Wow, it’s been over a week since I’ve posted. Sorry about that. I got a bit of a head cold coming out of California and it really demotivated me. Aside from that, I’ve had a bunch of hurry up and wait situations so when I’m seeing stuff, there’s no time to take pictures, and when I have time, I’m sitting in a truck stop. You guys want truck stop pictures?
I did get to see a double rainbow while going through Kansas. It was raining intermittently and there were 40-50 mph crosswind gusts so the picture may not make it onto a postcard.
Woke up the next morning at a little truck stop in Ottawa KS and really enjoyed the wildflowers in the field I was next to.
And when I stopped for lunch at the TA in Morris IL, they were having a customer appreciation day with free hot dogs and burgers, and a girl in a dunking booth. I took three shots and missed, but the local baseball star made sure she got wet.
Finally I stopped near Knoxville to get the truck washed. It may be getting traded in while I’m off this week, so this could be the last chance for a picture of it.
I’m in Charlotte now, after 7 weeks on the road, but will be leaving tomorrow for a week of much needed R & R in western VA. I’ll update when I’m rolling again, hopefully with pictures of a great new truck too!
Ever have one of those days where you have to just accept that you’re not going to get anything done? I did at least get to make my delivery in Shafter. Then I rode down to Lebec, CA to pick up a trailer that was already loaded and ready to go to Colorado. I back up to and notice a note on it saying not to use it, needs repair. So I call dispatch and they don’t know anything about it, and I check it out and find a couple of problems. There was a little boo-boo on the passenger side..
And a chunk missing from a tire..
Also the last annual inspection was done in 2011. Hours and hours later everything is ready to go, but I’m too tired to drive any where, so I’ll just have to get an early start in the morning. Luckily the truck shop had a mascot which made me smile.
Pretty smooth driving today if you ignore the suicidal Californians whose kamikaze missions I thwarted. I travel down I-5 alot and most of you know I love Mt. Shasta and have taken a ton of pictures of it, but I still like to try to get another angle on it each time. Here’s a view I like of a barn. Can you guess the mountain behind it?
I was worried I wouldn’t get any good pictures of anything else, then the sunflower fields came into view.
Then I got a chuckle at this guy’s load balancing.
I’ve passed by a place several times that always catches my eye and I keep saying I’m gonna try that place one day. Well, today was the day. Any restaurant with a lighted windmill has to be good, right? Well, it might be good, but the prices were pretty steep so I only had onion rings. Apparently they’re famous for their split pea soup. Too bad it was $8 a bowl.
Don’t let the title fool you. I had to fight to stay positive yesterday. First I woke up way to early, then went back to sleep and woke up too late. There was no catching up either. The late start meant driving through Seattle-Tacoma rush hour this morning. Then unloading took 3 hours. Get loaded at the next shipper only took an hour or so, but then I had to use the truck scale at the busiest little truck stop ever, then get fuel at another truck stop and finally reach Portland, OR just in time for afternoon rush hour.
Speaking of Portland highways, anyone up for some spaghetti?
On the bright side, I did get to see a rainbow.
Now back to the title.. I overheard a driver saying this when someone asked him how he was doing and now I’ve adopted it as my own motto. Not only am I currently getting paid to see alot of cool stuff, even if I didn’t have this job, it’s pretty awesome being able to wake up every morning and see the beauty around me without getting mired in negativity and be physically and emotionally able to bring a smile to someone’s face and maybe one day even change some person’s life for the better.
Enough rainbows and sappy stuff, I’m off to Never Never Land… I mean California.
Today was rainy and my rainbow picture didn’t come out very nicely, so no Washington photos today. However, last week I went to Vegas to pick up a load of gypsum from a mine at the top of a big hill. On the way, while dodging wild burros,
I had to stop for directions. Oh, let’s stop at Cactus Joe’s.
Sort of kitschy, but well tended at least. Once I entered though, it got a little creepy. You see, there were cars in the parking lot, but I couldn’t find anyone. The place was full of plants and all sorts of yard “art”,
but I called out several times and got no response. Finallly, after wondering if there was any money in the register near the door, but not checking to see, I walked around again and found two employees on break. Got my directions and headed to the mine. I left the blacktop and started climbing up a steep and twisty gravel road and drove for what seemed like half an hour, but the video I took of the drive was only 12 minutes long, so I guess it was a 12 minute drive. This is waiting in line to use the truck scale that was installed at the top of the hill.
And the neatly stacked, “surely it won’t shift around while I’m driving!” piles of gpysum in my trailer.
Doesn’t look like much, but there are 3 piles, and it weighed 46,000 lbs.
Tomorrow I’m delivering furniture in Tuckwila, WA, then loading roofing felt in Fife, WA heading to California. I’m also scheduled to be home by the 30th. Wish me luck!
Who wants to climb this with me?