This trip is reminiscent of the days when I first started doing Drive-Away. Moving trucks from one dealership to another.
We are moving 2011 Freightliners from Knoxville, Tennessee to Las Vegas, Nevada. From one Freightliner dealership to another.
We haven’t had a run like this in a long time. Most of our trips over the past few years have been to ports or to auction lots.
We are back to four trucks, once again, since Joe’s hospital stay for his Pulmonary Embolism in August.
He was feeling pretty strong the last couple weeks and decided to put my boom back on the trailer. Will this hard headed German give himself time to fully heal? What? Surely I’ve lost my mind.
We hooked up yesterday and he was weak, rung out, and slower than normal by the time we finished. The one extra truck and messing with my boom was almost more than he could handle.
The day was nearly over at 3:30 in the afternoon when we finally completed the 5 hours of working to hook up. It didn’t help that a lot of the time was spent waiting for new batteries to be installed in my back truck and the daytime temperature was still on the hot side.
We drove about 130 miles before Joe said he had enough for one day.
It was on the chilly side when we left Lebanon, Tennessee this morning. Not long after we encountered a fall rain.
There is a hurricane off the east coast that was reaching ever westward.
By the time we reached West Memphis, Arkansas the rain had become a mist with some really cold winds that chilled us uncomfortably when we stopped at a Wal-Mart for vitamins and batteries. Standing near our trucks it looked as though the misty rain was changing to flakes.
We have nearly 2,000 miles to travel over the next few days.
It is time to dig out the long pants. Albuquerque, New Mexico and Flagstaff, Arizona are going to be really cold. Winter’s cold fingers are reaching out and will soon have a grip on us. Until then it will be business as usual.
Hope you enjoy the upcoming weekend. Get your warm sunlight hours in before they are gone until next year.