Tif and the herd spent part of last night making a "family turkey" for the season....and it didn't even get messy!!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Tif and the herd spent part of last night making a "family turkey" for the season....and it didn't even get messy!!
Monday, November 11, 2013
He had a neat little attachment to the tractor that allowed him to pick up about 16 or 20 bales at a time.
The drive over was just another drive...but the stable where I delivered to...oh what a view!!
It sets at the top of what they call Lookout Ridge...thus the farm name..Lookout Ridge Farm. :) There were 3 young Mexican guys there to do the unloading...so that took about 2 hours...
but gave me time to look around and take a few pics...and visit with some really good looking horses!
I'm now parked about a mile from the farm, in the valley, on the side of the road, right past a main road, for the night! Fairly quiet, level, just finished listening to the football game for the night, catching up on this blog and my paperwork for last few loads, having my evening coffee (lost count of cups...heheheh), and looking forward to rolling again tomorrow. Hopefully! There just aren't many decent loads coming out of the Denver area, especially non-tarp (I make Erin's life difficult!).
So sleep well everyone, enjoy each day that you have, and I'll be navigating on towards retirement a little more tomorrow!! :)
1,010 days to go!!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
And I just opened up this Toughbook a few minutes ago and I'll add pics later. Somehow I knocked it over or the vibrations from the APU made it fall over and it landed infront of the heater vent for the sleeper area....which is a Wambosco (or something like that) heater. It runs off diesel fumes basically is gets pretty warm....well....let's say it gets real damn hot!!!!
Makes me feel like a rookie!!!! LOL :P
Anyway, now to finish drying out my straps, running into HD to see if they have a fan. Think I'll also work on my outside lights for loading at night.
I'll make another post this evening after Bama beats up on LSU!! ;)
Friday, November 8, 2013
Welcome to the midwest of the US! It really was a gorgeous day looking at it...clear skies, 55-60 degrees, everything green, still! And then the wind started....and boy did it start! Was coming out of the SE and headed for the NE....another words....from left to right across the highway! It made the day quite interesting.
I made it to my drop right when I said I'd be there....3pm. Another garden spot in the oilfields, LOL!
Got unloaded and figured I would be sitting all weekend....but Erin worked her usual magic and I have a load out of the Kansas City area to Colorado, loading Sunday and delivering.....when I can get someone to meet me there! LOL A load of hay!! But....no tarp!!!!! YES!!!
Decided to spend the night next to the Wally here in Hays. They are like a lot of the Wallys now...don't really want trucks in the parking lots. But there is a deadend street next to the store where I am backed up into a field for the night. Peaceful spot....no traffic at all!
Tomorrow I'll head for my pick in the morning, stop and get fuel on the way...or maybe on the way out. But there is a PetCo on the way, so Abbie gets a spa day....she is overdue for one! And, today she decided that running thru a muddy spot looked like fun....so she will be sleeping on the floor tonight and will have a shampoo tomorrow! (Update.....the PetCo in Topeka doesn't have grooming?!?!?!?! That is wierd!!! So she will get a dry bath tomorrow with the waterless shampoo that I got for her )
But you still get to see some nice vehicles while out here.
And while she is getting all spiffied up, I'll go do my grocery shopping for the next two weeks and maybe get my hair removed! heheh Need some supplies, little food, check the DVDs for anything new that I might like, need a couple of pair of pants.
Tomorrow or Sunday or Monday I'll add some pics of the past week and this weekend (DONE ) ....and the changes that I am going to be doing to the truck this weekend so you will have an idea of just what my nomadic life is like. I like it....will like it even better when I finally get my act together and get things all set up the way I want them and everything is in its place and it really feels like a "house". It's getting closer each week, but trying to get it done while making runs is quite a challenge, because I still have to sleep sometime.....and having clean clothes is always a challenge....but we're getting there, slowly but surely!!
I took this pic yesterday of the cost of regular out here....it is 2 cents lower this morning!!!
All I can end this installment with is......1,013 days to go!! And Abbie and I will be in the our little motorhome traveling at our own pace!!! CAN'T WAIT!!! :)
Friday, November 1, 2013
Take the run that I just finished. I loaded out from Houston yesterday morning and it was raining like a monsoon! Apparently from midnight to 7am Houston received over 3 inches on rain! It was unreal...and the sad part is that I was in it from Houston to Theodore, AL!
