Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Driving to B.I.

For a couple of years now, the program has tried to make the
Front Road to Black Island drivable. This involved lots of
earth moving and patience. What could feasibly seen as a
2 hour journey would take the better part of a day, taking
the Back Road, which curved all the way around the south side
of the Island. It's important to be able to get to Black Island
in a hurry since most of the communication equipment that enables
us to speak with the outside world resides there. In the summer,
a helicopter can make it there in about 15 minutes.

Since the Front Road is now passable as smooth, a trip was taken
today with a 4WD Van and a Pisten Bully with a plow. It turns
out the Pisten Bully wasn't really needed and the van made the
trip in 1 hour and 45 minutes. Pretty much record time. Of course,
along the way the group saw lots of Nacreous Clouds. Can boondoggles
to Black Island be far away? Probably not going to happen anytime
soon, but it's a nice thought anyway.

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