WHAT THE KING DID TODAY
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KING TODAY DIAL UP PAGE -- APRIL 29 2016
WINTER ROAD -- AXLE REMOVAL -- FEB 01 2016
CURSE of REVERSE UPDATES -- JAN 30 2016
WINTER ROAD -- WHEEL HUB REPAIRS -- JAN 30 2016
PLOWING ANOTHER CAT TRAIN TRAIL -- JAN 15 2016
BUILDING MY WINTER ROAD - - DEC 31 2015
PART 2 OF BUILDING MY WINTER ROAD -- JAN 03 2016
FLOODING MY WINTER ROAD -- JAN 05 2016
FLOOD TESTING MY WINTER ROAD -- JAN 07 2016
NEW PRICES BECAUSE OF SHIPPING COSTS ON THE BOOKS
SICKLE LAKE LODGE ELEVEN YEARS LATER -- MAY 01 2014
CAT TRAIN NEWSLETTERS BOOK for sale here on the website
LIFE IN THE KINGDOM BOOK for sale here on the website
APRIL 29 2016
new front springs for the Screaming Ford, these are rated 1000lbs more then the orginal springs that i have been puting in the truck for the last 25 years. thansk
APRIL 28 2016
i ordered in the new exhaust system and front spring for the Screaming Ford which took almost a month to get due to the parts being obsolete for some reason. we traveled over the so-called road to pick up other supplies and the shippment of parts. this is the first time i have stopped to see the plane on a stick in thompson. thansk
APRIL 27 2016
the other day we went to load up the tire drag and i got my "staff" to bring the quad along to assist in the loading. i'm glad i did because on the last tow call i did not pay attention to how the winch cable was winding up on the spool. the cable got all jammed up and we had to use the quad to pull out the cable. everything worked out good due to a little planning. the tire drag was easy to load without any dramas. thansk
APRIL 26 2016
we did a little road trip yesterday to leaf rapids and back. it is hard to believe that the steel bridge runs north and south because when you drive over it you think you are traveling east to west. next we came across a truck that slid off the road in the last big snow fall we had. it will be great fun dragging this truck back up to the road and the rocks will do lots of damage. thansk
APRIL 24 2016
today it was a work day on the quads which means getting paid to have fun. the bush still has lots of snow but the quads could just make it through. then we were on the track bed checking things out and the local river is too low for this time of year with spring run off. if it gets any lower the fish will be walking, lol. thansk
APRIL 23 2016
IT WAS A FUNDAY YESTERDAY WITH AN AIRPLANE FLYING IN WITH THE DRIVER FOR THE BOMBARDIER.
NEXT I GET TO DELIVER THE DRIVER AND THE MACHINE 30 MILES FROM THE "KINGDOM" TO THE START OF THE BUSH TRAIL TO THE LODGE. THE AIRPLANE WILL ASSIST THE BOMBARDIER ON GETTING TO THE LODGE SINCE THE DRIVER HAS NEVER BEEN UP HERE AT ALL.
APRIL 22 2016
I GOT A PHONE CALL IN THE MORNING TO RUN TO THOMPAON TO PICK UP A BOMBADIER THAT WAS BEING HAULED TO NORTH. THE WHEEL FELL OFF THE TRAILER BECAUSE OF THE ROUGH ROADS AND OF COURSE THE DAMAGE WAS BEYOUND REPAIR. IT WAS A 12 HOUR ROUND TRIP AND THE SO-CALLED ROAD WAS IN GOOD SHAPE SO NO DRAMA FOR US.
APRIL 21 2016
here is an excellent picture of the Screaming Ford as we head home from the 1100kms in 3 days road trip. oh the fun we had and to think back on how crazy we were to do things for money, lol. thansk
APRIL 20 2016
THE SIGN SAY 245KM FROM THE "KINOOSAO RALLY ROAD" WHICH MEAN WE WERE 303 KMS FROM THE "KINGDOM" PLUS WE HAD 100KM TO GO TO GET TO TADOULE LAKE. THAT IS WHEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE AT THE END OF THE WORLD AND NOBODY IS COMING TO GET YOU IF YOU FAIL. THE 1100KMS IN 3DAYS WE TRAVELLED WAS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST THINGS WE HAVE EVER DONE BACK IN APRIL 2014.
