Well, I'm back home for a few days.
Going back to Beaumont, Tx. on October 19 for another stint.
This trip I stayed in Houston and looked at damaged property in
Conroe, Cleveland, Silsbee, Port Arthur and Beaumont, Tx.
Not too much damage around Houston and north around Cleveland/Conroe.
East and Southeast, however, it's a different story.
All around Galveston Bay is pretty much demolished. I don't think any one
building escaped damage. And a fair number of buildings need to come down,
if they haven't already.
Going to take awhile, maybe a year or more, before full services are restored
to the area.
For those of us who live in the North and Northeast - this is one of the big reasons
that we stay there.
If you haven't seen the actual storm aftermath, you really can't comprehend it.
The damage is everywhere.
Makes our cold winters look pretty good.
And - don't even get me started on the snakes and alligators!!
Man, I hate being lunch for some critter.
Man, look at that Peterbilt...sure is clean! Figured i'd take it's picture...who knows when it'll be that clean again!
And some random photos of an old GMC I saw on rt. 220 in West Virginia, between Franklin and Petersburg and the view from the mountain on rt.33 after you cross into West Virginia,west of Harrisonburg,Va. I erroneously said it was on rt. 42 near Mt. Storm,and the views are similar, but noted West Virginia highway and byway expert Big Jim noticed that there was a climbing lane coming up,which Scherr mtn. doesn't have, and the mountain at Scherr is 10%, not nine.
What a clean Pete....oh, and I put another video on youtube today, pulling out after i'd gotten loaded at Sharon Coatings (formerly Winner Steel) in Sharon,Pa.
OK,the title is overhyped. Got my last roll of film developed yesterday, and some were taken so long ago I don't remember what they were, or where I took them, but here's some of them for your enjoyment anyway.
Been very busy this week, felt much better after finding out Big Tail was gonna be all right. I went to Orchard Park Monday, then to Brookfield to Roanoke, then from Lynchburg to Orlando, then loaded 60' beams at Nucor in Huger, S.C. going to Fort Washington, Md.( D.C. area ). When we got to Fort Washington Friday I thought we were at the wrong address, but unfortunately we were not. It was at an apartment complex, and we couldn't figure any reason for 60' beams to be there in the first place. Turns out there was a large sink hole behind the very back building, and that's where the steel was going. We had to blind side back in off the street into the apartment complex, then back about a quarter of a mile, including 3 sharp bends, to get back to where we unloaded. There were cars parked on both sides too, to make it more interesting. I only took the one picture of this site, after I'd gotten unloaded. When we backed in there was a white Ford pickup parked in the spot just to the left of the dumpster in the picture, so that was the tightest spot to get around. They unloaded us with a boom truck, ( there was three of us ) and it was an all day job. Billy Bob and myself left there at 4:30 pm, right on time for the worst of Washington D.C. rush hour Friday evening traffic.
Now, what you've all been waiting for- pictures...and my comments, best I can recollect- and sorry, I forgot to resize the ones I took here with the digital camera.
a salmon fillet I smoked on the grill,indirect heat on both sides, strip of bacon on top, with pans of water underneath to keep it from being completely dried out.
the home made hot sauce I made today and put in recycled bottles. All the peppers came from my garden- and Jo's happy, because when I do this stuff I don't make a mess!
the Fort Washington apartment complex.
going over a boat on rt. 526 in CharlestoN, S.C.
a girl I saw lying in a field getting a tan in Florida.
...yes, there really are Piggly Wigglys, Jeff Foxworthy didn't just make it up.
and sometimes I don't mind having to stop in construction zones, you just sit there and enjoy the view!
might as well include my favorite billboard ever, Jacksonville,Fl. This billboard's been there a long time.
my mixer truck, after a wax job.
I must be off now, Joe's sending an IM.
Looks like I'll have to leave for a while in the interest
of making money.
I'm going to Texas on Sunday and expect to be working there
for a month or more.
Part of our business is writing estimates for the repair of
damaged buildings. Especially larger damages and historical structures.
