Friday last we delivered four more of the ProStar International trucks to Oak Park, Michigan – a suburb of Detroit.
There were a total of 10 of those trucks out of Van Buren, Arkansas. We were going to stop in Danville, Illinois to see my friend Shelly then jog over to Paragould, Arkansas to meet up with a former Drive-Away driver we know on our way to get the last two trucks.
Instead we were requested to drive from Oak Park, Michigan and arrive in West Columbia, South Carolina by 7a.m. Saturday morning. That deadhead trip was over 700 miles.
Joe started off driving for a couple hours then I took over and drove until 1 a.m. at which time Joe finished and got us to the required place on time.
We were about done in! Thankfully there were only two trucks to hook up.
Before I forget this roiling and leaden sky over the Indiana Turnpike I need to add it here. I was driving at the time and had Joe take the picture.
My phone went off with a tone similar to the Emergency Broadcast irritating wail. There was flash flooding in the area I drove through.
Menacing. I think that would be more appropriate than roiling.
Arriving at the Kenworth dealer in West Columbia I started the inspection process of Joe’s trucks. He started to move one of his trucks – a T800 Kenworth – when bedlam ensued.
That wet spot on the ground is diesel fuel. Someone at the dealership had connected a hose to the crossover connection on the left fuel tank.
The crossover enables the fuel to be pumped evenly between the two fuel tanks on big trucks. Anyway….the connection
The other end of the hose was placed on the deck plate and left open. The mechanic didn’t even cap the hose!
In less than a minute 10 gallons of diesel fuel spurted out of the hose when Joe started the truck. He quickly shut it off.
Joe moved pretty fast for an arthritic old fart after a night of little sleep in the pickup seat.
Once we got hooked up we had to be off the dealership property by 11:30 a.m. because it would be closing for the weekend.
Knowing what we were up against I took the time to see what hotels were near the dealership and found one about a mile away. Thankfully there was a room for us right away. Once we walked in the room it didn’t take long before we flopped on the bed and slept the afternoon away. After dark we slept the night through and left Sunday morning for Wilmer, Texas where these two trucks were headed.
These are the perks of being a business owner and working for ourselves 🙂
Hope you enjoy the July 4th celebration. Fireworks, hotdogs, burgers, and family.