So it’s only been a couple of years since my last post.  My job has changed a bit, but I’m still on the road.  Well, not at the moment, but that’s because I have to come to Florida occasionally.  You guys want more of the road pictures, or more of the stories about the work?




So I finally got home on Sunday, the 17th.  Went to Waynesville to visit friends and go boating on Fontana Lake, then idled a bit till yesterday.  In SC now heading to Florida, then eastern NC via Savannah.  My boss finally bought a newer truck, so I’ll pick it up Thursday, then the whole country is mine again!

Selling Christmas

Made it to Oregon  and picked up a load of potato chips there bound for Phoenix, AZ.  The chips came with a route restriction.  Since the bags are pumped full of nitrogen to make them look full, they don’t do low pressure very well, so I was not allowed to exceed 6000 ft on the way to Phoenix.  No problem, just went 200 miles out of the way and still managed to crest a hill at 6600 feet in Utah.  Everything worked out though, I think.


I’m back in UT now, headed to Salt Lake City, but stuck in the St. George area with a broken truck.  It’ll be ready tomorrow though.


I had a trailer tire blowout in Idaho and while the repairman was fixing that, I found a cool car on the roadside.


Finally got a picture of this amazing old cement plant in Oregon that I really really want to get a closer look at sometime.


And an old farm from back in the day.


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Suddenly I was in Arizona, on US 93.   One of my favorite roads.


And I thought No Name, Colorado had a low self esteem issue….

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Can I have Santa Claus for Christmas?  Anyone?

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Tried to take an innocent picture of some rocks and got photo bombed.

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aaahhh, Virgin River Gorge!  This is also where I first diagnosed what was broken on the truck.  EGR exhaust tube blown out of the exhause manifold, meaning no exhaust pressure to turn the turbo.  The old guy in the white car just stopped to eat his fruit cocktail.



Finally, I went out for a walk in the arroyo behind the hotel and met a couple of new friends.

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Drive safe!

Early Hump Day

Coming up I-29 from Denver I saw something weird in a field to my right.



Yup, that’s a camel out grazing the Terry Bison Ranch on the Wyoming/Colorado border.


Just to restore some order to our notions of what the west should be, here’s a couple of wild horses in western Wyoming.

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Burning Rock

Man, I love driving through Utah.  I try not to stop too much, cause the Mormons are relentless, but driving through is awesome.  Probably doesn’t hurt that every time I pass through, there’s an amazing sunrise or sunset to keep my eyes happy.  Tonight’s was made interesting by a long thin rain shower over the mountains I’d just come down from, between me and the sunset.  Is it just me or does it look like the mountains are on fire?  Click on any image to see it larger.




Remember what I said about always leaving the best stuff behind?




Finally, here’s my attempt at being artsy.


So after taking 3 weeks to get to California, I got to deal with rush hour traffic near Sacremento, San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2 days.  Now the boss wants me back to finally get the new trailer, and newer truck, so headed to Loveland, CO as I start working my way back east.


Coming out of LA, I made it 37 miles in 2 hours.  But then I got to see a fantastic sunset in the San Bernadino hills.  I’ll figure out how to get all the colors some day.




Some days it seems the best stuff is behind me, or at least it looks better in the convex mirror.



Went by an accident scene tonight.  I didn’t take any pictures, all I could see was the bottom of a semi about 10 feet downhill from the shoulder of the road.  Remembered to give thanks to God for keeping me safe.  Ya’ll be careful, danger is around every curve.  Thankfully we don’t have to go it alone.


Oh, and I’m sleeping under the stars at my favorite rest spot in the Mojave.

Texas Toast

Sitting at a dock in Stockton, CA and thinking about stuff.  Remembered I shot a bunch of pictures of a sunset in Texas a couple of weeks ago, so I figured I should post one.  It is actually 3, my first go at HDR.  Unfortunately I didn’t have a tripod that day,so one or two of the cows might be ghosts, but it’ll have to do.