With the end of History’s Ice Road Truckers, many of you are asking if we will see a return of some of the truckers and infarct a return of Ice Road Truckers for a Season 8.
We spoke with Ice Road Trucker Alex Debogorski @IceRoadAlex. Join us as we interview Alex about his scariest moments on the road, the future of Ice Road Truckers, and the handful of other jobs he takes on in his “spare time.Defying life and death situations from a young age, Alex Debogorski has spent seven years exploring the dangerous ice roads of the world for the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers.
Alex told us “My understanding is that History Channel USA decided to do an ice road trucker reality show and contracted Original Productions from Burbank California to do it. They sent a crew up to Yellowknife, where they found a company which had trucks on the ice to film with.
Then they began interviewing potential characters to involve on the show. As they made their way through their list, my name kept coming up in the character department. When they did come looking for me, I was nowhere to be found. I was stuck out on the big lake (Great Slave Lake) in a storm, having been involved in the delivery of some heavy equipment by barge to a mining play. I got back to town and was interviewed, and the show went on. The reality show Ice Road Truckers has taken me to many places I would not have gone otherwise. I worked out of home in Yellowknife all my life until this show came along. I made more money on the road with the show, but it definitely didn’t help my family life or my business. This is seven years in [to Ice Road Truckers]. I’ve aged and my life is changed. I think working close to home especially with a family is better, money or no money. I’d have to say working the ice roads north of Yellowknife would be my choice of roads. On the other hand, I’m glad to have run the road beside the Valdez pipeline in Alaska, and through the bush and over the rivers and ocean to Tuktoyuktuk. India had its moments and I have a lot of new and good acquaintances in northern Manitoba.
I have learned many lessons over the years as a driver. I have made many mistakes. One lesson would be to repeat those mistakes as few times as possible. I also carry lessons learned from other experiences besides trucking. An important one is to help those in need, even when tired and grumpy. Occasionally I have driven by and felt guilty. I’ve been blessed that rarely I leave any one behind. God has always been there, even though he does nudge me sometimes to remind me to always be thankful for the challenges he allows, as well as the tools to overcome those same problems.
Filming for Season 8 would start roughly around February 2014. I’d be willing to be involved, but I expect a lot will happen between now and then which could influence that thought.
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