Popular Post other dog Posted January 21, 2018 Popular Post Share Posted January 21, 2018 I was up in Erie, Pa. last week with a van trailer. I missed the turn I was looking for, so I was looking for a place to turn around. But there was so much snow piled everywhere I couldn't find a parking lot I could get into. So I pulled out my trusty Rand McNally at a red light, and it said if I went up this street and turned left, it would take me over to another street where I could make a left, then make another left on the street I was on when I missed the turn, and get back to the street I missed in the first place. So, when I turned left on that street- which was shown in the atlas as a truck route, mind you- I went about a quarter of a mile and saw a sign indicating that there was a 13-2 underpass ahead. Not knowing what else to do, I stopped in the street, pondering my next move. I could back up to the street I had just turned off of easy enough, but then what? It was a major street, too dangerous to back into. I could drop the trailer and bobtail home, but that would have serious repercussions later, for sure. There was some kind of business on my left, and a snow covered driveway going around back of the building. Then a woman came out from that place of business to go to the mail box. She saw me sitting there looking stupid, and she said "there's plenty of room around back to turn around, this happens all the time!" So I thanked her...looked at that driveway...there was no way I could make the turn. The trailer tires would run right into that snow bank. But maybe it was soft, fluffy, snow. I've got to do something, can't sit here all day- so I went for it. The snow was not soft, it was not fluffy, it was hard and crunchy. When the trailer tires hit it, I started spinning. So, i'll just back up, hit it again. Nope, truck won't move. Just sits there and spins like it was tied to the ground. So I get my old piece of shovel out of the tool box. A square point shovel with no handle on it that I found somewhere. I dug out the snow from behind the tires on the left side, the other side was pretty clear. Got back in the truck, tried it again. Will not move- at all. Get out, dig some more. Try it again, nothing. Get out, dig even more, almost down to the ground now. I'm about worn out from digging. Get back in the truck, still won't move. If it would move just 6 inches, I could get out, but it doesn't move an inch, just sits there and spins. Put the transmission in the high side and try it- nothing, goes nowhere. If I don't get out of here soon the cops are gonna be here. Get out, dig and dig with the broken piece of shovel, until I think I might just collapse. Try it again, moves just a little. Pull up, moves about 6 inches, reverse, moves about a foot, pull up, back up, and finally i'm back in the street, dripping sweat. So then I try to back into the driveway and turn around, but I have to pull up and back up about 15 times, because the street is so narrow because of the snow piled up on each side I don't have enough room to swing the cab around. I can only work the trailer over a foot or so each time I pull up. But I do finally get turned around, and back to my original destination. And when I got back, I bought me a square point shovel with a handle on it, in case this happens again. I saw a big Mack truck in Pittsburgh. Then one day I picked up a load of aluminum logs in Petersburg, Va. going to Bristol, Tn. It was snowing, 460 was pretty much covered until I got almost to Roanoke. It was slush and slop...the next morning, it was 9 degrees. The tarps and strap winches were coated in ice. I had to use a hammer and my crowbar to chip the ice off before I could get the straps loose. The fork lift driver waited patiently while I got it untarped and unstrapped. I passed by the NASCAR track in Bristol. The NASCAR track is to the left, the drag strip to the right. 6 Quote Producer of poorly photo-chopped pictures since 1999. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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