Had I been thinking before we left home this time I would have packed some card making items. That way I could create some fantastic (ha ha) wonky cards while being bounced and jostled along the way. Saving any stamping or heat embossing work for the nightly stops at hotels.
Alas, I was in such a dither to get the Thank You cards finished in time I didn’t do any thinking otherwise 😦
Tuesday we deadheaded from home to Birmingham, Alabama for Joe’s trucks going to Greenfield, California.
On the way to Alabama we got a call about two trucks for me from Montgomery, Alabama to Bossier City, Louisiana.
That little side trip is now finished.
To get back on track for Joe’s load we are taking US 287 north through Texas to link up with Interstate 40.
Long ago US 287 was called the “Monfort Highway”. Greeley, Colorado had the nation’s largest feedlot for cattle being shipped in from nearly everywhere. This feedlot was named Monfort. Also in Greeley was a slaughter house and beef packing plant named Monfort as well.
The truck drivers for Monfort were legendary. Fast and aggressive drivers, known for their supply of drugs to keep them awake for day after day, and they also supplied these drugs to other truck drivers that asked for them. Mostly the cattle truck drivers sought out Monfort drivers for the goods.
Fantastic wrecks were common back then. One of the worst and frequent type of wreck was a “Swinging Meat” truck. Back in the 1950’s to 1970’s sides of whole beef were suspended from a rail and hook device inside a refrigerated trailer. You can well imagine the results of a highway exit taken too fast or an “S” curve on a road. The swinging meat would be banging around inside the trailer. The 75,000 pounds of mobile weight was the undoing of many truck drivers, not to mention the fatalities incurred by these trucks wiping out passenger cars.
Monfort no longer exists because of these wrecks, and many other problems that arose from demanding more out of their drivers than was humanly possible.
US 287 is still a major roadway used by trucks to get from the southeastern part of the US to its northern highways.
Safe travels to everyone on the many highways and byways this Memorial Holiday weekend.
As the truck drivers long ago used to say over the CB radio. “Keep the shiny side up” as you drive to your destinations.