Trip Dallas, TX to Anchorage, AK

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Troady, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. frizzbees

    frizzbees Light Load Member

    Jul 14, 2018
    @Troady What an awesome adventure you and your wife are having. Glad you made it through all the unknowns and obstacles along the way and delivered that load as promised. Nothing you can't handle now, right! Just bring it on! :D

    Godspeed to you, my friend, as you make your way home.
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  3. UturnGirl

    UturnGirl Road Train Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Loved the pictures and this whole thread. Thank you for sharing. How cool a plate from Florida and a plate from Alaska! Repeat...sooo cool.
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  4. Sirscrapntruckalot

    Sirscrapntruckalot Road Train Member

    Part of the answer to that is this....

    Not every bear is like a grizzly bear. On the I'm going to eat you just cause your a smelly human and your mere presence is pissing me off list...

    1. Black bears(American) - Chill. Unless you piss them off. We have them on the refuge. Can usually get pretty close to them if your not an idiot. Keep your distance an snap photos an tell everyone bout the cute little cubs you saw. I've been within ten feet of them, with no cage, car, or anything else between us but empty air and a healthy respect for each other. Black bears are very chill/timid. Still a bear, so don't go expecting it to want to be your best friend.

    2. Grizzly bears - You know them, you fear them. They will eat you if you piss them off or mess with their cubs. IRS will go easier on you in a audit then a grizzly will. Hell Bubba in jail will look like a cupcake compared to a pissed off momma grizzly.

    3. Kodiak Bears - Like a Grizzly, except you know...their in Alaska.

    4. Polar Bear - Yes, the cute Coke mascot Bear will kill you. He will eat you, and then drink a coke with his closest buddies.

    5. Sun Bear aka The Honey Bear - Looks cute but his claws will disembowel you just fine. Cute...but quite deadly if you want to test it.

    6. Asian Black Bear - Like the American one, but a bit more pissy when angry. Don't poke the bear an you won't be eaten like a box of Doughnuts in a squad room full of cops.

    7. Sloth bear - Kinda chill. Doesn't like people and will eat your soul out of your head if it feels threatened or cornered.

    8. Panda Bear - It's a PANDA. It's like the stoner of bears. If your a bamboo shoot it might eat you. Like a Buddhist bear. It's got patience but if you piss it off you'll find out it really is a member of the bear family.

    Long story short...Bears are cute. They are also dangerous. The cubs are usually why people don't fear them, that an the whole Smokey the Bear thing, Yogi, etc. We've taught generations of children that bears are like cartoons. When their not. With the exception of a couple above most on the list aren't a threat unless you do something to make yourself one. Don't be stupid an you won't get eaten by a bear.

    Bear's are apex predators. There is no other animal besides man that hunts them as prey. Will something? I'm sure it happens, but other then bear on bear(lol) violence, it's not a common thing.

    We had a lady here on my sandbar/refuge area that is known as the bear lady. At one point she was feeding something like 15 bears. They never laid a paw on her. When she died they thought a bear had got her, turned out it was one of the poachers of a group she got arrested a couple years prior. Crazy lady but eh, she had a way with them that's for sure.

    Yes yes, I know...boring. It's things you learn when you live with bears.

    PErhaps one day one of you will be on Jeopardy an remember this post. If so...i want a cut of any prize winnings.

    Sirscrapntruckalot - Let's go bears...let's go! - The animal kind, not the football team.
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  5. bigguns

    bigguns Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2013
    @Troady This has been an awesome ride. Thank you for taking the time to share it with us.
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  6. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

    May 16, 2012
    You know why you carry pepper spray in Grizzly country?

    Some bears like their meals seasoned.

    I think I saw that in San Francisco... still traumatized.

    And the most important thing to remember when hiking in bear country is to always hike with a buddy and carry a knife. That way if you encounter an aggressive bear you just stab your buddy in the leg... you don't have to be able to outrun the bear, just your buddy.
  7. Sirscrapntruckalot

    Sirscrapntruckalot Road Train Member

    An this my friends is why you don't piss off a Canadian.

    They'll go all Ninja on you but without the spiffy black suit. Imagine...dying is bad enough but for the cause to be a fella dressed like a lumberjack and who can speak french most likely. An they will be just so #### polite about it also.



    Sirscrapntruckalot - I <3 I guess it's people. ;)
  8. Sirscrapntruckalot

    Sirscrapntruckalot Road Train Member

    Despite my humor...I enjoyed the read.

    Thank you, and glad you made it back safely.

    We await your next thread on where you go south of the border, like to Peru or something.

    Sirscrapntruckalot - Ole'!
  9. Young_Gun

    Young_Gun Light Load Member

    Nov 21, 2011
    Tampa, Florida
    This isn't getting the "Thanks" it deserves. You made me crack up in the office. Thank you so much.
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  10. Troady

    Troady Light Load Member

    Nov 19, 2012
    Keeping the windshield clean, cost a lot of cleaning liquid, I got 5 gallons with me at the beginning of the trip, had to buy another 3 yesterday in Walmart here in Anchorage (at $5.20 each) in order to keep it clean on the way back, lots of mosquitoes this time of the year, you got a couple of them for every mile you ride.
  11. Troady

    Troady Light Load Member

    Nov 19, 2012
    Well, thanks, I do still have to make it back, hope not be attacked by any bear, lol, I am 60 years old, things beginning to cost me more efforts than few years ago, I did live in Europe for 20 years (Holland and Spain) and drove for a dutch company from 1987 to 2000, this company was one of the first to go behind the iron curtain after it felt, we brought the first Mc Donalds to Moscow, PC and fax machines to Alma-Ata and Tashkent and oil pipes to Siberia from Rotterdam. Going distant places isn't rare to me, being at -40 is thought but you can survive if you go prepared for it, and riding over ice lakes (like we see on tv) it's something the russian do every year and taking it for normal, there are many places that are unreachable because the tundra, you only can get there in winter when everything froze. I am alive today thanks to them and their knowledge of the Russian weather, for example I brought with me in my first trip there Bardahl, and anti-gelling for diesel supposedly good all the way to -35, by -25 began to fail, I learned with the russians than putting a quarter of tank of gasoline in the diesel, prevent gelling better than any antifreeze out there, and also drinking vodka when it's so cold, help keep you warm, (not doing it here in the US), just never could beat them at chess, those guys grow up playing it, and are chess masters all of them. So going to rare and distant places in not new to me, just that when getting old, you think things twice and everything cost a little more efforts than before.
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