Spending the night in an empty lodge wasn't actually that bad. It was quiet and somewhat relaxing.
It was pouring down rain like there was no tomorrow. We went upstairs to eat. I had sausage and eggs.
We had to let the dogs out, but the parking lot was a big skating rink, especially with rain. Wet ice is the worst. So we drove up the highway about 3km to a roadside turnout. It was a bit better, not by much.
We took all the dogs out, fed them and let them stretch. By the time they were done eating they were soaking wet. Hopefully they dry off before the temperature drops.
We had to go back to the Northern Rockies Lodge for fuel. That was a challenge. The fuel pumps were on a hill and the truck and trailer were just sliding down the hill. Good thing uncle terry was driving, he knew what to do.
We went into the lodge for a quick pee and to change into dry clothes. We were talking to the owner and he said to me "I saw you on tv not too long ago". Awesome. So we each got a free hat!
We hit the road again. Heading to Watson Lake. It's pouring rain still and we saw our first buffalo!
The roads are so icy. We have come across 3 semis in the ditch so far.
About 166km from Watson lake we had chain up. We got about 6km and got a flat tire. Uncle Terry went out to check it and left the truck in gear. So i quickly jumped over and hit the breaks and stuck it in park!
We stopped about another 2km down the road to a turnout to check the chains and let the dogs out for a quick pee. We have been on this highway (moving and stopped) for 5 hours and have only seen 2 gravel trucks! One of which was in the ditch.
Another 40km and we had to stop to take off the chains. They kept going sideways and the bungee cord were breaking.
After another 5km we stopped to help Steve and Becky. They are a couple who followed us from Muncho Lake. They are headed to Fairbanks with a race car for a sprint race. They don't have any chains and their trailer tires keep going low or flat. So we stopped on the side to pump up their tires! Only 100km to Watson lake and we have been on the road for 7 hours.
Finally in Watson lake after 9 hours of travelling. We stopped at a 5 star cabin for the night. And by 5 star I mean a mouldy shower, leaky toilet, and a heater that worked when it wanted to.
We ate at a small restaurant, or truckers stop... I had a chicken superb burger. I didn't read what was on it, so you can imagine what my reaction was when I noticed the crab on top of my chicken.
We let the dogs out before bed for a couple hours so they could play, stretch and relax outside.
I used a pay phone for the first time. I called my mommy!
Bedtime for the ice road mushers