Let’s see…where did we leave off yesterday? We talked about the traverse and its primary mission to deliver fuel. These tractors can haul up to 12 bags of fuel each. The traverse has proven to be more cost effective that airlifting in supplies so the amounts of fuel being hauled has increased over the last few years. The technology has advanced as well. The fuel bags are made our of heavy duty molecular weight rubber as is the big tarps they sit on. When they are strapped down they can’t strap it too tight. Any guesses why?
They are loosely strapped because there is liquid in their sloshing around so it needs to have room to move back and forth. If you look closely you can see the heavy netting catch at the end of the tarp to keep the bags from slipping out. This is a tough gig. These guys (women too) typically drive work 12 hour days. They drive about 9 hours and the other three is setting up camp, deicing the equipment and getting it ready for the next day. As you might imagine, a lot of maintenance is needed along the way when you are driving vehicles in such an unforgiving climate.