Ice Road Truckers – The Final Episode
I’m not sure what it was about this short (10 episode) series that entertained my family. It could have been any combination of:
- a locale, the Northwest Territories, that most of us have never or will never see;
- the characters;
- the competition (the dash for the cash);
- the difficulty in driving over ice while freezing your butt off.
And, yes, as I predicted (and anyone could tell), they advertised Season 2 at the end of the show. Because of it’s notoriety, there will be quite a few more rookies on the ice next year, giving the History Channel more wrecks and more trauma, no doubt.
Of the 800 truckers that started, only 125 finished, including Hugh, Alex, TJ and Jay whom the story followed. The goal for the season was 10,000 loads, they made 10,922 loads in 72 days.
In the final episode:
- if the trucks get stuck at one of the mines when the season and the ice road closes, they have to pay to have their truck flown back in a Hercules transport;
- Hugh gets in a wreck, has to go get one of the trucks that Rick or Drew abandoned to make his last load;
- the shots from the air at the end of the roads melting back into the lake were pretty surreal.
Hugh wins the dash for the cash
Hugh – 722 – $58,400 – 37 loads
Alex – 648 – $57,000 – 36 loads
Jay – 542 – $57,500 – 35 loads
TJ – 363 – $37,000 – 23 loads
Rick – 374 – $28,000 – 18 loads
Drew – 220 – $19,000 – 13 loads