And, after a careful polling of our qualified people, (all three of them)
all of whom must be better at winning arguements than I am -
guess who gets to go to Texas to look at hurricane damages?
It may take me a little while to get the lay of the land -
but rest assured - if I can, I will be out scouting for trucks and
trucks parts, too.
I'll be starting in Houston on Monday. Probably coming home two
weeks later. Then going back to Houston, Galveston or Beaumont,
depending on where the losses that are contested are located.
Won't be doing too much posting for a while. Mostly, I'll be brushing
up on my "standing in line at the airport" skills.
And brushing up on my Tex-Mex eating skills.
Several years ago, when I bought my R Mack and lowboy from a retired excavating contractor,
I found a really nice B-61 single axle tractor behind his barn.
I asked about it, and was told he wasn't quite ready to part with the old girl. Although
he said he had never used the truck, he always wanted to restore it. Just never got to it.
After a little homework, I found that the tractor has had only one owner in
its' working life, and then into this fellow's hands for an easy retirement.
It belonged to Louis Johnson Trucking of Port Gibson, NY, and probably spent
its' life running from Upstate NY (the good part of the State) to the city, or down
to the Johnson terminal in Pennsylvania.
Anyway, the cab looked near perfect (at least by my memory), and I'm told it would run
without much trouble. (This fellow does take good care of his stuff)
So I kept my ears and eyes open over in that part of the world.
And, it paid off.
I got a phone call today. Seems that he is now ready to sell it. If I don't take it,
he thinks he will scrap it.
Didn't take me long to make that decision.
Even though I don't need it, I can't let a real nice old B model Mack go to the wrecker.
I'll probably post the truck for sale, after the dust settles, and I figure out what I have.
It would be best, I think, if I got it running and driving, shook out the bees and put some heat in
the exhaust. Then I can give somebody a pretty accurate report.
I'm just mad...and angry...irate... and hurt-I don't know what to do. Really nothing I can do. Jobyna just popped me upside the head,then threw the phone book at me after I told her if she wanted to leave I'd help her pack, and haul her stuff...where ever,as long as it was away from here. Not the Brookneal phone book either,she went with the much,much larger Lynchburg book, complete with the yellow pages. I told her she was lucky she's a woman,or she'd be dead right now,cuz i'd have killed her ass.
This dog here has been here longer than I have. I remember the first time I saw him,standing on the front porch looking in the door grinning-he had an over bite or something,and he always looked like he was grinning. He was as big as a shetland pony and there wasn't a mean bone in his body. He was just a big overgrown puppy,loved to play.His tail was about 4 feet long,we always called him "big tail". When ever i'd come home he'd meet me in the driveway like Dino meeting Fred Flintstone. He chased cars,but he was very selective about which ones he chased. He'd be laying in the back yard sound asleep, but when he heard a particular vehicle he'd jump up and run to the road and chase it. Most he paid no attention to. He never bothered anybody or anything. We fed him,and I wormed him several times,because you could count every rib he had at first,but afterwards he was fine and healthy.
He was a happy dog,living a dog's life. Then the a-hole family moved in next door,with the whiny little brat-the one Jobyna sprayed "Off" on before,and he ran home crying like she'd sprayed him with high test gasoline and handed him a lit sparkler. She called me Tuesday crying when I was on the way from Birmingham to Pittsburgh and told me the dog had jumped up on the little bast-oh,might not oughta say that here, little...uh...kid next door,and his fat a$$ bitc...uh,oops-er,momma called the animal control officer to come get him. Never mind that they'd been playing with him when he jumped up on him,throwing toys to him,and he'd bring them back.
Animal control (the dog catcher) came and put a noose around his neck ,threw him in the back of the truck and hauled him off. She said if nobody claimed him in 5 days,he'd be euthanized. Killed-put to death-for doing nothing!