Monday, October 21, 2013
I'm waiting for a load so that I know which way I'm headed from here. :) I'm trying to work my way back to AL for a visit, and hopefully will be there in a week or so. Time of the year to keep myself down in the warm country as much as possible! Heheheh
Think I just might work my way over to someplace...a grocery store for a couple of things then find somewhere else to hide until I get a load. :)
Sunday, October 13, 2013
I've been coast to coast at least twice since last post. Have had quite a few different loads....
from cable frames for tie lines for cell phone towers (put in hole and concrete poured in) to......
scaffolding that was going to be used in an upgrade construction project at a TVA power plant site....picked up in Maryland and taken to Tennessee....
I had never really realized just how large the cooling towers are for these power plants....and there were 2 at this plant!
I hauled my last load of onions....I don't do onions anymore, there are just not worth the $$, no matter what they are paying...they just take too much time to tarp, up to 3 hours, and they leave your tarps stinking for weeks afterward!
and the wood was not banded very well and I had to stop several times to push in pieces and actually had to pull out a couple before they fell off the trailer!
The load I'm under right now is a load of "poles" that came out of Idaho to Riverbank, CA. And the little "plant" I picked up at was a trip!
It is in the northern end of the that is called "Hell's Canyon", ID.
And the road out was about as interesting as the way in!
But when out in the road, the view and the sights make for short memories of the rather lousy load/deliver spots that we end up in at times.
And thanks to the boys and their Comcast account, I actually get to watch a little football every so often!!
At the same time, the roads can be a real "pain".. not long ago, when I had a load of PODS on board. As I was going around LA I hit construction on I-5....and I hit a "bump" (that's what the sign said) that was so hard/abrupt/deep, that it shifted a loaded POD 6 inches to the right and rearranged my truck interior!
And you even get to see some really well done up vechicles that almost make you want to take some time in one spot to see if you can fix up one for yourself!! Like a 1972 restored Ford Bronco!!! Sweet!
BUT.......I just have 1,038 days left out here.....as far a "working" goes! I am obviously looking forward to 62 and Abbie and getting in the Beast and hitting the back roads with my kind of pace...50 miles today, 150 miles 4 days later and maybe, just maybe, 300 miles over the next 15 days!! LOL
I am about to eat some dinner and then go wash some clothes and then take a shower....then later I will be driving on over to my drop and parking there outside the gate so that I will be there when they open in the morning.
So, until my next post......have a great week!!!! :)
Thursday, September 19, 2013
If everything goes well, I'll be in Lawton tomorrow afternoon. Then I have to start figuring out about getting tires for the trailer and the tractor....should prove interesting. Anyway, lunch break is over, time to roll up some asphalt and get closer to OK. :)
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Well, stopped in Sparks, NV to shower & wash clothes....guess what I ended up spending the afternoon doing?!?! That's right.....washed clothes, showered AND watched a few hours of football! Sooooo, I'm about to head into CA under the cover of darkness! My 10 hr break was done 30 min ago...have 1 qtr of football then roll on roll on!
Friday, September 13, 2013
And I'm amazed that it has only been just over a week since I last posted....I am getting a little better at this! LOL I believe that I was in Livingston, CA on another 34 restart killing time! Since that time I have been to ...... Los Angeles, CA to Salt Lake City, UT (see what I mean).. :)..hauled a coil of steel (44,000 pounds).
Then I went 120 miles south of SLC to a little town named Lynndyl, UT and picked up 45,000 pounds of old railroad rails... and what a mess!! The pick spot is on the side of the railhead and there had been so many loads out that the dirt was down to the consistency of talcum powder....it was windy, dirty, rainy, you name it....
by the time I was loaded, I looked like Al Jolson about to do his rendition of "Mammy"!! Plus, to scale out had to drive 15 miles one way to a feed store in Delta, UT....first trip I was 2,400 lbs over gross, so....back we went to take a few rails off and then back to Delta.
Those rails were delivered to downtown Joplin, MO. And I do mean downtown. And the dirt there was just as bad as in UT, but much less windy and so just my feet and shins got filthy!! Nice change.
From Joplin, I went to Pricher, OK...look up Pricher on Wikipedia....it has a very interesting story to it's death! It is listed as a ghost town now.....13 years ago it had a population of 1,600+...but due to a 100 year old mining operation, the town (what's left that has not been leveled) has a population of 20 and a huge "SuperFund" operation going on that is trying to clean up the mine mess. Interesting.
