Joe left for Dallas on Saturday, December 10th. He had two trucks at Stevens Transport to pick up. Delivery will be made in Akron, Ohio where we have been many times. After delivery he will be headed to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for two trucks going to Nebraska. I don’t remember if he is going to Grand Island.
Saturday the weather was fair. The temperatures were in the mid to upper 40’s. He had a slight breeze while working. The breeze was just enough that he needed to have a light jacket at times, which became too hot when on the lee side of the trucks. Out of the breeze he said he was hot.
When Joe called me, around 4:30 p.m. he was totally disgusted with himself. Together we can hook up four trucks in two hours. He was upset with himself because it took him three hours to do only two trucks.
His ill mood was not made any better by me reminding him that he had to do ALL of the work by himself. All the duties I perform when with him, he had to do.
- Inspection of both trucks and fill out the appropriate forms.
- Connect the brakes to the back truck.
- Tie off the steering wheel of the back truck.
- Attach ratchet straps to the steering wheel and secure to the seat base. Safety in case the seat belt comes loose.
- Attach boards, clamps, and straps to the air fairings of the back truck.
- Attach the air line to the brake fitting, run the electrical cord to the light bar.
- Tie down the air and electric lines then connect them to the rear of the trailer.
- Walk around the trailer, several times, to lower the landing gear and place a block of wood beneath each of the feet.
- Drive the pickup onto the trailer.
All of the walking round and round. All of the climbing up and down. All of the back and forth to get all of the individual items in place.
On top of that he had to do the tasks that he normally does. Sling the axle chains and get the axles ready to be raised off the ground. Attach the trailer to the back truck. Get his personal belongings installed into the truck he will drive.
Loading the pickup on the trailer was another sequence of up and down. Drive up on the trailer, get down the ladder to install the stops where the front tires will rest during transport. Climb back up into the pickup and drive forward to the stops. Get down the ladder to install the tire straps to secure the pickup to the trailer. Up and down, up and down.
When all of that is done then it was to get the truck he will drive connected into the front of the trailer and connect the air and electric lines from the truck to the trailer. That is a lot of work for one person to do and he has not had to do all of this for the past six months.
After all that work he ended up having to stay the night in Dallas. Mesquite, Texas actually. The back truck had a chip in the windshield Joe noted on all of the forms. The windshield would need to be replaced before he could leave with the trucks. He took his aching body to the hotel and took a hot, muscle soothing, shower before going to bed.
When he arrived at Stevens Transport yesterday morning he found that someone had played around with his trailer. I don’t know what they did…frankly there is nothing that someone COULD do to the trailer without the hand held or remote controllers to raise and lower the hydraulics. Joe told me the batteries had been worked enough that he barely had enough power to get fully loaded and out the gate.
Joe proceeded to spend the next five hours driving with one stop. His legs nearly collapsed on him as he was getting out of the truck. He did not fall or hurt himself. It reinforced to him that he needs to move around more. Joe continued on his trek eastward with a stop in West Memphis, Arkansas for dinner at a Shoney’s then getting as far from Memphis, Tennessee and the traffic congestion from road construction as he could get.
On a related topic…the Mythbusters did a show about a toilet bomb test to see if the movie, Lethal Weapon 2, could be real. The part I’m referring to, here in this post, is the consult with a Neurologist about the results of sitting in one position for 12 hours. The Neurologist stated that two hours would be the maximum time recommended to prevent nerve damage and blood flow problems to the legs through the veins and arteries.
In our job we sit for hours and hours at a time. The toes on my left foot have a permanent tingle from all of the sitting. My sciatic nerve reminds me it is still there from time to time. While at home or on the road I do daily stretches to my feet, legs, and back. Joe chides me for wanting to walk when we stop. Funny, it took the Mythbusters to CONFIRM what I’ve been nagging at him about these past 11 years.
Holladay, Tennessee was where he stopped last night. Getting through Memphis was his main goal yesterday. Poor Joe. He was whooped when he got to the hotel. Saturday night, after he got to the hotel in Mesquite, Texas, I told him that I missed him before I said “good night”. His response was “Well, you know what to do about that”. Ummm, NO. So I did not repeat that last night when we talked. I’ll just say it here. I miss the big galoot 😀
While he is gone I’m going to take advantage of his absence by cleaning his bathroom. The Fly Zone for this week is back in the bathroom and his needs a lot of attention. I’ve cleaned the bathtub/shower stall and his shower curtain is in the washer.
Back into my craft room to make more Post-It-Note Holders. If you have not seen what I am making you can check out my other blog to see what I did yesterday. I think I am now up to 17 completed Holders. I have several more to go before I am finished.
Okay, off to go play with paper, ink, and adhesives 😀