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Old 06-16-2009, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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They have crosses all over Montana to show where people died from speeding and drinking, a lot of them!
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Rhode Island
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They have crosses all over Montana to show where people died from speeding and drinking, a lot of them!
I first started noticing the crosses in the early '90s when I was driving HWY 89 in Montana.

Now they're commonplace herre in RI. You see them on the sides of freeways as well as side roads. There's one on the road down the street from where I live where a man missed the turn into his driveway, went past the stop sign to the "T" intersection next to his house and hit a tree.

There's another one on the road leading to town. I'll be going by it later on today when I walk to town.

A third one by the apple orchards a few miles away in the next town. A car full of teenagers were speeding down the hill and hit a tree.

They're all kept up and decorated with photos, stuffed animals, balloons, etc.

Of course a few years ago we had a tragic nightclub fire in the state and when they bulldozed the building, the families put up 100 crosses on the site, as a memorial, now all decorated. They're still sorting out the legal mess as to the where the final permanent memorials will be, depending on the outcome of the hundreds of lawsuits.
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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There are a hundred of those monuments on the drive from Anchorage to the peninsula as well. Not sure if it has any effect on the drivers that see them.
We drove the Dalton in August and it was beautiful. The road was in fine shape, we saw every critter imaginable, and the scenery north of the mountains in August is brilliant with fall colors.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:48 PM
 
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My husband has driven it one time, he is a truck driver. He usually drives from Anchorage to Fairbanks but they needed someone to do the Haul Road and he got the short straw that day. He said it isn't quite as bad as they show. He still can't figure out how they made some of the hills look as steep as they do. I believe there is a portion at the very very end of the Haul Road that you do drive on actual frozen water.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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I drove it in August and there is no water to drive on. If you go across the fields in winter you can drive on some of the ice roads. But they are quite level and at 30 or 40 below traction is actually pretty good. Come March and the sun hitting the ice, they get way slick.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:03 PM
 
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ok, so today i took a van-load of tourists to the arctic circle and they made me think of this post because this one lady kept saying "...on ice road truckers!" She was a nice lady, but just really into the show. I should do a show called "extreme avalanche arctic tour van! (in HD)"
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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So Ice Road Truckers is BS a little?

I still love the show! what show in todays time doesn't BS a little??
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:10 PM
 
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driving a van for 14 hours IS TOUGHER IN ALASKA!
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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So Ice Road Truckers is BS a little?

I still love the show! what show in todays time doesn't BS a little??
It is probabely just a bit "dramatized", that's the word for it...
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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Hubby worked for Carlile until this spring, drove the road twice, but was earlier in the seasan when he drove it....I don't get this big Canadian aspect...then there is Carlile Barbie, guess had to fight back with some kind of Barbie, and she never wore her hard hat, cleats, or other safety equipment when outside the truck that I've seen...Just a litta' drama....
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