I wish I could go rescue him,but like my momma said, if I went and claimed him the next time he jumped on the little bast-sorry,I meant whiny ass little brat,they'd just sue me. I have less than an acre of land,no fence,and he's never been tied,so he'd probably go crazy or strangle himself if I tried to tie him. I'm glad I wasn't here when they took him away. I've been known to act first and think later-like the time I threw that big mug of beer,mug and all,on that softball team in the Red Lobster in Lynchburg. But that's another story.
Ive asked everyone I could think of if they wanted a dog-nobody did. He's a good dog-I liked it better when he was on the front porch barking at sun up wanting breakfast than since the sorry a$$ good for nothing deadbeat neighbors moved in...needless to say,they're not on our Christmas card list. I hope they're eaten by bears...just kiddin'
On second thought,Old Bill told me to always be honest-I really do hope they're eaten by bears. I thought a lot of that old dog.
Then I found out today that Rick Wright passed away Monday,the 15th. from cancer. Hope somebody has some good news...
Big Tail update-good news-
I called animal control before I left Monday to see about rescuing Big Tail and they told me to contact the humane society. I called them and I talked to a very nice man there, totally unlike the dogcatcher who picked him up, and seemed to enjoy her job way too much-she's the one who told Jobyna the dog would be euthanized in 5 days,which was totally false.
The guy I talked to at the humane society told me they had to hold him for 5 days before they could do anything, to give the owner time to claim him. If he wasn't claimed in that time then he became the property of the county,and would be put up for adoption. He said they only euthanized animals that were considered mean or dangerous and "that's a very friendly dog". I said "I know". I wish I could get him back myself,but i'd better not. I am gonna make a donation to the humane society though, and perhaps pay for his shots and other boarding fees that have to be paid before he can be adopted, that way he might be adopted quicker. If no one takes him i'm gonna get him and sneak him down to the shop so he can be a junkyard dog. He always told me he wanted to live in upstate New York though.
Got a phone call today from the fellow that bought the big
power Peterbilt from us last spring. You all might remember
that it took him forever to close the deal. After he finally took
the truck, he called us for about six weeks asking us if we wanted
to buy it back. Meanwhile the bottom was falling out of used truck
prices. Especially big, thirsty ones.
Anyway - he called me from Buffalo on a trip from his home in
Oklahoma to tell me that everything is going great!
Apparently he just started to run the truck about five weeks ago.
(Hard to imagine that he let a $50,000.00 plus purchase sit in his driveway -
but to each his own)
He's got the truck pulling a flatbed for a specialized equipment vendor in
Pennsylvania, I think.
I was very surprised to hear he is averaging around 6.0 mpg, with 6.6
being his highest trip average. Pretty good for that C-16 Cat. He must be a
very conservative operator.
Really nice to hear that he is doing well. I wish him the all the best.
Meanwhile - back at the ranch -
I've been thinking about what to do with my little R-600.
The building business could actually use a good single axle dump truck,
and that might be a great candidate. Except no power steering. Might have to fix that.
A low mileage truck like that could last us the rest of our lives with a little care.
And it would be great promotion for our business.
The shop move is going very well. The crane is reassembled and operational.
Most of the new electrical work is done. The new roof is going on next week.
Then I can untarp and unload the two flatbeds that have all of my parts on.
It sure will be nice to get that stuff organized on shelves. (The worst roof leak
is right above where I want the parts racking to go)
It sure is nice being to able to put all of the trucks inside.
Might have a local customer for the H-63. And he would like us to do the restoration.
That would be fun.
Went to the annual benefit at the Toga Volunteer Fire Department today. I took some pictures there at the car show,but I left and went to see my Mother and Father in Cumberland,Va. before everything was there...it had just got started good when we left,and was about over by the time we got back. Stopped by to see my oldest son on the way back,and gave him his birthday present...his birthday was August 19th,so I was A little tardy.
