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Qwerty, where all do you drive. Perhaps not this year, but I'd like to meet you. I was laughing pretty hard at the title. Took a few minuts to type this. Thanks.
 

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You be funny... can't wait to see where this one goes... we are in the basement after all.
 

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I drive everywhere, Canada to Mexico, Maine to Florida, California to Washington. I'm thinking about changing companies in the fall and heading to the Territories on the ice roads for the winter. Life is boring and depressing and I'm tired of it. I've heard freezing to death or drowning under ice are not bad ways to go, actually.
 

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I'm not so sure ice road trucking is as exciting as it is shown on TV, definitely an adventure. I've heard the same about freezing to death... winter in the north is tough on folks.
 

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hypothermia is not fun ! i had it one time,sartecs had to do cpr on me to keep me alive after finding me in the woods. i was stuck in the woods overnight with freezing rain and snow.can't stand the cold ever since!
 

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I'm not so sure ice road trucking is as exciting as it is shown on TV, definitely an adventure. I've heard the same about freezing to death... winter in the north is tough on folks.
Watched that show for the first couple of seasons....it got tired. Driving for bucks can be an adventure however. After "retiring"{never will really retire until they plant my butt in the turf} from my Environmental Health gig after 20 years, I got my CDL, and in addition to umpire work in the Spring and Summer, I took up delivering Motor Homes out of Nappanee, Indiana, for Hoosier Transit....mostly Gulf Stream RVs from 20 to 48'...some of them were sweet rides, some junk...but I had a great 5+ year run before the bottom fell out of the Market, due to higher gas/diesel prices in 2008...so I picked up Basketball and Football officiating for something else to do with my time.

Thing with the RV runs, you didn't make a lot of bucks, I usually cleared maybe $100 a day, but being paid upfront, you could write off meals, return trips, overnights, etc, on your taxes....for an old semi retired fart, or some young guy{or females} with no strings attached, it was a great gig....and it is making a comeback these days. I especially enjoyed the deliveries to south Florida and Las Vegas during the cold weather months....:cool: Paid Mini Vacations:

Route 66 #1.JPG Favorite Stops were always the Casinos...lol Here I was with a small Gulf Stream Diesel back in 2007 at the Route 66 Casino outside the Big A in New Mexico on I-40....Think I delivered this one to Vegas, and probably didn't clear a damn dime...but I had fun not making a profit on this and other trips:rolleyes:
 
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I don't have a TV so know nothing of the show. I have friends and family who have been driving the ice roads for years who can get me on with a good company. I can live with the cold.
 

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Living here in the cold or frozen NE for 8 months of every year gives me no desire to head much further north than I am except during summer. I deal with cold by making heat most of every year but I sure do love my ice fishing. My pop up shanty has a nice little heater.

I would do deliveries like the RV gig Hoot did but in all honesty I would not get out of bed for $100/ day. A buddy drives a chase or front vehicle for oversized loads on the highways and that gig pays pretty good. The guy driving the wide load does real well.

Back in the early 1970 s me and brother both had 4X4 trucks and where we lived was a valley between two mountains. When ever it snowed or got icy we could make a killing out on the main road pulling cars out of the snow banks at $20-30 each. All the real tow drivers got overwhelmed quick when literally hundreds of cars got stuck. There were plenty of days when I could earn three truck payments from a days work and all cash. I had a nice Toyota Land Cruiser with a great PTO winch from the factory and that truck was a complete blast and tough as nails. They stopped this activity in the early 80 s after a bad accident and major pile up and now they just close the road when it gets bad.

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Living here in the cold or frozen NE for 8 months of every year gives me no desire to head much further north than I am except during summer. I deal with cold by making heat most of every year but I sure do love my ice fishing. My pop up shanty has a nice little heater.

I would do deliveries like the RV gig Hoot did but in all honesty I would not get out of bed for $100/ day. A buddy drives a chase or front vehicle for oversized loads on the highways and that gig pays pretty good. The guy driving the wide load does real well.

Back in the early 1970 s me and brother both had 4X4 trucks and where we lived was a valley between two mountains. When ever it snowed or got icy we could make a killing out on the main road pulling cars out of the snow banks at $20-30 each. All the real tow drivers got overwhelmed quick when literally hundreds of cars got stuck. There were plenty of days when I could earn three truck payments from a days work and all cash. I had a nice Toyota Land Cruiser with a great PTO winch from the factory and that truck was a complete blast and tough as nails. They stopped this activity in the early 80 s after a bad accident and major pile up and now they just close the road when it gets bad.

GaryL
Wasn't for the money....it was to see the country driving to and either flying or driving back....$100 a day, especially divided by 24 hours ain't squart. Now some guys teamed up and made a living, but that was not something you would want to survive off on....but it sure was interesting....and for the most part the rigs were fun....a turkey once in a great while, but most were good, and I earned my beer, cigar, and gas money....kind of like umpiring High School sports, most weeks I clear a few hundred bucks, but then being retired from the State Health Department{PERS} and getting a bit of SS, this things, like the RV Gig, is strickly to stay busy doing something you like....:rolleyes:
 
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