Catching up from coming West

A review of the last few days that has taken us West and home safely.

Last Wed–Aug. 10th
   We started out the day with going in for a good breakfast knowing that today would be a long one and I just wanted to see if anyone would be in the little restaurant that was just a short distance from where I grew up and wondered if I would know any of them. We sat down and ordered and no, there wasn’t any one there that I knew. I was a little disappointed but, maybe next time…….
   Sturgis motorcycle rally is going on this week , so its always entertaining to see all the bikes and people watching that goes on while rolling down the hiway in this area of South Dakota. It was pretty warm outside and most of the girls had shed their outer layers……. the guys too …… We then ran into a detour that added 60 miles to paid miles which I couldn’t appreciate and it
had to be at the end of the day going into Montana. I would have to go North to Miles City as part of the road out of Broadus, Mt. had fallen away and no truck travel West of there on Hwy. #212.   I hadn’t planned on that…Ugh.   We arrived  in Miles City and still hadn’t eaten supper and it was almost dark. A long day. No trouble sleeping for sure!
614 miles
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Thurs, Aug 11
   I knew that starting as early as my log book would allow, would get me almost out of Montana by nitefall. I must get to Spokane Friday morning  by 8am. That is when the 1st consignee (receiving business) opened up for the day. We stayed in St Regis, Montana this evening but is not exactly that close to Spokane, Wa. so up early again and out on the road by 6:30am. One good thing is that we will gain an hour soon and be in the Pacific Time Zone. My log book is calculated in Mountain time Zone. I live in the Pacific Time Zone. I must log fuel from the comdata card in Central Time Zone . I also travel in Eastern Time Zone. If you log the wrong time within an hour of when you fuel and use that card, you can get a citation of falsifying log book (big money) and you don’t find out about it for about 90 days so you have no idea where you were or when by that time. For example: If your in Pacific and you get fuel at 10am, you must log it in mountain time,11am, which is really 12pm central time and the reverse from Eastern Time……….#@!??  Take control!!
Don’t forget about shippers appts. or consignees appts when you are not in their time zones and plan on being there the next day!!!  They don’t take pity on you!!  Believe me!
550 miles
Friday–Aug 12-11
   5:30am, I want to make sure all this gets done today. After Spokane, comes Seattle dropoff and I’m hoping I can manage that one also today but there will be Friday traffic and won’t get there before late afternoon. I call ASAP to see what’s the latest that I can unload in Seattle and he warns me , no later than 3:30pm. Hmmmmmmm…. About 300 miles from Spokane to Seattle on Friday afternoon. I figure 5 hours straight but I need a few truck and load checks also… I’ll go for it!!  thank goodness for Subway…When I get to the Spokane stopoff, they have just moved into a new location and  alot of product all over and I can’t just back in and unchain. It takes moving this and that and he apologizes for the wait.. time is getting away from me…..OK , finally its off and back out to the arid landscape of Eastern Washington. Combines from all over are in this area to harvest the wheat crops of this region for market and  they must get all of it done in a short time. Caravans of blinking lights tell approaching traffic to beware  of slow vehicles on the roads and interstates. Again I must be careful and wait my turn to pass safely. Golden strips of land mowed down and clouds of chaff fly to the South with a North breeze as the farmers keep up the regiment of making sure the rows of wheat are meticulously cut and all the kernals come out the hopper into the semi’s and out onto the roads to go to the elevators galore. Around the clock is the norm for this operation and you will see a managerie of  headlights in the middle of the night far out in the fields for as far as you can see and no stopping for anything! When done with that field,  they then load the combines onto lowboys  or stretch trailers and go to the next golden acreage up the road and start all over again. It’s really quite a sight to see!!
   We keep going and  start up over the Snoqualmie pass on I90 and the jake brake bellers all the way down  to the bottom. It’s 2:30pm by now and I’m pretty sure I can make it if the Friday traffic stays at work.  When we go over the floating bridge on the way to I5, what a beautiful view of the channel on Lake Washington. I feel like I’m home now as this is truly the Northwest.
   We double check the directions and  ease into the city of Seattle. I only have about 20 minutes to get this off ….. A couple of stoplights from the consignees lets me know I will make it. When we get there , the receiver says” Was wondering if you would make it”. The last piece of equipment comes off and he signs my papers and we both breath a sigh of relief…..Thank goodness….
   We stay the night just out of town and  know by tomorrow night we will be home.A satisfying thought since we are very close and just need to get there safely to begin our vacation in a week or so…..but first, R & R for awhile. I know I won’t leave the house for the first couple days even though the weather is superb. I don’t want to!!
Happy Trails!   412 miles
   Here is a rundown of this trip that originated on July 21….
10,018 miles——34 border crossings——no days off but had enough logbook hours to complete this trip legally.—-24 days out
Here is a rundown on this trip that originated on July21

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