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mostly real adventures on the road

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Toga Benefit

Just got back from Toga,Va.where they had the 5th. annual benefit,for some needy person or persons that they pick from the community.Usually it's someone who's ill or has cancer,and all the money donated and raised from the car show,pig roast,horse shoe tournament,silent auction,games,bands,and so on goes to the people the benefit is held for.It's really a great thing for people to do this.They had one for my wife,who died of cancer in June,2005.They picked two local people this year,and one jus

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Time Marches On....

I heard that Paul Davis passed away this week...most people probably never heard of him,his biggest hit record was "I Go Crazy" but he had several more. I remembered him because he had a song out around 1975 called "Ride 'em Cowboy".Can't really explain it,but but it always made me cry when I heard it. I mean,there I was,19 years old,riding around in my souped up '72 Rally Nova with an AM radio and when Paul Davis came on and sang "Ride 'em Cowboy" i'd cry like a baby. So obviously i'd change th

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Thursday...you Guessed It!

Crap!..This week STILL ain't going too good so far- I went to the doctor today and he told me to come back tomorrow (again!) so he could look at it and change the bandage (again!). Only tomorrow i've got to see him in Lynchburg. The doctor couldn't believe the amount of stuff that was still in there. He said "I think we've about got it!.. no, wait- spoke too soon." He said maybe tomorrow I would be good to go with just a band-aid. Same thing he said yesterday. And the day before...and the day

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This And That...

Hauled a couple of loads this week. I unloaded in Lynchburg Monday morning and went to Moneta and got a load of lumber going to Conneaut Lake, Pa. Then down to Pittsburgh to load steel to Lynchburg. Then got a load of lumber off the yard going to Oberlin and Norwalk, Ohio. Back to Pittsburgh-back to Lynchburg. (yawn...) I did see a gray Mack dump in Pittsburgh-had a "for sale" sign in the window. I actually saw another Mack for sale on rt. 51, but I didn't get a picture. I don't know what model

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Things Are Really Slow...

I unloaded a load of lumber at Byesville, Ohio Monday morning and deadheaded home-after sitting all day Monday and most of the day yesterday. First time ever there wasn't a load to be found. Another truck was in Hubbard, Oh. and one was sitting at Dallas Pike,W.V. and everybody came back empty. Todd said "if you're gonna sit, you might as well sit at home". I said "yeah, at least I can watch tv until they cut the lights off". I took a few pictures while I was parked at the Go-Mart truckstop- ni

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The Usual...

Went to Best Buy yesterday and bought a camcorder-since I got a tax refund, I figured i'd try to do my part to help stimulate the economy. If everybody keeps hearing on the news how bad the economy is,after a while they believe it,and then it is. Anyway,the salesman recomended that I get an extended life battery for it because the battery that came with it was only good for about 45 minutes. So after I fully charged it this morning,just like the instructions said,I tried to put it in and it was

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The Title

I'm running out of titles- might have to go back to stealing Paul's I got out Tuesday and went to Roxana with a 60' load, then deadheaded to Knoxville and picked up 60' rebar going to King George, Va. Can't unload that until Monday, but I have a dentist's appointment Monday too. Even ran into some snow when I left Tuesday-it was snowing off and on most of the way across West Virginia. And I saw a 2-story forklift in Suffolk, Va. last week. And I saw the Volvo plant in Dublin,Va. yesterday.

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The Rest Of The Week

After my long, grueling, all uphill 20 mile hike home-I meant to say 2 mile flat as a board walk,hit the wrong key-I went to Carter Cat the next morning and picked the truck up.Ran great. Went on to Petersburg and loaded a load of steel going to Nazareth,Pa. After I unloaded Wednesday morning I had to go to Sparrows Point to load coils back to Lynchburg.I was outside tarping when I heard the phone ringing-it was Jeff. He just wanted to let me know they had a load of kyanite going to Fremont,Oh.

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Test Video

A little bit of video we shot coming back from the parade,headed west on rt.460 in Appomattox,Va. Don't know if this will work,never tried this before.

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Sunny Florida...not!

I'm back. Left the day after Christmas and went to Orchard Park,N.Y. (Buffalo area) and then to Boardman,Oh. to pick up three magnets and dropped them at the shop this morning. They said Wednesday they had a load going to Boca Raton,Florida. Long ways, but Florida ain't bad this time of year. But-Neal called back about 2 minutes later and said the Orchard Park was there at the yard,loaded on a side kit trailer,and I could get it and go,so that's what I did. So much for Florida. That's OK,I'd jus

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Sunny Florida

After I unloaded the second load of lumber I went to Orlando.Wasn't real happy with going that far on Thursday,and sure enough I deadheaded all the way back.Left there about 10 this morning and got back at 9 tonight. Didn't see any alligators,no bikinis,and only 1 armadillo. Looked like he was mashed about a week ago.