I took pictures of what was there before we left,then a fleet of big Mack trucks in Cumberland,then on the way to my son's house saw the "truck of the day"-A beautiful Diamond T (that's not how you spell beautiful is it? it just don't look right...never mind,i'll ask Rob later) sitting in Gary Barr's yard.So we stopped and I chatted for about an hour-if you check out Old Bill's website and read my entry in "How You Got Started in Trucking",he's the guy that was too young to drive out of state.We ran several trips to the west coast together before they found out,and was practically born in a truck. He can wheel! Hadn't seen him for years,and it was a great time! His daddy had a Diamond T,and I remember Gary driving it to school...really! I thought it was the same truck,but he found this one in New York and brought it home. It's smaller than the one his Dad had,gas engine w/a 5 speed and 2 speed rear.
So,i'll just put the pictures in a gallery because there's so many,and i'll be looking forward to seeing Paul's pictures from Watt's Mack's open house-would have liked to have been there,but it just didn't work out. I also took a few more of my mixer,because I waxed it yesterday,for the first time ever.
So check out my albums for the pictures,i'm starting to post them...NOW!
We are headed for Fall in Upstate New York.
The leaves are beginning to change. Nights are
getting a little cooler.
The politicians are all dressed up and hurling barbs
at each other.
So Turkey hunting season can't be far away.
I'm no sure why - but one always reminds me of the other.
It's been nice running south for a while,but now i'm headed to Cincinnati.I have no energy...none. Just feel tired all the time. It said on the antibiotics prescription I got that that was one of the side affects. I didn't have a lot of energy to start with with the infected gum-waited a week too long to do anything,now i'm paying for it.
I should've picked the tomatoes yesterday,but said "naw,i'll do it tomorrow". Now it's raining,and been raining all night. Not only is the 'mater patch muddy,the rain will cause them to split open ...but,my laziness aside,we do need the rain .
The weather has been causing the satellite signal to come and go,so the pc works periodically. Watched Bullwinkle this morning.I thought he was Canadian,like Dudley Doright,but he's from Minnesota. A fine actor too,I didn't appreciate his humor as much when I used to watch him and Rocky years ago,but he's a great comedian-I like the way he talks...mmm-hmmm.
and Joe,saw this in the Tractor House paper-got "NoClueJoe66"written all over it...
I went by Carter Cat this morning and pulled the truck outside the gate so I could get it Sunday,then went to Concord,got my check,went to the bank,then the post office for stamps,then to Appomattox to the drugstore,and when we got back to Concord and turned on 24 Jobyna saw a little water can at the little flea market they always have on the corner there,by the produce stand.Of course she wanted to stop and look around. I said "I don't want none of that crap",so we stopped to look around. I found 2 "Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" tapes for a dollar each. Made a pretty good score there after all.
Still packing and hauling stuff to the new shop.
Spent today sorting and packing up hand tools.
Most of the big pieces are all gone, except the steel
benches and the steel sheets and pieces for fabricating.
The crane's all down and loaded. The trucks are all moved.
Time to re-organize and decide what goes where in the new space.
I'm really looking forward to it. This should be a more permanent
arrangement than we had, so we are planning to really set up a
nice, workable shop, rather than treating it as a temporary area,
like we have been doing.
I've been thinking about my project list and the order for completion.
The B-67 is first, then I'm thinking about my little Ford Golden Jubilee tractor,
which shouldn't need too much except cosmetics. Then probably the R-600, just
because it only needs some body work. Along with those things, I need to get my
little lowboy trailer cleaned up and painted, and new tires installed.
That pretty much accounts for the next year. Then we'll see what comes next.
Probably the H-63. I just today was given a running END-673 which gives me
more replacement options for the bad engine in that truck.
I can only concentrate on one project at a time, but it's good to look ahead
to gather the pieces required for the next project.
Speaking of tires - Tom (Other Dog), have you used any of the take-off tires
from your company before?
I'm thinking that's a great idea for the R-600. It needs to switch to tubeless radials
and won't get any real miles. It's not a show truck so new rubber isn't really
necessary. Thought I'd ask around up here and see what I can scrounge up.
