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Well,I thought I had an easy run for Friday,but like the song says "there ain't no easy run". I left here at 4:45 this morning and got home at 7:30. All I had to do was take a load of pipes to Durham,then load something for Monday delivery. Only thing is there were 7 trucks at the same job,I was number 4 in line,and the loader operator looked like today was the first time he'd ever been on the machine. The loader was big enough to unload the whole stack at one time,but the forks weren't long enough. He could only carry 4 or 5 pipes at a time and had to go about 50 yards with them,so it was a slow process.
Then I went to Petersburg to load beams for Masury,Ohio. Got there at 1:45 and the hateful b..,uh,woman I mean,in the scalehouse said "beat it,come back at 2:30". So I parked and waited 'til 2:30. Loaded at 3 different spots in the mill-all the beams are outside,on the ground,stacked in rows like pulpwood,exposed to the weather-and after I was loaded the loader man said "oops-forgot one,follow me back to the first spot we were at".
I knew loads going to Masury had to be tarped in winter,but I thought maybe I wouldn't have to now...as usual I thought wrong. Had to tarp it. It was 91 degrees too. My air conditioner doesn't work either. As they say,it's a tough job-but somebody's got to do it.
One more thing-we sometimes haul metal buildings for ABC-American Building. If they ever had a building going to Fishers,N.Y. I hope I get that load. I could give a whole new meaning to being "late with the freight".
Here's a few more random pictures i've recently scanned from some of my photo albums- the longest load I ever pulled, a 149' 11" girder with a steerable dolly ( I just say it was 150',but I don't want to spread any false doctrine here),think it weighed about 74,000 lbs,took it from Abingdon,Va. to the route 840 bypass around Nashville,an old Chevrolet truck in the woods at my Daddy's in Cumberland,Va,and a chicken on a can cooking in my electric gas wood charcoal smoker oven.
Speaking of dolly loads,that reminds me of the time Woodstock and myself had a couple of dolly loads going somewhere in Pa. Jeffrey Moore was riding with me,he was the dolly driver. Of course as soon as he got us out of the plant in Lynchburg and onto rt. 29 he jumped in the bunk and after about 2 minutes it sounded like a sawmill back there,as he was fast asleep. We stopped at the rest area on 81 between Staunton and Harrisonburg and I went into the bathroom,came out and got back in the truck and we left. A few minutes later one of the escorts called me on the CB and asked where Jeffrey was. I said he was asleep. She said "no he ain't,he's back at the rest area". I looked in the sleeper and sure enough-no Jeffrey. So I said "well,let's just leave him,he'll catch a ride home sometime or other". But she went back and got him anyway. He had gotten out and went to the vending machines and I didn't know he had ever woke up. When we pulled out and left he called headquarters and told them he'd gotten left,then they called the escort.