Tonight’s episode of “Gold Rush” was titled “Gold Road.” As the episode begins at McKinnon Creek, where the crew is digging at Dave Turin’s new cut and getting about $14 a yard. Logan hauls Andy’s pay dirt to the plant, and Jack then feeds Monster Red. When Andy lets Dave know that he is out of dirt, it is up to Dave to find more pay dirt because the rest of the ground is frozen. Steve Pasley is digging new ground, and it is not frozen, which is a nice bonus. At Scribner Creek, they are about to run out of dirt, but Parker has half of his crew in Fantasyland, but Rick Ness hits permafrost in several places.
At Eureka Creek, Tony is driving the crew hard to get the precious gears set properly, if they are not aligned correctly, the feeder will not work. For 27 years, these gears sat idle, and now they are being set incorrectly. In his haste, Tony had them set the incorrect gear first. So they removed the wrong piece and reinstalled it properly. Surprisingly, it all fit together nicely in spite of weighing tons. Next, they have to bring in the fourteen ton conveyor to install it. Gigantic bolts have to be pounded in place to keep the pieces of this giant puzzle together. Tony has to return to Paradise Hill to do some sluicing and leaves his crew to put the rest back together.
At McKinnon Creek, Logan has rolled his rock truck over, but he is shaken but fine. Andy uses his excavator to set the truck right and within minutes, they are back in business. As the crew tries to set the wheelhouse, some of the bolt holes were misaligned, but a bit of tweaking sets it properly.
At Scribner Creek, Fantasyland has to be abandoned because of frozen ground. Parker and Gene will go north of the Far Cut to remove the overburden and get down to pay dirt before they run out of dirt. Parker tested the gravel they finally found after clearing thirty feet of overburden, and the pan was very promising.
At Eureka Creek, Jerry is in charge of Mike and Kevin as they install the final part; the ladder wall. They find out this wall should have been put in before the wheelhouse. Kevin is in the cherry picker that is extended as far as it goes and in danger of tipping. Suddenly, the wall drops into place and the guys are lucky this time. Now the second wall must be installed, just as Tony arrives. When Jerry tells him that the parts were installed in the wrong order, he wants more action and less complaining.
At McKinnon Creek, Dave finally made a breakthrough after digging for twelve hours straight. The test pan is a winner and gives Dave more confidence in his abilities. At Scribner Creek, Parker is cleaning up the new cut, but their total is only 1,313 ounces; nearly 700 ounces short of his goal. At McKinnon Creek, they are desperate to have a good clean up. Jack comes out with 132 ounces, their biggest week yet. This was the morale booster this group needed on this episode of “Gold Rush.”