Geez,what did I do this week,if anything?..oh,I remember-left Sunday (4th Sunday in a row I had to go out,and I hate having to go on Sunday!) for Chester,W.V. After I unloaded in Chester Monday morning I went to Macedonia,Oh. and loaded coils going to Roanoke. First time i'd been to Macedonia to load for a long time.Good place to load,nice people, Rachel ( )in the office looked good as always . Unloaded in Roanoke Tuesday morning,then went to the shop and fueled and dropped my trailer and pulled a drop-deck to Duluth,Ga. with a load of steel-2 stacks of sheets,2 coils,and some other long thin strips of something or other.Had to take a drop deck to reload some small trailers at Monticello,Ga. and brought them back to New London,Va. Then I went to the shop and fueled,got my regular trailer,and went back to Lynchburg and loaded another load to Duluth,Ga. Had to go to Birmingham,Al. to load Friday and picked up a load of rebar at Nucor in Birmingham,formerly Birmingham Steel.
Made it up as far as Niota,Tn. Friday evening and stopped at Crazy Ed's truckstop and got some fuel and a bite to eat. Then I took a nap to let the traffic die down some,and left there about 12:30 am and got in about 7:00 am Saturday morning.I had a tooth hurting some when I left Thursday,and by now it was throbbing -not really a tooth,but my gum.Had a big knot on it and hurt like h#!!, but that Motrin ib is some good stuff-i'd take 2 and the pain was gone for about 6 hours,then BAM!-take two more,good for another 6 hours. I know there's some infection up in there,and little or no chance to see the dentist and get a prescription for antibiotics before Tuesday,but I got plenty of Motrin...jaw's all swollen now,looks like I got a chaw in,or I saw Mike Tyson in a bar and called him a punk...or saw Paul at a chef's convention and called him a cook. Anyway,it's nice to be home on Sunday,and know I don't have to go anywhere tomorrow. I smoked a pork loin on the grill today-looks delicious,smells delicious-owh,my gum! Anyway,they're repeating last years Ice Road Truckers on TV today,so I thought I'd watch that . Jobyna wants to watch tennis,but I let her know right quick who's king of this castle!
By the way, Andy Roddick's leading some dude named Seppi 3-1.
HEY HEY GUYS JUST WANTED TO LET YALL KNOW I GOT MY CLASS A CDL ON THURSDAY!!! YAY GO ME. I KIND FEEL BAD FOR THE TESTING GUY THO I SORTA ATTACKED N HUGGED HIM WHEN HE TOLD ME I PASSED!!! BUT HEY A GIRLS ALLOWED TO BE OVER HAPPY SOMETIMES RIGHT. JUSTA WANTED TO SAY MANY THAT TOTHOSE WHO WISHED ME GOOD LUCK
Alright James, Where are you hiding?? There can't be that much scrap in Ga. I realize you just read and reply every now and again, but c'mon buddy. Just wondering about ya.
Been a decent week for me anyway,Since I'm updating my blog, Me and Kevin took some sheetrock up to a cabin yesterday, which all it had was a little dirt road to go up. We spun out on the second switch back and almost took it off a embankment. When the truck spun out, kevin said "Hang on Duffy", I replied "I'm one step ahead of ya". Anway after 6 hours they got the truck unstuck. I rode back to the yard with the buggy truck driver. Here in a few weeks I pretty much will probably be setting. There gonna try the Lowe's approach, Keep our 1-ton, Pickup, and box van, get rid of our 2-ton, and get another buggy truck. Most loads will be going on the 2 big trucks, as in 2 or more drops and so on. I'm assuming job search will be in the picture for a few of us in the next couple of months. boys are doing better now, over there cold & still growing like crazy. Have a good one......
Some of the people on this forum say "Volvo Sucks".
No they don't. Indeed they build really good vehicles.
Volvo, like so many other foreign manufacturers, are
simply responding to market conditions that allow them to
buy our businesses, build and sell their products in our country,
and to profit from doing so. And then take our money away.
If we simply continue to do the "same old, same old", we will
continue to get the exact same results.
What's the definition of insanity?
