Fairbanks -- Last night, Dave spent the night in the locker room of the University of Alaska Anchorage's Men's basketball team. Check out "The Early Show" story here. When Arden and I -- his producers -- met him in the Student Center, we discovered Dave didn't really have much of a plan for Day 2 of "No Way Home."
Luckily, the Medevac Guardian Flight folks got in touch with Dave and offered an open seat on one of their flights to Fairbanks. He, of course, said yes and rushed out - first getting in some work at Kaladi Brothers Coffee before heading to the airport.
But there is one big question here: Why Fairbanks?! That is completely the wrong direction, and it's only Saturday. Interesting turn of events on Day 2.
Dave tries his hand at fish processing:
By Arden Farhi
Before the trip began, I swore we wouldn't give Dave a lick of help. And we'll still abide by that promise - no help with food, lodging or transportation. But we're not immune to feeling a bit sympathetic to Dave's cause. So in that spirit, I present to you "No Shave Home: The Dave-Can't-Shave Solidarity Beard Contest."Continue »
Secret's out -- votes are tallied -- in Alaska. Dave is on his way.
I'm not really sure how Dave's going to get his way out of this state. Right now its only 20 degrees -- and it looks like snow tomorrow. Plus there's the "Branson Rule" -- he can't get a ride from ANYONE for more than 1,500 miles. From Anchorage to Seattle its 2400 mile drive.
While we're waiting for Dave to land we did a lot today. Jake Barlow our photographer filmed some beauty shots. Arden and I got our computers and cameras in working order and the whole crew went shopping to prep for the week. Since we don't know what Dave's going to do, we're going to prepare for everything.
By Arden Farhi
Another challenge here? Darkness. The sun won't rise until 9:00 a.m. and it'll be dark by 4:30 in the afternoon.
Let's hope Dave brought a flashlight and snow boots. Check out what he packed here.
By Dave Price
Sitting on the plane about to pull away from the gate...and I can't believe I'm about to do this trip again -- from ALASKA.
Knowing what I know from last year's inaugural journey -- I'm going to get every ounce of sleep I can on the plane, because, most likely, it's the last time I'll sleep more than four hours in one shot for the next eight days.
I'll arrive in Anchorage late tonight -- the early hours of Friday morning -- and pretty much go and shower and head out for our morning live shot at 3 a.m. local time, and then after the show ends -- who knows...
Temperatures should be in the 20's. Next time we start in Puerto Rico.
All kidding aside though, I can't wait to be on the road and meeting the fascinating cross-section of people who live all across our country.
More from Alaska! Keep those tweets (@earlyshowdave) and emails (firstname.lastname@example.org) coming!
By Mary Haynes
Last year, I was one of the members of Dave's inaugural "follow" team. We were there to make sure he got on TV -- and that's it. It was a sprint to put it mildly -- for seven days he raced the clock to get home to New York City. I'm guessing this year will be just as fun (and just as crazy).
In 2009 we started in Santa Monica -- this year it's up to the viewers. I can't wait to find out where! One of my favorite behind-the-scenes memories from 2009 was when we were driving through Nebraska. Dave was hired by Granger Automotive to drive a car from Colorado to Iowa -- at some point we all stopped for lunch at Burger King, where Dave bought the cheapest thing on the menu while the rest of us happily feasted on large meals with fries and sodas. While we were eating Dave inadvertently reached down and grabbed a french fry from the communal pile -- and immediately his hand got smacked. "We can't help you Dave! Not even a fry."
I've covered hurricanes, wild fires, mudslides and all types of stories with Dave. But this trip is so different than what we normally do. Usually I get involved and we work together deciding where to go and what to report on - it's nice that the stress is all on his shoulders for a week. I can't wait to see if he can do it!
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