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Sunday Recap

Got up and read the paper this morning...not much there to be happy about. Tornados and storms,gas keeps going up,Kyle Busch won the race. Then I called Ma and them,it is mother's day. Told her I found the biggest tomato plant in the garden broken off yesterday,with no evidence of dog or human tracks around it. Saw no crop circle either,so it probably wasn't UFO related,and she said it could be the dreaded cutworm. I don't know how it got broken off,but I went out and dusted everything with Sevi

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Stupid Computer (Freighttrain)

Been having all sorts of PC problems ever since I burned the last truck show pictures to a disc. Still think the HP photo program that was installed on the computer clashes with the Kodak program I installed when I got my camera. I couldn't even get online without going to a shortcut to youtube on the desktop and the screen resolution just went haywire and I couldn't get it to adjust back. The desktop icons were half as big as the screen. Ive been everywhere in the control panel trying to fix it

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Strange Week

well,sorta-kinda strange,as it was a bit out of the ordinary. Get used to doing pretty much the same thing all the time,and going to the same places all the time,so whenever you do something different it seems strange.The week started out as usual,unloaded in LaCrosse Monday,then went to Petersburg and loaded beams going to Ambridge,Pa.Unloaded there Tuesday morning,and went to Hubbard,Oh. and loaded for Alpharetta,Ga (near Atlanta).We almost always load coils going to Lynchburg or Roanoke,so th

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Stories

Barry,this is great! I really like Ray's blog-if I could type with more than one finger (I actually have many more) I could tell many more stories.Somebody will come up with something and it just triggers memories I'd long forgotten,but you never know,somebody out there might find it interesting.

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Stoopid E#@%*ing Computers!

I went to LaCrosse and unloaded Monday morning and when I called in empty Todd said to go home and pick up a van load Tuesday evening in Lynchburg at 4:00pm going to Port St. Lucie, FL. So I did, except they called Tuesday evening and said it would be ready at 6:00 instead of 4:00. Had to be in Florida with it Thursday morning, so I had plenty of time to get there. I dropped the trailer at a power plant Thursday morning, and bobtailed all the way back. Good paying load too. Now i've got a lo

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Stir Crazy

Sat home again today.Called Jeff this morning and he told me to stay by the phone,he'd call me back as soon as he found out something about the truck. That was the last I heard from him. I called the shop about 4:00 and Neal said Jeff had already gone home. The truck IS supposed to be ready tomorrow though. I even took Jo out to the Chinese buffet in Altavista because I was driving her crazy,and that's a short trip for her. The orange stuff on a stick was pretty good. Actually everything was g

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Still Trucking Around

Guess I should catch up a little. I went to Chesapeake Monday and came back up to Petersburg and loaded another load for Roxana,Il. Delivered there Tuesday evening and loaded in Pittsboro, In. Wednesday morning for Petersburg, Va. Hit snow in Charleston, W.V. coming back, but the turnpike was pretty clear. When I got off on 64 east at Beckley it was a different story. Completely covered. I waited on top of Sandstone mountain for a couple of hours, hoping the snow would stop...and a plow truck wo

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Still Slow

not much freight to be moved this week either.Unloaded in Emporia Monday,went to Petersburg and loaded A load of beams for Chattanooga,Tn. and had to deadhead to Birmingham to reload.Got a load of 55' beams going to South Plainfield,N.J. but we unloaded them at the shop today because they didn't want them in N.J. yet.That's OK with me,I don't like going to New Jersey anyway.

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Still More Pictures

A few more random photos from the road...the very narrow street in Wheeling,W.V. I delivered a load of 60' beams on, a big Mack truck, Summit racing in Tallmadge,Oh, a B-model near Zelienople,Pa, A yellow fire truck near Sharon,Pa. (it's for sale!), a huge oversize load, a Swift truck that pulled over on the shoulder-except there was no shoulder there, and the old KB-5 that sat in front of the truckstop in Hubbard,Oh. Now it's parked across the road with a "for sale" sign in the window-$7500.

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Still Here

...still home,smoking cigarettes,couldn't find Captain Kangaroo on the TV. No load yet,just waiting...

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Stewing

Got the stew on and bubbling away.Had to go to Avon,Oh. Thursday,but I got unloaded and reloaded pretty quick,unloaded in Roanoke last night,and came home and cut up meat,potatoes,and onions until after 1am.Got that cooking now-that's the hardest part,the raw ingredients.After they're done it's just a matter of opening cans and dumping them in.Gotta go now,don't wanna let the pot boil dry or burn anything,or i'll have to go buy 300 cans of Dinty Moore before anybody gets here.

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Stewed Out

The stew went well,it was delicious and everyone seemed to have a good time. Had a little bit left over,but not a lot.There was enough where some people took some home with them though.I'm tired as a dog,and tomorrow i've got to boil the pot out again,clean it,and reseason it,but i'm gonna call it a day now and go to bed.

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Steep Hills And 36 Degree Banking

if everything works here,these are a couple of hills that a truck driver can appreciate as being very,very,steep and the pictures show it. The Kenworth is the original one used in the "Moving On" tv series. So,what's that got to do with 36 degree banking? Bristol has 36 degree banking in the turns,and that's steep too...Besides,Paul was getting annoyed that I was taking all the good blog entry titles, a.k.a. whatever day of the week it was. It gets harder and harder to come up with a new and cat

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Started

Don't worry guys-I know everybody was loading their jumper cables to come over and get me started this morning,but it fired right up.Now I gotta go to Lynchburg and unload then to the shop for fuel and some new batteries,then to Dillwyn to load Kyanite going to Fremont,Oh. So I'm off like A herd of turtles as Bill would say.

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