Something about doing the same thing over and over - and expecting
If we don't stop the madness, then the madness will continue.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure it out.
Everybody can do their part - no matter how small.
For instance - stop supporting Mobil, Sunoco, BP and other oil companies
who buy overseas oil.
Instead - Use Quik-Fill or companies that use US petroleum only.
Not sure? Ask them. The good guys are quick to tell you they only buy American oil.
Stop buying cheap Chinese junk from Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, and hundreds
of others. Check it out before you buy, and buy only US products, whenever possible. It's simple.
Just think before you get out your wallet. You might not even buy anything, if you stop and think.
If enough people do it, the problem will solve itself.
There's nothing wrong with Volvo, Toyota, Honda, or any others. Indeed most of the
products are darn good. And, they are playing by the rules that we put in place.
You want change - so Change. Stop complaining and just Change.
I personally am buying only local groceries. And buying only US made clothes and shoes, if possible.
And only US made vehicles by American manufacturers. And US gasoline whenever possible.
My observations are that the groceries are better - a lot better, and a little more money.
The clothes are definitely more expensive, but generally better made, and better warranted.
They last longer, so I don't buy as much.
As for the vehicles - well two out of three isn't bad. Our big three manufacturers are being way overcharged
for labor, and are far too interested in their shareholders, rather than quality, to really produce a good
vehicle. But I still support them. I think we have to in order to survive as a country as we know it.
How many people know that the US government borrowed the money for your latest Economic Stimulus check
from the Chinese government?
Shocked? It's 100% true. Hundreds of millions of dollars up in smoke.
We just sit back and let it happen.
Then we complain.
I sound like a broken record - but,
Wake up America. Wake up while there's still time.
Pictures to follow - I promise. I'm just not too sure how to get from the camera to the web page.
Finally got all my parts for the B-67 loaded on a trailer yesterday.
Other than two spare engines and transmissions, the entire 53' high flat is
completely covered with one B-67. And that's with no wheels or tires!
(As soon as I got it loaded - it started to pour! It didn't look good for all of
my bare metal pieces. But it only rained for a short time, then hot & dry again,
so no real damage done)
Anyway we backed the trailer into the new shop for temporary storage.
We can pull it out while the crane is being assembled in that space.
Also got the W-900 out of the shop and I got some pictures of it too. It shouldn't
be too long before Jimmy has it back in running order. I love that truck. Of course I've only
driven it when it wasn't running - but one can always imagine.
Moved the H-63 into its' new home inside the new space. It looks good there.
That's a funny old truck. I never get tired of looking at it. And everyone who sees it likes it.
All in all - a pretty productive weekend.
Took about half of the crane down and moved it. I have a nephew who works for the crane
manufacturer setting up automated warehouses and large industrial cranes around the country.
He made it possible for us to get this equipment in the first place, and was nice enough to
offer to reassemble it for us in the new shop. Working with him has been very interesting.
Rigging and lowering the 40' steel beams from 20' in the air is really an art, and it has been
a lot of fun learning some new tricks.
We have one 40' rail beam, two header beams and the four posts to come down yet. We were
able to move the bridge beam with the crane hoists in place. Saved a lot of time. The rails are
coming down with the trolley assemblies and motors in place too. Should go back together pretty well.
Next I hope to fire up the R-600 and actually drive it around town a bit before putting it inside.
I want to put some heat thru the exhaust of the old girl to see what I will actually have to do
to use the truck in regular light duty service.
Anyway - the building business really stinks for us this year, so I need to have the relief I get from
my old trucks. If we can hold on until better times, I think we may sell the construction business, or
possibly just close it. But that's a story for another day.
Everybody have a good week.