APRIL 19 2016
2 years ago we did one of the toughest adventures i have every done. we left the Kingdom to run the last of the loads in to the remote communities and the rates were triple so it was worth the risk. we could not get a film crew or any one to join us because it was too dangerous. we just thought is was a normal road trip to get lots of photos and have fun. from april 19-21 2014 we did 1100kms from lynn lake to tadoule lake then over to lac brochet and back to the Kingdom. we made it look so smooth because we were prepared, the fellow writting the big cheque had tears rolling down his cheeks because he thought we would fail then he would pay nothing. my daughter was smiling big time because she drove the pink crew cab as a support vehicle and for the 3 days she got $1500.00. thansk
APRIL 18 2016
WE WENT FROM 8" OF SNOW ON FRIDAY TO +16C ON MONDAYWHICH MEANS WE HAD TO TAKE THE QUADS OUT FOR FUN. OF COURSE I SLIDE OFF THE TRACK BED AND HAD TO USE THE WINCH TO GET THE MACHINE BACK ON THE TRACK BED. THE CAMERA DOES NOT SHOW HOW STEEP IT REALLY IS.
APRIL 17 2016
WE HAD OUR FIRST WARM DAY YESTERDAY WITH A DAY TIME HIGH OF +12C AND A LOT OF SNOW MELTED. THE "SCREAMING FORD" LOOKS OUT OF PLACE WITH THE TIRE CHAINS STILL ON FROM WHEN WE HAD LOT OF SNOW. I PUT THE TIRE CHAINS ON IN OCTOBER AND TAKE THEM OFF IN APRIL BECAUSE WE HAVE SNOW FOR THAT LONG.
APRIL 15 2016
IT WAS GREAT FUN YESTERDAY PLOWING 8" OF WET SNOW WITH THE "KOMMUNIST KAT". IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THE CAT IS 68 YEARS OLD AND WORKING HARD.
THE HARD PART WAS TRYING TO FIND THE ROAD TO PLOW DUE TO BEING SNOW BLIND.
APRIL 14 2016
it was a fun day yesterday, i got to travel 200kms round trip through 8"of wet snow. once arriving i got to work on a semi trailer which i'm glad i took my $1200.00 torque wrench to make sure the wheels are tight, lol. thansk
APRIL 13 2016
ONCE AGAIN WE ARE GETING MORE SNOW AND MORE SNOW.
APRIL 12 2016
it was a quick trip to thompson to pick up my books from the publisher and of course i loaded up on pallets and barrels for the Kingdom. thansk
APRIL 06 2016
OF COURSE I TOOK THE BUCKET OF THE LOADER AND IT SNOWED. OH WELL THIS IS NORMAL, LOL.
APRIL 05 2016
i finally took the bucket of my 922 loader in hopes that spring will be here. i find the loader is more handy using forks then a bucket for some reason. thansk
APRIL 04 2016
MY CO-STAR GERRY WOULD HAVE BEEN 75 YEARS OLD BUT NOW HE IS LOOKING DOWN AT ME FROM THE HEAVENS ABOVE.
APRIL 03 2016
just a quick picture in the Kingdom showing all the snow and there will be more to come before spring is offically here. thansk
MARCH 29 2016
i had to take some time off to do my income tax to keep revenue canada happy. today i have a quick picture of the small pile of broken springs from this years winter road season, lol. thansk
MARCH 23 2016
it was a fun day yesterday in the cold temps getting this new style cat up and running with summer fuel. the cat was last used in august and the summer fuel does not like the cold temps so i had to get lots of fuel conditioner and 911 into the system. after about an hour of pushing snow the cat was running better and would stay running. thansk
MARCH 22 2016
i used the cold morning to work on the pink crew cab with a broken front wheel hub. if i waited till the afternoon the shop floor would have been thawed out and muddy to work on, lol. thansk
MARCH 17 2016
the winter road season has kept me busy so i have not been updating as regular. i did a quick trip to thompson and only brought back a few pallets. thansk
MARCH 12 2016
i was a social butterfly doing meetings and staying clean in thompson for 2 days. but once i returned to the Kingdom i had to work late last night keeping the trucks rolling to finish up the last of the fuel haul before the winter road melts away. thansk
MARCH 09 2016
BETWEEN WINTER ROAD REPAIRS IN THE "KINGDOM" I HAD TO DO A LITTLE PLOWING WITH THE "KOMMUNIST KAT". THE 68 YEAR OLD CAT SURE IS GETTING LOTS OF WORK THIS WINTER WHICH IS A GOOD RETIREMENT PROJECT FOR THE CAT.
