People Being the only woman trucker on Ice Road Truckers came with its own challenges, says Lisa Kelly
Six North American truck drivers set out haul cargo in Bolivia, then they are moved to Peru where they have to drive in the high roads of the Andes. They are all part of the second season of History channel's show “IRT Deadliest Roads” and among them, Lisa Kelly is the only woman driver who has survived. In an email interview, Lisa shares her experiences of returning to the show. Excerpts.
What return to the show?
I drive a truck for a company called “Carlile transportation” and the production company was looking for people to be in the show for a new season of “Ice Road Truckers” and I got to try out, got the part and the rest as they say, is history.
What was the terrain like? What were the differences between the Himalayan and Andes terrain in Season 1 and Season 2 respectively?
Himalayan terrain was very rocky and the Bolivian terrain was very muddy. We had jungles in Bolivia to salt flats and in India the challenge was the traffic.
What kind of challenges did you face while driving?
I had many challenges including being a female truck driver, new culture, new language, new trucks and new rules, even driving on the other side of the road, to being in front of a camera.
What kind of skill does it take to overcome such challenges?
I think you have to be a person who enjoys challenges. Skills are learned by making mistakes and trying new things to see what works. I think you have to have a spirit of learning to overcome new things.
What do you love about trucking and driving in such dangerous terrains?
Mostly I love the feeling of accomplishment of being able to overcome challenges and to top it off, I'm an adrenaline junkie.
How was the experience from a woman's point of view?
A woman had never been seen in a truck in India before so the biggest challenge was all the people staring. People would pull over to take pictures, but they would stop right in front of me and I had to try not to hit them. At times the police wouldn't let me go past certain spots in the road because they didn't think that I would be able to get the truck through.
What are your plans for the future, taking off from the show?
Right now it's hard to really say. I got things in the works and I also have my normal life, but in reality I don't know what will come my way. I definitely have goals and dreams I would like to accomplish.
What were some of the reactions you received from people and family who watched your show?
A lot of my family knew what I did for a living but after they saw it on TV, they were very surprised that what I actually did was so dangerous. Mostly, their reactions were of worry and concern. But my family knows me well enough to know that if I set my mind to something, nothing will stop me, and besides, I'm a very smart and capable person.
Could you share a few memorable experiences on the show?
My most memorable moments of all was getting to see the Taj Mahal in India, and Machu Picchu in Peru. They were magnificent and made me want to see a lot more of the world that I live it.
The show airs on History Channel every Wednesday at 10 p.m. with a repeat telecast on Friday at 9 p.m.