Thirteen Reasons I Love Ice Road Truckers


Most of you all know about my obsession with The Deadliest Catch on The Discovery Channel. Well, this year, The History Channel put out a show that rivals The Catch. It took a few episodes for me to fall in love with it and given the choice, crab fishing would STILL be my favorite, but I admire the hell out of these guys.

Thirteen Reasons I Love ICE ROAD TRUCKERS

1. It’s another “Deadliest Job”
The courage it takes to take a big rig truck and drive over a frozen lake astounds me. In some of the episodes, you could hear the cracking of the ice as the men drove over it. And the loads they had to carry!!!! Absolutely amazing.

2. ALEX
He’s my favorite with his eleven kids and big, booming laugh. LOVE him.

3. JAY
What a sweetie and his little baby is adorable. Plus, he’s GOOD at driving the ice roads.

4. TJ
It’s almost like he grew up in front of the cameras. It was cool to see him really stretch himself on the Ice Roads.

5. HUGH
Yeah, this cussing, abrasive jerk is actually entertaining to watch. It doesn’t surprise me that only one of the four drivers he had running the ice roads was left by the end. He’d drive me to go home too.

6. The Elements
A lake of frozen water with roads on it. Who came up with this idea? You’ll hear How Cold it is
on the show a lot. It’s amazing that those drivers are able to do ANYTHING.

7. The Photography
Some of the ways the cameramen were able to pull this show off is pretty amazing. There’s a video on The Shots they got.

8. The Dash For The Cash
It’s all about the load count
Just like on The Deadliest Catch, it’s all about the amount of crab caught. These guys are risking their lives for a good chunk of change.

9. The Setting
This is a wilderness part of Canada and it’s beautiful in its own way

10. Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend
The section of ice roads that the show focuses on is the one that services three diamond mines. They’re inaccessible the rest of the year and have to get ALL their supplies in the 90 days that the lakes are frozen over.

11. The Kids Love It
My kids adore the trucks and the ice roads. They let me watch this one and we all watch it as a family.

12. The Drama
No one was more surprised than I was at the end of the season to see which of the six drivers was still standing. If I’d have taken bets, I’d have lost.

13. The History
There are people out there every day that do jobs just like this. They risk their lives to get coal, catch fish, or supply diamond mines in Canada. It’s just nice to give them their due.

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22 responses to “Thirteen Reasons I Love Ice Road Truckers

  1. Babe King

    Truckers scare the pants off me. I’ve seent the aftermath of too many moments of lost concentration- not pretty.

  2. Lia

    My husband and I love this show, too. So glad my Dad wasn’t that kind of truck driver.

  3. Kris Yankee

    Wow – I’ve never watched this show, but it sounds really good. Will have to TIVO it!

  4. Jennifer Shirk

    Oooh, driving around ice is scary in itself, let alone in a huge truck. Eeek. You couldn’t pay me enough to do that kind of job.

    Sounds interesting to watch, though. 🙂

  5. Ember Case

    I’ve never seen this! Sounds great though.

  6. Tempest Knight

    Oh, I saw a show about them, and I was amazed at what they have to go through. True scary! I admire them for going on those treacherous roads.

  7. Gina Ardito

    Hmmm…another show I’ll have to check out!

  8. Jennifer McK

    Just some of the videos they have on the website scare me. *shudders*

  9. Elle Fredrix

    Big trucks on any icy lake?? Yikes. I don’t like driving on ice when it’s on the road!

    This sounds like a great show. I’ll have to check it out, and pass the word.

  10. Debbie Mumford

    My husband LOVES that show!

  11. Ciar Cullen

    That show scares me, honestly. I go to “Dirtiest Jobs” instead, cause I know he’ll never get hurt.

  12. Jennifer McK

    LOL Ciar!!!! Dirty Jobs is an awesome show too.

  13. Savannah Chase

    I have not seen the show considering that I havent watched tv in oh 3-4 months….It does sound like a good show….

    I can say driving a truck is a very hard job…Mentaly and physicaly it is stressful…..

  14. Ava Rose Johnson

    This sounds really cool. You make Ice Road Truckers sound awesome, lol

  15. Paige Tyler

    LOL! I’ve never even heard of that show!

    *hugs*
    Paige

  16. Sandra Ferguson

    Is this not the greatest show?

    My hubby is an over-the-road trucker and I live (or have for the past 16 years) with all the wifely fears for a man that’s gone OTR. He loves watching the show. And it’s great when he does; he gets to explain all the little details I don’t understand about trucks and such.

    Hello, fellow WRP author. Great cover, BTW.

  17. Amelia June

    Ooh, I always worry for these guys when I watch the shows. Such a scary job!

  18. Nancy

    We just discovered this show. And, watched, like, four hours of it the other night. I liked the kid who took those heavy, bulky loads.

    Crazy stuff driving on ice like that.

  19. Heather

    Definitely a scary job that requires skill and bravery!

  20. Jennifer McK

    I felt the same way about “Deadliest Catch” Sandra. My husband gave me all the little details that really added to the show for me. He used to be a drag fisherman.
    And “Heart Of The Storm” is based on a story he told me from his fishing days.

  21. Robin L. Rotham

    OMG, I’d have taken a 2×4 to Hugh’s head by the end of the season. Of course, Rick was a sore loser, too. I was really bummed when Hugh nudged out Alex.

    Hey, we MUST be long-lost sisters! 😀

  22. Jennifer McK

    LOL Robin. I was sorry to see Hugh edge out Alex too.
    And your story about your mom convinced me we are sisters.

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