Truck waves on the Dalton

Talk about poor road conditions!  This was about a week ago, before the road closure.  Jack has been told the road will be open tomorrow so he is on his way up.  So sorry to all those who’ve been stuck on the non-home side.

Trucks in this video are going really slow as there’s a layer of glare ice underneath them.  At the end you can see a wave that’s being created by moving trucks.

(Don’t forget you can change the resolution on a YouTube video if it looks blurry, “settings” in the lower right hand corner.)

Not Canada-Bound At This Time

Hello Everyone – It looks like Jack is not going to be on the next season of Ice Road Truckers.  Who knows what the future holds, but for now it doesn’t look like he is involved in filming in Canada for next season  .  We’ll keep posting though, so stay tuned!

Jack Jessee

Here is Jack a few weeks ago packing down snow so I can get out of our driveway the next morning.  It was really coming down!

(Just so you know, one of the pleasures of living in Alaska is seeing the landscape after a heavy snow…beautiful!)  Snow on the Trees in the Sunset

 

On the Hook!

No, not us!!  This truck here:

A strange way to drive down the highway, with an 18-wheeler facing you.

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This is the last bit of great scenery we saw in Alaska, before crossing into Canada.

The Tanana River.

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More to come!

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Dirty Truck!

Hello again, sorry it’s been so long since we’ve posted.  Life has been hectic.  You would think that it would slow down a bit if you aren’t working, but that just means more things need to get done…!

Since Jack is taking some time off (he still works for Carlile) he had to clean out 2019 so it can be used by other drivers while he’s gone.

While I was helping him remove his stuff, I noticed that there was a lot of dirt on this truck and I felt the need to document this. 🙂

I hope you enjoy this gallery of dirty truck photos:

Thanks for looking and have a great Labor Day!

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Why are the Wheelbases of Alaskan Trucks so long?

Someone asked a question on Facebook about why the wheelbases of big rigs in Alaska are so long.  Jack says they are so long in order to fit extra long loads.

Here is a photo of the long wheelbase being utilized:

Down in the states, the wheelbase would be much shorter on most trucks.  In other words, the wheels would be much closer to the body of the truck and this sized pipe would result in more rear overhang, thus needing more permits and a more complicated set up.  So to avoid that, the wheelbase has been lengthened, since these kinds of loads are commonplace in Alaska.

Since Jack has a long wheel base he can haul another trailer behind this one, as seen here:

This is the second trailer – it has a load of sheet pile (sheets of metal that are driven into the ground and used for road construction or for bridge construction).

(In the first photo you can see part of the second trailer but it’s hard to make out because there is another trailer of pipe behind it.  In the second photo I erased the pipe behind so you can see the load on the second trailer better.)

Here are a few more photos of the Salcha-Valdez pipe haul.

The last piece of pipe being loaded!

Jack is so happy to be on his LAST VALDEZ RUN so he can get back on the Dalton!!

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