A 45 minute job. Not today. Two hours is the final tally. Only 30 minutes of that time was spent waiting for batteries to be jump started on the truck Joe is driving.
Joe makes fun of me when I get back to work after time off. He calls me the New Hire because he has to tell me what to do. Normally we work in tandem. Each anticipating the other’s needs and being prepared.
The rest of the 90 minutes was the two of us trying to remember the sequence of events necessary to hook the trucks up. Crazy how we have trouble shifting gears in our brains to get back to work.
If you read my post of Christmas Eve, titled “Parting doesn’t have to be “Sweet Sorrow”” you may have noticed the photo of all the ratchet straps.
Our back trucks require a total of four each of the straps. The rear truck’s air fairings get tied down. This keeps the winds and road turbulence from tearing the fairings off as we drive the highways.
The straps are run diagonally from the top down on both sides. The upper portion of the fairing, top of cab and roof, is securely bolted into place and we don’t have to secure that part of the truck.
The second set of ratchet straps secure the steering wheel in the center position as the truck is pulled along behind.
The cold morning air, right at freezing (32 degrees), didn’t make us work any faster either. It did warm up to a balmy 45 degrees by the time we finished and were ready to leave the Arrow Truck dealership in Dallas, Texas.
The day’s traveling included a brief stop back home to get forgotten items….mainly Joe’s toothbrush 😀
466 miles driven today from Dallas, Texas to Mt. Vernon, Missouri. It was interminably long for Joe since he did all the driving.
Another couple of weeks and we’ll be back in the swing of things. At least long enough to make it count before the doctor appointments begin in February and we take a few more days off.
These Kenworths are going to Dixon, Illinois. The forecast for Friday night and Saturday morning is temperatures in the teens with no precipitation. Just cold. Not cold and snowy. It would be great if there will be no winds do deal with.
We still have another 400 miles of driving tomorrow. Once we deliver we will be heading to the Nashville, Tennessee area to pick up trucks going to Wilmer, Texas. It will be Monday before we can get the Nashville trucks.
Since we will be be going through Champagne, Illinois, on our way south, I’ve made tentative plans to stop in on Shelly (aspot2stamp.wordpress.com). Her family has experienced the loss of too many loved ones since September. I think Shelly needs a hug.
Long day today. A very hard bed awaits. It is time to say goodnight.