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Ice Road Tiki



OK, so, you're probably wondering why this post starts out with a picture of the ass-end of a car. We will tell you.



One of the cool and kooky things we did on this trip was visit some hellishly remote areas of Alaska - areas that Mr. Tikistitch couldn't reach on his student budget the last time he visited the state. Alaska is not a place for nervous fliers (ie, like tiki). We think the statistic is one out of every 71 people there actually owns their own plane.



Small planes (and we mean, puddle jumpers) are pretty much the way you get from here to there in a place like Bettles.



And we don't just mean to kooky remote tourist vistas, nor to hunting spots, we mean, if you want coffee, you gotta fly it in. If you want ice cream, you gotta fly it in. If you want fresh orange juice ... well, you know.



(The lodge owner, Annie, also grows some fresh vegetables in her "greenhouse." But that's another story. We can report arctic tomatoes are delish.)

Anyways, we were kinda curious, since most everybody seemed to have a car of some kind. Which, didn't seem to fit on a little Piper or Cessna. Unless maybe you had some MIT students to disassemble it?



When we inquired about this, the locals told us, in thick Alaska accents, "Well, there's the Ice Roooooad."

I perked up. "ZOMG, you mean like Ice Road Truckers, the greatest TV show in the history of the universe????"

"Ayup."



In case you are unaware of this show (to which we inquire, WTF????), basically, a few months a year, a river freezes over. And, some madmen driver guys take their 18 wheelers up and down. Like it's a road. Which, it really isn't. It's a fucking frozen over river.

So, all the beat up little Hondas and Toyotas and Chevies you see in Bettles and suchlike areas? With the freaky out of state plates and years out of date tabs? They all got driven up the ice road, dudes!!! In the middle of the freaking Arctic winter!!

Alaska = teh awesome.

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