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January 31, 2013 / Andee Frizzell

Day Three

ice roadSheridan Wyoming to Sioux Falls South Dakota

I woke this morning to discover that the I90 highway had become an ice rink; literally, a road of solid ice. The only thing missing was the blue line and smell of Tim Horton’s coffee sipped by a gaggle of hockey moms.

When I turned fifteen, I was living in Yellowkinfe, NWT. My mom, like all parents of teenage soon-to-be drivers, took me to practice driving on the Dettah ice road. When the Mackenzie River freezes in the winter, snow plows remove a strip of snow, making an ice road that links Dettah and Yellowknife together. Parents drag their teens down to the ice road and teach them to drive as there is nothing to smash into except the snow banks lining the road. Any Canadians reading this remember bumper hitching? Or truck tubing? The ice road was perfect for that.

The point I’m making is that I learned to drive on an ice road. Ice doesn’t scare me. What does scare me is steep, ice coated hills with hair pin turns at the bottom and ice road truckers that seem impervious to ‘weather’ that fly by you at 160miles an hour in a flurry of snow blocking your ability to see ANYTHING!! The only danger I had when learning to drive on ice was while practicing parallel parking, not to run over my mom’s toes as she stood in as vehicle number two.

Today was a long, long day. So how does one entertain themselves, alone, trapped in a vehicle for twelve hours while crawling across America in the winter? Games!

1. Upper Body Callanetics consisting of shoulder rolls, forward and backwards, fist air pumping, alternate arms and finger snapping, lots and lots of finger snapping.

2. Country-fi Your Itunes. This game consists of playing random songs from your Itunes and signing the lyrics with a southern drawl and adding in HeeHaws and the like. Suggested artists to country-fi; Brittney Spears, 80’s Bad Boy Band Ballads and Perry Como.

3. Smile and Wave to the Passengers in vehicles passing you. This game gets the best results when you are wearing a toque and ski goggles.

Things I learnt on The Road today.

1. Last night’s Pringles make an excellent breakfast.

2. Ice can come in four colours; blue, grey, white and muddy brown. Kind of like the sweaters from the Gap.

3.  Next road trip download audio book series.

Till tomorrow…

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  1. Patricia Stewart-Bertrand / Feb 2 2013 2:24 am

    Definitely audio books for road trips, especially when you are driving alone. How many miles are you averaging?

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