Car trip to the Portland, Or. boat show, just for fun!

   Our interest in the boating world, along with fishing and crabbing here on the West Coast gives us a good excuse to travel up to the Portland area to visit the boat show that has just started at one of the exhibition halls there. I belong to a womens sailing club that has a booth at the show and want to talk with some of the gals that will be working there sharing the info with others and selling our new calendars with pictures of us all enjoying the Columbia River while learning and teaching at the same time.

   While being at the show we could appreciate the original design and all the planning, financial output, and work that it took to comprise all the parts and labor, to make this beauty,  proudly ready for the water again. This is a Gar Wood boat that shines from bow to stern and begs to be enjoyed on a summer day. Dave Jerome’s Classic boat Restorations has completed the task and shows off the artisic craft for all to see. An interesting little footnote for me was that he helped his father crew,  who was a ferryboat operator on Lake Osakis in Minnesota in the 1890’s. That is not just too far from where I was born and raised in Minnesota. About 100 miles or so. Garfield learned as a boy how to be a mechanic and all the skills it took to move  forward as a man that developed many inventions including the hydraulic lift. He first used it on the coal cars in the Twin Cities area to demonstrate.  But his love of racing took him to the building of boats and runabouts and the passion that he wanted more than anything…..to be the fastest!!
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   Classic boats, cars, houses, have a soft spot in my heart. Just like my 359 Classic Peterbilt!!!   They are a thing of the past………..they will never be made again, ever…….. There are only a few left to show off to our grandkids and then to there grandkids………it makes them more precious as time goes by.  We think about those big mansions and how it must have been in those days to live on the lakes with these commanding boats pulled  alongside the docks, ready for a Sunday ride across for tea or Scotch.
   So far, I still get to operate and drive  my 359 Pete Classic Peterbilt. What a cruiser!!
 
Happy Trails!!



Some calculations from the last run out


                                             Happy New Year!!

After all the festive holiday food, friends, family, and clean up, I caught the usual flu and finally am feeling  back to my old self and am getting  lonesome for something alittle more lively than housework and yardwork. I would really like to go to the Miami Boat Show and do some heavy duty dreaming………. I’ll keep that in the back of my mind for awhile………..

   Here are some numbers from my last trip:

 Total miles——————7,688
 Border Crossings——–25
 Days out———————22
 Gallons of Fuel————1212 gallons
 Tolls—————————0
 Average MPG————–6.3 MPG

   I plan to take alittle extra time off before beginning 2012 (my fiscal year is different from the calendar year). There are new regulations for log books, and emmisions control that must be looked into along with repairs to the truck that will be in order before going out anywhere,. Daddy-o competed a fairly big job of front shakle bushings and pins just before New years and that made him feel good to get that out of the way. It needed to be done and was something he had put off for just a little time until the Holidays when he knew he would be home to do at his leasure. I need 4 new trailer tires but no new rims. That will cost about $1600.00.  I have learned plenty about truck tires over the years……………… My first encounter with truck tires back in the 80’s was a real eye opener!!! Knowing tread design and application really helped in the whole scope of things as time went by . Of course, truckers are always guinea pigs for new  and “improved” tire ratings and designs. All the different sizes and makes, weight limits for each tire, etc. give you insight on just what you need for your particular application (what the trailer or truck is going to be used for . For example: short haul, construction, off road, over the road, hiway use, hot weather (desert) or cold weather (-30 below), How long you expect to have this piece of equipment, maybe you plan on trading it out and don’t want the most expensive  on it when traded out but at least 50% rubber for the trade in.

Everything counts when it comes to the check book………Remember, when it comes to an owner operator, he or she may only have one vehicle to make money with and it all comes from just that one piece. It all revolves around that one piece of equipment.
I NEVER RUN RECAPS ON ANYTHING OUT ON THE ROAD! All my tires are new, good quality. That is the last thing I want to think about going wrong while being under a load that the customer wants NOW! Periodicaly  nails, chunks out, inferior tires,  and curb damage, that can slice the inside immediately and  then you have to look for a tire dealer,(truck stops are very expense) how to get into it ,time away from the super slab etc . all add to the delivery time of a load. I keep a good perspective on repairs and know my truck is as reliable as a new one. Good feeling!!
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Happy Trails!!