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(Some Cheesehead)   Driving on Lakes 101: Impress the kids, scare the wife.   ( divider line
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15017 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Feb 2003 at 12:07 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-02-19 11:18:56 AM  
I would have to be on some really good drugs before I'd drive on a layer of ice over a 135 foot deep lake.
Don't forget your wetsuit.
2003-02-19 11:31:28 AM  
I'd have to be on some really good drugs to try that in Mississippi, where the lakes stay wet, just the way god intended.
2003-02-19 12:10:10 PM  
Now, I realize that everyone born and raised north of, say, Lake Cook Road is yawning at the wonder of driving a motorized vehicle onto a frozen lake... But when I told my Flatlander and/or Chicago-raised friends of our little adventure, I was met with looks of amazement and horror

Because Chicago is so far south of Wisconsin.
2003-02-19 12:10:56 PM  
In Alaska, they have these really high-payed truckers whos job it is to do that with 18 wheelers.
2003-02-19 12:11:59 PM  
Just remember if you start getting into trouble, punch it. At least that works for snowmobiles.

Front wheel drive can be fun on ice though.
2003-02-19 12:12:07 PM  
Anyone agree the tag should be "dumbass"? Or...was it? Fark. I forgot.
2003-02-19 12:12:37 PM  
that farker MUST have their children taken away from them. they are a menace.

but mostly, DAMN HIM TO HELL for making me sound like my mother. ass.
2003-02-19 12:13:38 PM  
You crazy Americans.....

2003-02-19 12:13:49 PM  
So this guy thinks he's Jesus now that he drove on a lake.

So what?
2003-02-19 12:16:11 PM  
the Chicago River runs a balmy 95 degrees all through the year.

I lived in Chicago until I was 25 and never knew that. Can't be true, can it? I know there are a lot a factories along the south branch, but it would have to be hella polluted to stick at 95.
2003-02-19 12:16:23 PM  
One word: DUMBASS
2003-02-19 12:18:57 PM  
I don't get the big deal here, are there people in the southern states who think it is impossible to drive on a frozen lake or river?
2003-02-19 12:19:10 PM  
Driving on ice is fun.
2003-02-19 12:19:56 PM  
I just read the article and must declare that I am totally underwhelmed.

You drove on a lake. Congratulations.
2003-02-19 12:20:09 PM  
Reminds me of the story a few weeks ago in Camden NJ. Idiot thought he would take a short cut to get to the Kmart. Damn fool drove his car into a frozen river and had to be pulled out by two cops who risked their lives so we could throw this fools DNA back in the gene pool!
2003-02-19 12:21:40 PM  
The Chicago River would continually have steam rising from it about 9 months out of the year if it was 95 degrees.

Run hot water in your bathtub when it is early morning to see this effect. This guy is retarded.
2003-02-19 12:22:31 PM  
The coolest way to get rid of a car, refrigerator, couch, or bucket of hazardous waste is to leave in the middle of a frozen lake.
2003-02-19 12:23:02 PM  

"I don't get the big deal here, are there people in the southern states who think it is impossible to drive on a frozen lake or river?"

Judging from many of the comments here, yes.
2003-02-19 12:23:55 PM  
I drove a tractor across a frozen pond in Montana during my youth. Whee.
2003-02-19 12:24:07 PM  
Ya, we root fer de Paayckers, unless dey got de week auff. Den we watch de Bayers, but as wee'all know, da Bayers suck!
2003-02-19 12:24:31 PM  
Flavorflanks....Ross Barnett Reservoir, Leaf River...Just like God meant 'em. I got sunburned putting my boat in Barnett yesterday.

Hattiesburg here. You?

/warm, sunny Mississippi
2003-02-19 12:28:02 PM  
"/warm, sunny Mississippi" - do you want some snow?? We have plenty to go around - over 2 ft. at my house...
2003-02-19 12:29:59 PM  
YAWN, what is so wierd about driving on a lake?
I do it every weekend..

Nothing to see here folks, move along..

I also live in North Dakota, so that might have something to do with it..

Just wait till the Minnesota Farkers read this one, there is gonna be hell to pay, most people from that state were concieved on a frozen lake..
2003-02-19 12:30:48 PM  
Wow, amazing, who would have thought, unheard of. I'll have to try that sometime. Next he'll try curling

Saskatchewan Rocks
2003-02-19 12:31:14 PM  
The Chicago River would continually have steam rising from it about 9 months out of the year if it was 95 degrees.
Run hot water in your bathtub when it is early morning to see this effect. This guy is retarded.

GreenBlood- I'm sticking myself out on a limb, but I think he was using exaggeration for humorous effect.
2003-02-19 12:31:15 PM  
Here on the "NorthCoast," we're usually good each year for a few asshats trying to make the "drive" over Lake Erie to Canada.

