Stuck in Ca……….

   Thurs. afternoon:
       Arrived  at the consignee address around noon and they were somewhat waiting for this freight…..so we quickly unchained and threw everything on the back deck to put away after the crane had jerked the units off and swung around to a trailer waiting to be loaded for a further trip to another address somewhere off when all were delivered in a row. I  had #G and #H. Another truck had #C and #D and so on………

   When all was done and paperwork signed, I called the agent who gave me a load the day before that was going back to the NW for Friday and that I should call him when unloaded on thurs. for directions, now backslid and told me he didn’t know if it was ready etc, etc……. later to find out , it was to be put on another truck in the morning (Fri.) and I was out! Every once in awhile that happens……… but now I can’t trust that agent and I really thought I could…………………. That means almost inevitably I will get stuck in this area where there is not much freight and freight  especially not exactly where I need to get back too. So here I am on Sunday and it’s $12.00 a nite to park orless you spend $50.00 a day in the cafe’ or buy 75 gal. of fuel a day, blah blah blah……..and  costly to eat and not a thing around except the local cafe’ and a large parking lot…………….. need I say more……
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     Cold last nite and was glad we had that wool blanket to throw over us  and glad to have the APU for some extra heat toward morning….. Tomorrow I will start back digging out something going NW……..Luckily our office is aware and is looking also… In the meantime, the sun is out and we are going for a walk and get some fresh air…….

   Happy Trails!!! 

   ( Pic was supposed to be on the bottom, oh, well! Beautiful Mt. Shasta)

Headed for California

   Wed, 3:45am

   My phone went off early and of course, it was pitch dark out but I needed  to get going early as we thought that we were going to start out last night but we had a problem getting the APU started after an oil change and it sitting for awhile  without being started . Daddy-o was sure that it must be the fuel pump and we called all over to see if one could be located. None right here…….But after a couple of hours, it started and was just fine. So we decided to have supper at the house and get after it early in the morning………..

   I stopped for fuel about an hour out and filled up knowing the oversize load(air handlers) that I would be taking was to be 11′ 4″ wide and 15′ 3″ tall, legal length and only about #22,000. No permits were sent to me as of yet but I could have them sent to the shipper.( I had ordered them yesterday from the OD dept.at our office in  Montana). I wanted to be the 1st to load so I assumed 7am should make that happen since they get there at 7:30am. Really nice , helpful people at this shipper and they load these with  huge forklift along with another guy on one on the other side of trailer to adjust. When checking in at the shipping office, I was informed that the 2 pieces  matching this load # , were not done yet but after a couple  of phone calls, I could take 2 others that were goiing to the same location and were finished yesterday. NO problem. Permits  took extra time because of the Holiday on Monday but finally about noon, we were  on our way……..This is a tall piece, 15’3″, and an excort witha pole in front of the escort car is required for part of the trip, Ca. does not require  escorts for that height. So watching for height on bridges is essential!
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    After  crossing over the Siskiyou Mountains just about sunset, there was heavy fog going over the top. One car had mistakenly  gone off the road and into the ditch , luckely , it was on the side that did not go over the side and down an embankment. Down and around and into the valley below, rain had began and fog still came in patches and we wanted to stop but just where we thought we could settle in for the night, the sign on the exit stated , 15′ 2″ for the underpass……………………no way, have to keep going…………..so another hour and a half went by and finally we got off on an exit that is an overpass…..   and into the truck stop and a late dinner after paperwork and some planning for the next day………………Good night ………

   Happy Trails!!

Checking for freight going South

 

   January 17th
    I was the birthday girl yesterday and had a nice day not really having to do anything special so both of us peered at our Christmas puzzle still not completely finished , about 2/3 ‘s done. It’s an antique style picture of St. Nick among a giant tree and clever toys from the past. When I saw the box, I was immediately drawn to the colors and message and since we were out on the road at the time , buying it was something i had to do right then and try to find one more little space to haul it around until we arrived back in the Northwest. I guess it can go in the  cracker sack and shoved up with the small fan that gets used for too warm of air while sleeping in the South sometimes, I thought. Anyway I’ll have it and not wish I’d bought it when the time comes to put it out. I’d been warned by the kids: “Mom, don’t buy those 1000 piece puzzles next time, ok? They’re just too hard.”  ” Oh, I won’t” I said. But I couldn’t resist this one so, now at  3 pieces a day, we are finally getting to see the end result some. The teenagers that work on it , are a wiz………. It’s all for fun so who cares how long it takes
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    We have an inversion of weather that is staying foggy and cold right now, although not nearly as cold as the midwest where we both grew up, but still it’s wintery  about 35 out and so chilly. Talking to a friend back there today , below zero is in the works for the coming days, no thank you………
 
   Happy Trails!!