The Dalton Highway: 500 miles of tundra and frozen lake running from north-west Canada up through Alaska to the Arctic Circle.
500 miles of Arctic winds, white-outs, constant sub-zero temperatures and no emergency services. It was dangerous to drive in a normal vehicle.
Factor in an oversized hauler and six tons of steel pipe and you had yourself one amazing journey up to the north. At least, that was the way Mike liked to think of it.
The terror of being swept away by a potential avalanche really got the adrenaline flowing. Nothing like a 500-mile death-trap to make you feel alive.
Mike couldn’t wait.
“Can I listen in when you tell your mom?” Tyson’s voice crackled tinnily over the loudspeaker.
“I want to hear just how happy she is when she hears you’ll be spending Christmas two thousand miles away from her. And doing something that has a fair-to-middling chance of killing you.
Why’d you take the Christmas shift, anyway? Someone else would have done it.”
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