None of them ever seem to realize that Canada is 62 miles (100 km) over the never completely frozen lake.

Good practice for the Coast Guard, tho...
2003-02-19 12:32:05 PM  
Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin actually gets plowed and has street signs put up once the lake freezes.

This is no big deal, you dumb southerners.
2003-02-19 12:32:40 PM  
Diving on Lakes 101:
1) Impress the kids
2) Scare the wife
3) [image from too old to be available]

Easy as 1-2-3...
2003-02-19 12:32:56 PM  
3 words: Big. Farking. Deal.
2003-02-19 12:33:37 PM  
Well, Chief, when the fish aren't biting, you gotta stay warm on the ice somehow.
2003-02-19 12:33:50 PM  
I live in Manitoba Canada, and we have communities in the north that are only accessible by road during the winter. They plow "winter roads" on the ice so that trucks can drive supplies to them. During the summer months when there is no ice, all the supplies have to be flown in.
2003-02-19 12:34:07 PM  
The irony of calling those who drive on frozen lakes dumbasses. By definition, a dumbass is someone who is stupid. Someone who is stupid is someone that doesn't/can't understand how something works, like how a motor vehicle can drive perfectly safely on a block of ice. shiat, half of Canada's roads ARE frozen lakes.
2003-02-19 12:34:12 PM  
Chief_Misses_Alot: Exactly

I drive on the ice all the time for ice fishing. Just makesure to roll down your windows and unbuckle your seatbelt before going on the ice.
2003-02-19 12:35:14 PM  
Johnny Cash sings: I once threw a weighed down asinine reporter into a deep lake, just to watch him die.
2003-02-19 12:35:27 PM  
YAWN, what is so wierd about driving on a lake?
I do it every weekend..

As a former Madisonian now living in Saint Paul, I'll tell you this- it's still cold down in that part of the state, but you'd be surprised how much warmer it actually is.
Lake driving while the temp has been 15F doesn't take much guts.
Lake driving while the temp has been 30F takes a little more.
I was really surprised by the cold difference between Madison and Saint Paul. I mean cold is cold is cold, but it has to mean something when a 'Sconnie boy is saying that it's F'ing cold out.
2003-02-19 12:35:41 PM  
Not impressed. I've done the same. Really not impressed.
2003-02-19 12:36:30 PM  
So how come I haven't seen any Vacation brochures adertising "Come to Wisconsin and Drive on our Lakes"? Sounds like a photoshop.
2003-02-19 12:36:51 PM  
Saulsa - I think that is the general idea.. I've actually seen icehouses with fold out beds..hehe

Creamcheeseinpanties - ya dude, that is about it, if you aren't a farking idiot you have nothing to worry about.
2003-02-19 12:38:51 PM  
Anybody remember the moonshine-laden Model T found at the bottom of a lake recently? Ooops.

Not sure I'd do it just to say I did it. Now, throw money, drugs, and the attention of hot wimmen into the equation, and well: pile in, family!
2003-02-19 12:39:27 PM  
I know, but it was still just so extensivley stupid. It just pissed me off that this guy thinks he's sooooo cool.
2003-02-19 12:40:28 PM  
Why is this strange?
Why does the depth of the lake matter? you were joking right?
2003-02-19 12:47:45 PM  
If you think just driving on ice is strange, check out

sorry, too lazy for the HTML right now....
2003-02-19 12:50:03 PM  
This nothing new. Here's a photo from the early 1900s of a car on a frozen lake: [image from too old to be available]
Caption here:​n&i=11
2003-02-19 12:50:09 PM  
GreenBlood- agreed. We must kill Dave Barry and all who have adopted his writing style.
2003-02-19 12:52:53 PM  
There sure are a lot of femenine guys here on fark.

Driving on a like in the right conditions is nothing to be scared of. President Bush is much scarrier than any frozen lake, yet some people actually agree with him.
2003-02-19 12:53:08 PM  
It really sounds to me like this guy did it just because he saw that it was possible, rather than having been taught about it by someone who knew what the hell they were doing.
2003-02-19 12:54:39 PM  
I heared that people who live on the islands in Lake Erie drive across the ice back and forth to the mainland in the winter.

I'd like to try that some day. Unfortunatly you probably need a 4X4 with lots of ground clearance in order to climb up onto the beaches. My car would get stuck.

If I ever do drive on Lake Erie, I'd have to get my vehicle up to 100 mph and then turn the steering wheel hard and see how fast I can make my car spin.
2003-02-19 12:55:25 PM  
..and I thought a day of group sex with Japanese stewardesses was fun.
2003-02-19 12:57:26 PM  
Bday55 - you mean stewards, right?
2003-02-19 12:58:08 PM  
You mean there are places in this world where it gets cold enough for standing water to freeze? It was pretty cold last night.. it got all the way down to 47 degrees. I had to turn up the heater and electric blanket!

/Southern Californian
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