Well it all started last week, saturday as a mater of fact. Waited for otherdog to tell me when he got his package I sent to him, "It was gonna be a surprise, but got ruined" I had to break the news to him sunday. Anyway, I believe it arrived wednesday, a WEEK after it was sent. Usually takes 3 days for me and him to send stuff to each other. Talked to Jobyna to check to see if it was delivered. You talk about a nice person to talk to..."The way I mean that is she don't know me and still treated me like I talk to her everyday" glad it got there in one piece or all 5 pieces are ok. Second bad thing is the boys are sick, runny noses, inner ear infections, etc. I think they are already getting better. The rest of the week wasn't to bad. Had tuesday off because I had to work saturday, and finally found some overalls at a reasonable price. Probably took out about 15 loads this week, which isn't good, but between 6 guys it's not too bad. Got in a race this week, Yes in the Potter's 2-ton truck. Raced a highway department 2-ton dump truck. My truck is a '94 chevy kodiak w/a 366 gas motor, 18ft flat bed, 5 speed w/single speed rear. His was a '04 chevy kodiak w/a 366 gas motor, 5 speed w/2 speed rear, 10ft. dump . He got behind me coming out of their shop, I was empty coming back from a delivery, and he was keeping the pace with me all the way back to the 4-lanes. He followed me for about 2 redlights then pulled beside me in the right lane. We both gave each other shit eatin grins, then we was gone, I started in lo when I shoulda started in 2nd, He couldn't hang with me until i hit 4th, after that he walked all over me. After i caught up "Or he slowed down" I threw my hand up at him and he did the same. That was friday, well the guy stopped by today to pick up a tub for his brother, right away we recognized each other and just started laughing, I told him he was laying one hell of a a$$ whoopin' on me, he replied "I thought you was gonna walk on me" and he thought I had let up. Hell I wasn't even letting off the gas to shift. I guess that's enough of my racing. Pretty crappy weekend though gotta haul off garbage, change oil, go get a boat trailer tomorrow, probably find something else to do too. Need to mow, but runnin' outa time. As Otherdog would say "I must be off"
just some random photos taken recently. I try to get pictures of the old trucks I see...plus added bonus pictures of me-in days gone by.
The little girl on the back of the bike is my stepdaughter-now married and has three children. I was a true trucker back then-note chain drive wallet!
and Jobyna (on left) and sister Sharon in days gone by.
So,as I was sayin' I went to Greensboro yesterday morning and came back and went to Dillwyn and picked up a load of kyanite going to Chester,W.V. I should have delivered it today,but Todd told me to go to the doctor and deliver it Monday. So I did,except for the going to the doctor part.I've had a sore throat on one side all week-hurts all the way from my ear to my neck on the left side. It hurts so bad when I swallow I couldn't even sleep Wednesday night.I went to the store and got some Sudafed,Sucrets,Chloraseptic and aspirin so I hope that'll get rid of it. My son,his wife,and Jeff all had a sore throat recently,so I don't know what's going on.
Now,back to the jobsite adventure- 5 of us loaded 60' concrete bridge beams in Bristol,Tn. and took them to Surry Co.N.C, near Mount Airy. We got off of I-77 at exit 93,turned west,then turned on a little skinny road that was not big enough for a truck. Then we came to a dead end and had to turn right off of a narrow bridge onto an even smaller road. Followed that to another dead end and had to turn right,then back up almost a mile to the bridge job. Had to back across another bridge with a 90 degree turn as you come off it,then around a couple more curves before getting to the jobsite.Then we just backed onto a temporary bridge over the creek and got unloaded.The beams had to be set in sequence,so we unloaded in the same order we got loaded. I took some pictures of course...
hope I get 'em in the right order,but here goes-1. waiting to get loaded, 2.coming to the first narrow bridge,where we had to turn right at the end, 3. the curve coming off the second narrow bridge that we had to back around, 4. still backing up, 5.still backing up 6.still backing up 7.waiting to unload-i'm first in line,which means I was last to unload 8.first truck empty,pulled around to front-notice how narrow the road is! 9.sitting on the temporary bridge,waiting to unload 10.the dead beaver in the mill pond,before we got back to the bridge where we had to make a hard left onto on the way out 11.turning onto the bridge 12.totally unrelated,but I liked it-this is on rt. 250 in W.V. somewhere south of Moundsville.