All along these last couple of loads the weather has been interesting....from sunny to rainy to highly windy to pea soup fog! I was running along thru NE and WY during the time that CO areas received up to 7 inches of rain in 12 hours....those poor folks have a real mess on their hands. And it hasn't been much better in UT...the SLC area had heavy rains and because of the fires last year in the surrounding mountains, they had mudslides the past several days. On the news here last night they spoke with a man that was still shoveling mud out of his swimming pool - two days after the rains....and they are just hoping that the rains will stay away long enough for it to dry up...but it was raining here this morning when I woke up. So I'll see what the news has to say tonight.
One thing about being on the road,I really do see a lot of gorgeous countryside!This was the view I had my last run out of UT with the rails at the rest area I stopped at for one night. The little panarama pic doesnt' really do it justice, but it was beautiful!
And, of course, for all of us that love to watch storms, I got to run thru, around or inbetween several of them in the past week!
Love to see storm clouds...just wish I could have caught some of the lightening that was going on with them....it was fabulous!
Also get to see what type of autos are being moved around the country, or changing hands of ownership! Nice little old Bronco!
And of course....as some try to be more "eco-friendly", I almost missed getting a pic of this cell phone tower!! Looks like a real tree! Right!! LOL
So, this brings me up current to where I am again....parked at the TA in Toole, UT (just west of SLC) on a break again! Tomorrow starts another chapter in the life of a flatbedder!! So, more to come, soon!!
Monday, September 2, 2013
But there was one statement made by one of the makers of the program about the disappearance of cultural music that has hit a chord with me.....he make the statement that, yes, we are loosing species to extinction .... but there is also another "extinction" that is taking place that we seem to just be allowing to take place without anyone making much noise about....and that is the extinction of "cultures".....and the more I think about that statement the more I agree with it. He was in another country, and the musicians and instrument makers were dieing out and their musical culture was being lost.
I see the same thing happening here, with out "cultures" on a daily basis....all the diversity of our different backgrounds is being swallowed up by "current society" and "the old ways" are being lost...which is a crime! Just how did we get to where we are....by living and building upon the past....and if we forget the past, we are destined to have a collapse.
I guess that is why I keep talking about the fact that I am about to start the "Have You Seen America Lately??" blog. I keep passing through small towns/hamlets on the roads out here that you can tell have stories to tell, have had a past that was the backbone of our country, and yet, they are dieing out and being paved over or left to nature to cover up and do away with. We are loosing our "group" identity....and there were a bunch of groups here at one time....but today the "masses" are being herded to a point that there really are no individual personalities...and I see this happening everywhere.
You have a few different types of truck drivers, but the different groups are being herded into groups that have no patience with each other. There are several different groups of 4-wheeler drivers, but when you really get to looking at them, the only real difference is the amount of money that they are able to invest in the vehicle. But they all have the same urgency to get wherever it is and then get back....don't get in the way!!
But I ramble!! I am trying to get my thoughts and pictures lined up, and adding pics each week as I can, and getting ready to start my other blog back up...or another one that will be just for what we are loosing. Or perhaps I should say "have lost already"!
I will be taking the time tomorrow to wash clothes, finish setting up/cleaning up my room. I have thinned out things and gotten rid of things that I don't use or need out here on the road to the point that I almost do have everything in a place and the floor and seats practically clear most of the time. Abbie can actually run around and play during the day while we are traveling. She is getting along real well in the truck and on the road...she has even recovered nicely from her spaying! She was pretty pathetic the afternoon that I picked her up from the vet's office...LOL! She was quite miserable and I think she was really surprised that I came back for her from the way that she reacted!!
I was able to be off the road for my birthday anniversary and was at Tiffany's. It was a pleasant weekend and pretty restful...and CAKE!! ;)
And like I keep saying,being out on the road you never know for sure each day what you will run into. Joshua had told me about the VW Synchro vans (4 wheel drive) and I have looked at videos on YouTube of them,but I had never stumbled across one on the road. Well, a few weeks ago,coming out of CA on a run, I spotted this one in a rest area where I had stopped to take a break.
And I keep seeing pickup truck campers that make more and more sense. The one above was in Nevada headed for the mountains. It is not very tall, until you raise the roof, like a poptop camper. This one had a kitchen area, dinette, and also a SMALL bathroom in it. I am a little over this size camper...but in my younger days it would have been great!