MARCH 05 2016
on my trip up the winter road i took a quick picture of "Ricochet Hill" which i made famous when filming with art for ice road truckers. the hill looks so boring now due to the lack of snow this winter. thansk
MARCH 03 2016
we had the film crew stop by the Kingdom but the Hollywood Gods won't let me talk about it. but they didn't say anything about a picture, lol. thansk
MARCH 01 2016
i had to do another recovery trip on the winter road. a quick trip that ended up being a 2 day trip because i had to deliver the lumber. the wheels popped off the trailer and my new trailer with the 13,000lbs winch had no problems loading it up. this is the first recovery i have done in the daylight so i can post pictures. thansk
FEB 27 2016
been busy in the Kingdom with winter road repairs and plowing snow for vehicle access to a job site. the little Kommunist Kat did another 12 hour day pushing snow which is good for a cat that is 68 years old. thansk
FEB 24 2016
got another shippment of winter road supplies from the south. the 39 chevy had no problem handle this load because 70 years ago that is how they loaded the truck in the first place. it was a simpler time back then with not as many rules, lol. thansk
FEB 23 2016
sorry for the delay on updating but when it is winter road season it is time to work. the winter road is extra rough this year and the springs that we are changing is ureal this year. my 1939 chevy is great for hauling the shippment of supplies. thansk
FEB 10 2016
i took the 68 year old Kommunist Kat out for 8 hours of plowing snow. there is lots of snow in the bush and the cat had no problems pushing it in 2nd gear. thansk
FEB 09 2016
i had made plans to do a little snow plowing with the Kommunist Kat. but the last time i was out plowing some tree branchs slide up the hood and windshield supports. the branchs had pinched the electrical cord for the block heater. when i went to bed at midnight the block heater was working. as the temperature dropped to -36c that night the cold got cold and cut the power off to the block heater. there was no way the poor little cat will start with no heat to the engine over night so i had to cancel the plans on snow plowing.i used my loader to drag the little cat to the shop so i could change out the block heater. that is one of the reasons i keep the loader in a heated shed so it will start and steer when i need it on a moments notice. thansk
FEB 08 2016
AFTER 2 DAYS OF SNOW IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH, IT SURE MADE THE ROADS FUN TO TRAVEL.
FEB 07 2016
the wobble lights work great for making it brighter then day light under the trailer when changing a spring. but it makes it terrible for taking a picture because they are so bright. thansk
FEB 06 2016
i had to do a little welding on the hitch on the dodge truck but i did not want the truck in the heated part of the shop. if the truck was in the heated part of the shop then the snow and ice would have started to melt and i would have gotten wet. then it would be great fun welding wet metal having wet gloves too. so we tarped the truck in so the tools were warm and the truck stayed cold so there was no melting or getting wet. this may sound confusing but it makes sense when you live at the end of the world, lol. thansk
FEB 04 2016
after 13 years of ownership, i'm back working on the D6 9U cat known as the Bismark. this cat was sunk for 3 years and needed a lot of love. last night i got tired of trying to work around the hardnose on the front which is for the hydraulic blade. so i popped it off after supper. now there is room to work. thansk
FEB 03 2016
HERE IS ANOTHER PICTURE FROM THE "DREAM TEAM TOUR" IN 2012. OH THE MEMORIES, LOL.
FEB 02 2016
I HAD TO CLEAN THE SNOW OUT OF THE SHOP SO I CAN USE IT FOR WINTER ROAD REPAIRS. SOMEDAY I'LL GAT A ROOF ON THE BUILDING, LOL.
FEB 01 2016
I JUST ADDED THIS TO MY WEBSITE TO EXPLAIN HOW WE GET BROKEN TRUCKS OFF THE WINTER ROAD.
WINTER ROAD -- AXLE REMOVAL -- FEB 01 2016
JAN 30 2016
I DID A LITTLE WINTER ROAD REPAIRS OF FRIDAY.
WINTER ROAD -- WHEEL HUB REPAIRS -- JAN 30 2016
JAN 29 2016
ONE OF THE JOYS OF BURNING WOODEN PALLETS IS ALL THE NAILS YOU GET AS ASH FROM THE WOOD STOVE.
JAN 28 2016
a year ago today my co-star and coffee shop buddy past away. i don't go to the coffee shop any more because there is no one to chat with anymore. i thank his brother roy for the picture of gerry on the td-18 cat when we were filming. roy has more computer skills then me because i would have just taken a picture of the TV. thansk
NOV 11 2015
WE DID A LITTLE TANDEM PUSH PULL WITH THE 2 CATS TO MOVE THE BIG BOAT FROM THE SHORE LINE.
MARCH 16 2015
IT WAS A BUSY DAY IN THE "KINGDOM" WITH WINTER ROAD REPAIRS PLUS AN AIRPLANE ARRIVING.
THE CARGO NETTING IS SO THE PLANE DOES NOT TRY AND FLY WHEN THE HELICOPTER IS CARRYING. I HAD THE EASY JOB OF UNHOOKING THE CABLE TO RELEASE THE PLANE, LOL.
JAN 19 2015
I WAS VERY SURPRISED WHEN I RECIEVED A PACKAGE IN THE MAIL FROM NORTHERN IRELAND LAST WEEK. ALL I COULD SAY WAS WOW EH!!
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