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Sunny Florida...not!


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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 just as soon go to Buffalo anyway.

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Would be nice to see florida this year, but the traffic would be awful.
you're exactly right,as a matter of fact I called Jeff (Moore-he owns the truck I drive) from Orchard Park when I was getting unloaded Thursday morning .Him and his wife left Wednesday morning going to Florida and he said I-95 was a parking lot a lot of the way.They only made it to South Carolina somewhere before they stopped Wednesday night. Teresa said she figured I would just take the week off-I told her I would have,but I didn't want to hear Jeff woofing about it for a year. :lol:
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Tom,

If you get to Orchard Park again, and have a little time on your hands, give me a call.

It's less than an hour from me.

Paul VS

Hi Paul-Orchard Park is a regular run for us.We deliver kyanite to Boston Valley Terra Cotta. Big Jim goes there a lot because he lives in Reynoldsville,Pa. and he can go by the house.They recieve there until 10pm. It's a nice ride up 219.
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Boy I haven't been up and down Rte.219 in a long time. Probably 20 years or more.

I have travelled that road a lot in my past.

Used to have a good friend and racing partner in Mahaffey, which is a little south of Dubois & Punx'y.

If you get to Orchard Park with some time on your hands, you are welcome to visit our shop,

which is a short hour east of Orchard Park on I-90, or I can meet you somewhere for dinner.

On another subject - I am curious - what is a typical mileage rate today for a flat trailer and tractor?

I haven't kept up with current charges, except for the heavy hauls that my uncle's company does.

And that work is all done by the hour.

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Boy I haven't been up and down Rte.219 in a long time. Probably 20 years or more.

I have travelled that road a lot in my past.

Used to have a good friend and racing partner in Mahaffey, which is a little south of Dubois & Punx'y.

If you get to Orchard Park with some time on your hands, you are welcome to visit our shop,

which is a short hour east of Orchard Park on I-90, or I can meet you somewhere for dinner.

On another subject - I am curious - what is a typical mileage rate today for a flat trailer and tractor?

I haven't kept up with current charges, except for the heavy hauls that my uncle's company does.

And that work is all done by the hour.

Big Jim Veitz's parents live in Punxatawney. We deliver lumber there pretty often.

I'm not sure about the per-mile rates,but I can figure it out sorta close when my pickup gets back with my pay stub still laying in the seat. I get paid by percentage.

If I have to load steel at Lackawanna,which I hate to do because the people are so hateful at the steel mill, I run 90 over to Rochester,then 390 down to Corning and run rt. 15 back down to Harrisburg. I like running 15 from Corning to Williamsport too. I've tried 20 and 20a across,but it's just as quick,maybe quicker, to take 90.

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One more exit east from 390 on 90 puts you within five minutes of our shop.

Real easy to get in and out of and adjacent to the toll road.

The hill at Steam Valley, north of Williamsport, used to be able to keep me wide awake, at times, this time of year.

We never had engine brakes or ABS in the Meat Dispatch trucks.

It was still a pretty narrow two lanes up and two lanes down. And I always seemed to be there, at the top looking down, in the middle of the night in a snowstorm!

Probably wasn't really that bad - but the memories tend to grow more dramatic with time.

PVS

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I know exactly where you're talking about,though I've never been through there in the snow. Most of the old road has been bypassed with the 4 lane. I've always wanted to stop at the little truckstop on top of Steam Valley hill,but never have. Old Bill had an excellent story about it in his stories-it's the Florida trip story. All his stories are really good. You might have already checked them out,

http://www.thedieselgypsy.com/Florida%20Bound%20-%202.htm

Next time I get a load going that way i'll let you know,and give you my cell phone number.

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