October 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm #1153
I think I told you all I watch a lot of The Learning Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, NG Channel, etc., (well, mostly I save up the shows and watch them when I can)…I’ve been hooked on History Channel- Ice Road Truckers on Sunday night even more than Desperate Housewives. This is the first season I caught it but it’s been on for four seasons.
Now you may think how boring watching truckers. Not so! These folks drive the Alaskan Highway in the winter time, 250 or so miles one way to deliver pipe, fuel, food, heavy haul everything, etc., over huge mountains on snow up to your you know what – to northern Alaska – for the folks working on the pipe line and such.
Last Sunday was season finale of IRT but they started a new spin off – the spin off is called IRT: Deadliest Roads (because some of the folks from Alaska’s show) went to India to drive their roads. So here’s why I’m sharing this with you because I know most of you ladies like me would go how boring, or bleah….but – here’s the catch on the new show –
Now if an Ice Road Trucker with 35 years of hauling experience on the most dangerous mountain roads in the middle of winter quits after about 6 hours hauling in India – because of the roads and the traffice (he didn’t even make it to their mountain roads – barely got out of town…oh, and did I mention, the trucks in India are wood frame, not steel frame? You gotta watch it, it’s a rollacoaster from beginning to end! (read some of the comments after you watch the promo below).October 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm #16808BonbonParticipant
that many of their "situations" are staged. If they are going to tout it as a reality show, they shouldn’t be setting up "accidents" just for the drama. I fear they may be doing the same thing (although I know they have some horrendous roads over there) with the Most Dangerous Roads.
The trucker that revealed their "secrets" has made me leary of some of these other reality shows now. I’m wondering just how much of what they are showing us is real and how much is fiction.October 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm #16809
shows up to and including the actual news broadcasts, as the old saying "…if it bleeds, it leads" (in the headlines). You know, living in Florida, as a state has a reputation for crazy driving also with the tourists and such. But I live in a town that in population is 2nd to India in East Indians and we, (non-transplants) are always complaining about how EI’s drive here and cause the most accidents statistically, (with no insurance, the stop signs are just pretty baubles on the road, passing on the right, and other nightmares, etc.) and now I know why after seeing a 35 year professional driving veteran refused to drive over there, now I know why the drivers are like this on my local roads and highways…and wonder why the DMV is giving out driver’s licenses, (apparently, there is no DMV there). Makes for interesting heart palpatations just watching and looking at their roads – and you can’t fake the traffic in the show.October 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm #16810DeeLanParticipant
My husband watches IRT and has for a few seasons now. I catch bits and pieces once in a while and I don’t know if I’d venture out on those roads whether parts of it is staged or not. He did watch the new one the other night where they wre in India and I couldn’t believe the drivers there. I wonder if the roads would be as deadly if they didn’t have the idiot drivers on them.
I lived in Chicago and we had our share of EI drivers but not as many as it sounds like where you are. I remember one morning I was on an entrance ramp to an expressway and I was sitting still. Traffic wasn’t moving and suddenly I got rear ended. I jumped out and an East Indian man gets out of his car apologizing "I didn’t know, I didn’t know" Didn’t know WHAT? That I was ahead of you? That traffic wasn’t moving? That I was stopped? That this was an entrance ramp and you needed to slow down? WHAT DIDN’T YOU KNOW AND IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW MAYBE YOU SHOULDN’T BE DRIVING. I was furious.October 6, 2010 at 7:07 pm #16812
that is what we have here…and it’s scary, I don’t blame the guy for quitting after a few hours on the roads there at all…maybe I’m just more hyper-sensitive to bad drivers because of my situation and know what a moment of stupidity on someones part can change a life forever. All I know is watching that show makes me sweat and my keister tighten up…LOL!October 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm #16811
that is what we have here…and it’s scary, I don’t blame the guy for quitting after a few hours on the roads there at all…maybe I’m just more hyper-sensitive to bad drivers because of my situation and know what a moment of stupidity on someones part can change a life forever. All I know is watching that show makes me sweat and my keister tighten up…LOL!
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