We didn’t get out of the hotel this morning until after 11 a.m. Waiting for the road service truck to arrive and fix my air leak problem. The guy was really nice and didn’t charge me an arm and a leg either.
He had figured out how to get under the truck and get at the air dryer that was causing all the problems. I talked with him a bit while he was under there then I gave that task to Joe while I went back to the room to get our stuff sorted and repacked so we could leave when he was done.
The man had to leave to get another part, when he returned and climbed back under the truck to fiddle with things again he had me turn the truck on. That worried me a bit since he was underneath that monster and I don’t know what kinds of moving parts there are under there. He wasn’t worried though so I got it started. I watched as the air pressure gauge slowly rose, still concerned with him under the vehicle. Not quite sure if I should leave the truck running to fill the air tanks or shut it off. I carefully climbed down so as not to rock the truck and cause him to be harmed under there. I bent over and hollered under the truck “Should I leave it on and let the air build or shut it off”? Without me knowing, he had made his way out from under the truck and was standing behind me while I was bent over hollering at him. He gave me a start when he said for me to just leave it on. We both had a good laugh at that.
We made our way through the remainder of Georgia and on into Mississippi. The air conditioning in Joe’s truck gave out and he was being cooled by his window rolled down. Thankfully it was not an overly warm day today. We stopped near Jackson, Mississippi to put in more fuel and the afternoon was gone, daylight would be fading fast. Joe and I don’t like driving after dark with these crazy trucks. No telling what can happen when you can’t see so why take the chance.
I talked with Joseph while Joe was putting air conditioner fluid in his truck. The route Joseph had taken yesterday, the one we had originally intended taking, had been shut down for almost four hours due to a tractor/trailer that had rolled over and wrecked. He had made it to Tupelo, Mississippi and stopped there for the night. Today he got as far as Fort Smith, Arkansas before his air dryer gave out and he lost all his air. He called to tell me I’m a “Jinx”. I told him he was a “Copy Cat”. Just because I was having fun didn’t mean he had to go and horn in.
We’ve been told by our dispatch office that we have to be in Dallas tomorrow and go to a Volvo dealership to have the air dryer on my truck properly taken care of. Joseph has his in a Kenworth Shop in Fort Smith. The road service guy this morning did a “by pass” on the air dryer and the people that are getting these trucks want it properly working before we deliver it. So who knows how long we will be in Dallas tomorrow.
Today, we’ve driven a total of 224 miles. Slacker!!!! Our normal days are 450 to 550 miles, or at least as close to 400 as we can get with the road conditions and whatever else pops up. Too many problems and such a late start really put a crimp in our making miles today.
Tomorrow is another day. Here’s hoping there are no problems tomorrow and we get to Dallas without incident.