Ice Road Truckers: Austin assigned to heavy haul with legend Carey Hall

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Austin has an opportunity to take another step in his Carlile career but, as usual, finds a way to make it all about him, even in a team effort like push trucking.

This week on the History Channel's Ice Road Truckers, Austin had another chance to prove himself as a heavy hauler.

“This will be the biggest load I’ve ever pushed,” he said. “It’s gonna be awesome. I’ve never carried anything this big up the Dalton, or pushed anything up the Dalton this big.”

Austin’s driving has been pretty good this season, and the boss, Lane, has been happy, giving him larger and larger challenges. But between his baby-faced looks and near-constant whining, he’s been unable to gain the respect of other drivers. On this heavy haul—a 100-ton modular building that Carlile guaranteed to get to Prudhoe Bay in 72 hours—Austin was paired with heavy haulers Greg Vance and Carlile legend Carey Hall.

“This season I want to get the respect of other drivers, that’s my number one goal,” Austin explained. “The only way to do that is to be able to come up here and take over the Dalton Highway as a heavy haul driver.”

Good plan.

The trip had problems from the beginning. The load was so big, just getting it out of the parking lot was a challenge, and it ended up in the ditch. Luckily, the trailer wheels could be adjusted by remote control, and the problem was quickly solved, although the delivery deadline made every delay a major one.

A “test push” on the way got the threesome working together, but not far into the haul, Greg Vance’s push truck started having brake issues. Carey had to call for help on the repair.

“We were doing pretty good until this brake can came up, but we need Greg,” Austin observed. “It’s really hard to say what time we get to Coldfoot, depends, but I’m guessing probably late tonight. And, I’m not really happy about it.”

Oh? The other guys seemed ecstatic.

Carey Hall: A True Professional

In contrast to Austin’s whining, Carey assessed the problem like the experienced heavy hauler he is: “Hopefully it won’t be too long. Can’t really afford it, but it is what it is. Things happen. Things go wrong, they break, you know.”

The brake issue was fixed, and the team was back on the road. But, on down the road, in the darkness, “The engine is not running smoothly like it should,” Carey observed. And, Austin’s own observation was telling: “I’ve already lost a lot of hours on this haul due to broken-down trucks.”

Me, me, me, I, I, I.

Austin, of course, was offended when Carey shot down his offer to take lead on the haul.

“I feel like they should let me pull this load. I know I could do it. Yeah, I don’t have a lot of experience in it, but I still know I could do it. Just my age and inexperience. But, gotta give people a chance to do that kind of stuff to prove to the bosses that you can do it.”

True enough, but that would be a call for the bosses to make—no way Carey should have put himself out on a limb like that.

Perhaps it’s just the way he expresses himself; maybe he doesn’t mean to whine; but while the other guys just kind of roll with the punches, Austin always seems to find a way to make it all about him and his desire to hurry up and get finished. Maybe at this early stage of his career, he does not have the patience to be a heavy hauler.

But, again, that is a call for the bosses to make.

Stay tuned.

Ice Road Truckers airs on the History Channel on Sunday nights at 9/8c.

Image: Wikimedia Commons


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Austin's desire to rush everything will not pan out well for him on the Dalton. The Dalton is not a road for the faint of heart or the hasty of mind. The Dalton is a road for the patient, the skilled, and the brave. Austin's attitude will send him over a cliff if he doesn't rein in it. On a slick road like the Dalton, speeding will lower his reaction time, and, if his brakes lock up, he'll be at the mercy of momentum. On another note, it is good to have Jack back. Hopefully, Lane will put him on the heavy hauls and give Austin and Porkchop the flatbed loads.

Submitted by Karma (not verified) on
Austin definitely knows someone high up in Carlile. How many seasons have they told us no matter what a driver has done elsewhere, when they come to the Dalton they are newbies and have to prove themselves? How much did Austin prove himself before being given the heavy haul stuff? Stuff we saw Lisa have to fight to be able to do for several seasons before getting there and he's there his first season? Yeah...

Submitted by Karma (not verified) on
Seriously, I'd like to. The way Jack was like a dog with its tail between his legs ticked me off. Jack was left hanging without a load and now he's gotta grovel for his job? Screw that.

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