Maybe it’s because it is getting awfully close to 100 degrees in Texas.
Maybe it’s because of the 40 days of rain.
Whatever the reason, my family and I are hooked on Ice Road Truckers on The History Channel.
It is a mini-series documenting the annual rush to get supplies up to the DeBeers Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories of Canada over several frozen lakes. The truckers have a few scant weeks to get the needed manufacturing and living supplies across the ice road, built on top of several frozen lakes and tundra with a healthy portion of man-made engineering. The story is told mostly through the experiences of a few truckers: Hugh, who holds the record for most loads; Rick, who is doing this for the second year and works for Hugh, but covets his record; Drew, a rookie on Hugh’s crew; Alex, who has about 100 kids and has been doing the ice road the longest; TJ, a rookie; and Jay, a local (from Yellowknife where the road starts) who has been doing this since he was 18.
The pay is high, the risks are high and the conditions suck. Plus the more loads you move, the more you get paid, and there are, of course, bragging rights. So lots of sleep deprivation. What else do you need for a summer blockbuster hit?
And I’m willing to bet they bring this back next year; the series has garnered a lot of interest so I’m sure a lot of dry weather truckers are going to be heading up to Yellowknife this coming winter, certain that they can drive on the ice, thinking that it’s no big deal. All you need is a truck, a tuque and a map of Canada, ay?
Sundays at 10pm Eastern on The History Channel. Updates posted in the Comments below.