipe each, and more pipe in the background that still needed to be loaded and hauled to Salcha. Each section is 6 feet in diameter and 43 feet long. That stack has been transported by now but more has arrived from other barges.
Eight inch wood dunnage cradling the pipe. It gives space for the forks to pick it up and set it down, and the pipe chalks (upper wood pieces) stop it from rolling until they get it tied down. Each piece of pipe is 25,000 pounds.
The trucks have to stop at quite a few roadwork sites along the Richardson Highway. This is in the canyon just north of Valdez.
A couple of days ago Jack was held up at some roadwork for almost 2 hours. Since the Richardson is one of only a couple of major highways in Alaska, there must have been a line of ticked-off tourists 10 miles long!
Anyone interested in more information about this bridge project can go to this link: State of Alaska webpage.
This month Jack has been hauling huge pipe sections to Salcha, a small community about 35 miles from Fairbanks. The State of Alaska is building a railroad bridge across the Tanana River in Salcha and these pieces are probably going to be standing supports with concrete poured inside. Each driver manages to haul two sections a day, you can see them loaded here. In back of the trucks and in front of the shipping containers there are stacks of more pipe that need to be hauled to Salcha, so Jack won’t be off this project for a while to come. Yes, work means a paycheck, but ending up with one a a half days off a week is hard when you’ve got a home you want to take care of, and knowing there are only 3 months of summer in Fairbanks.