After-Action Report: The Daniel-Johnson Dam Voyage
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We here at Trailer Blocks are happy to announce that our performance team has successfully completed its first Performance Voyage to and from the Daniel-Johnson Dam in Quebec and we consider it to be a rousing success. Our team set out for the engineering icon with our customized trailer, fitted with a set of our 2” aluminum lift blocks.
The journey was a rigorous exercise, full of snowy conditions, icy roads and the kind of temperature drops that can chill even the hardiest of us to the bone. The average temperature during daylight travel remained between -15 and -20C, but as the night pressed on, the temperature dropped even lower. We passed through some notable cities along the way, like Montreal and Quebec City and the long stretches of highway gave us ample opportunities to test the trailer’s stability and its ability to perform under intense weather conditions. As we neared the Dam, we found ourselves crossing a ferry at Tadoussac and from there, we ventured through an increasingly mountainous terrain full of winding roads to reach our destination. We arrived at the Daniel-Johnson Dam roughly sixteen hours after our departure; exhausted by the drive, but satisfied in the knowledge that our performance parts had held up against the elements. Over the course of the journey, we had two separate drivers who both noted that during the drive, there was a substantial improvement of tracking and far less wander.
We made it a point to take our time and thoroughly enjoy the dam itself. To stand before such a showcase of human ingenuity is truly awe-inspiring. I can honestly say that standing near a structure of such immense size can greatly alter your perspective on things. Unfortunately, we weren't able to access certain areas of the dam, nor were we able to partake in any guided tours (due to our arriving in the off-season). However, we still enjoyed our time at the Daniel-Johnson Dam and we will remember the sights and sounds of that place for a long time.
The trek home proved to be just as efficient. The snowfall from the previous day was significantly lessened and the roads had been mostly salted, but there was still enough resistance on the road to provide a challenge. Upon our return, we took stock of the aluminum blocks, the bar and the trailer itself. While the blocks and bar had remained at optimal operating quality, the trailer had taken a bit of a beating. Road aggregate had blasted the underside from high speed driving. Detailed analysis of the products performance after this 3000 kilometer journey will be done in our shop.
As mentioned in the previous entry, we are continuing to work towards our Photo Gallery with over 150 pictures of the trip to be uploaded. We’ll have more updates in the coming days.