IRT: Deadliest Roads, Season 1, Episode 2 aired on History Channel Sunday night, seeing Lisa Kelly almost give up and a new driver introduced in India. It only took one episode for Alex Debogorski to decide this challenge was too much for him. Season 1, Episode 2 of IRT: Deadliest Roads saw “The Ledge” create a lot of stress for the truckers, especially because of the idiotic drivers in India. This program is quite a change from the goings on in the far reaches of North America.
IRT: Deadliest Roads, Season 1, Episode 2 Sees Lisa Kelly Take In a Stray Dog
Lisa Kelly takes in a stray dog before her run on the dangerous mountains after seeing it all by its lonesome. Lisa is past the Karcham Dam at over 6,000 feet, and the narrow roads are making her drive ever so slowly, and to make matters worse, her truck gets close to the edge when she has to make room for passing vehicles in the other direction. It gets so stressful and fearful, she refuses to go any further on a narrow ledge as the bus trying to go the other way keeps honking at her. So her spotter Tashi moves the truck for her on Season 1, Episode 2 of IRT: Deadliest Roads. Kelly takes the night to decide if she’ll go on any further. The next day, she decides to go on with a load back downhill (a 4 ton steel crate). Her puppy sleeps without a care in the world.
As she proceeds downhill, she encounters the spot she gave up on the previous day, but reluctantly drives this time with the help of Tashi leading the way. Soon after, she gets a blessing. Later, it starts raining, which loosens up rocks on the mountain, making it more likely for landslides. But Lisa Kelly has to stop for a herd of sheep. Nonetheless, she arrives safely with her load.
Dave Redmon Take Over from Alex Debogorski on IRT: Deadliest Roads, Season 1, Episode 2
Rick Yemm starts out behind Lisa Kelly a few miles back, and has to deal with his own traffic jams on such narrow roads, but he calls himself “an offroad trucker”, and is not afraid of the challenges, but rather thrilled. He gets his load (like Lisa’s) and readies to drive back down, again driving behind Lisa. Rick drives safely, and the traffic behind him gets impatient for him to speed up. So Yemm lets the idiotic drivers pass him more than once on IRT: Deadliest Roads, Season 1, Episode 2. Rick’s not one to keep his frustration to himself, though his profanities aren’t really understood. Rick also gets stuck in the landslide zone because of the sheep, but makes it safely, too.
A new driver is introduced, Dave Redmon, who is from Alabama. He sees the cement being loaded on his truck via men putting the 100-plus pounds bags on their heads and going to the trailers. He has to shift the truck with his left hand and drive on the left hand side, two of his biggest concerns. He runs a red light, but gets no ticket after explaining to the cop that he didn’t want slam on his breaks at the intersection on a caution light. Later, Redmon is delayed at a train crossing as traffic must wait for a passing train. As he heads up the mountain for the first time, he comes to see just how crowded the roads are with people and vehicles, and how dangerous night driving is without the infrastructure he’s so used to in America. It takes 14 hours to get to Shimla, where he covered 170 grueling miles on Season 1, Episode 2 of IRT: Deadliest Roads.
“Pushed to the Ledge”, IRT: Deadliest Roads, October 10, 2010, History Channel