|Somewhere on the road
|Although traveling with dogs can be frustrating, it also means lots more
breaks - a good thing for getting the blood flowing in man and dog alike.
Our travel companion, Bob, is pictured here with Stella and Butterball.
Any guesses which dog is which?
Having driven this road once, and not being terribly excited
to drive it again, we are all in awe of the drivers that make
their living navigating up and down it for several months
each year. We definitely encountered more than one spot
whose navigability for large trucks defied our imaginations.
|Slight ground blizzard kicked up by one of the many semi trucks we met.
Mackenzie River ferry in dry dock
|Crossing the Mackenzie River ice road
|The Subaru that made it nearly 3,000 miles (one
way!), but almost got foiled by a massive pothole.
|Bob Polfus, the father of our friend, who
bravely drove two dogs from northern Wisconsin
to Montana, where we joined the journey.
|At this point, we were still SO FAR away. 240+ kilometers,
at only 30-35 mph takes a really really really long time.
|Even the dogs were ready for a long break by the last day.
|This is a fairly accurate portrayal of the video game/roller
coaster ride sensation Jerod said he got driving the winter road.
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