Mon. unload and the next one postponed til Wed……


   1 1/2 days of sitting around but enjoying the weather…………when calling in on Mon. after unloading, I found out they were not ready for at least a couple days. I didn’t want to sit around til then so looked for something else but after thinking about it for a few hours, I decided it wasn’t worth it and recommitted to this load. I really need to get out of the NW so i don’t have to pay the road tax that Oregon has in effect. It’s about $.25 for every mile you run in the state and I had already been in and out of the state twice (quarterly tax). It adds up fast and it comes out of my settlement right off the top………..grrrr. One good thing is that my log book cleared out after 34 hours off. (restart). There are new rules coming out for hours of service on July 1 that are really so over the top that I and many have doubts that any money could ever be made with these things coming into effect……more on that later……..

   Finally landed in Eastern Oregon by 10pm (mountain time now). The weather is mild with the windows open and only a few engines running quite far off, luckily not beside me.
   Six dignified elk stood on a plain along the interstate while getting here. They  just looked our way and then went back to grazing as more than one truck  honked as they went by……..beautiful animals!

   I know now that since we couldn’t load on Mon. , we won’t get to Texas until Sunday or Mon. I was hoping before to get there by possibly by Thurs. and be able to get paid on Fri. but to no avail. Probably meant to be………there is a rumor of crane parts going to West Virginia the first part of the week , we’ll see……..I suppose I’ll take that if it comes up. Freight is light again and most have had the rates cut by others………..

Happy Trails!!

This is the wonderful load that came up from the closed coal mine in Ut., lol, but money is money…………
coalmine load--salina's king 006


coming back out of the mine, down about 20 miles of 4%- 5% grade, mostly easy with gentle braking……..5-15-2013 (2)

and this interesting figure wishing everyone well as they leave this area. I haven’t found out about him yet, but he has been there a long time……



Truck’n and going South

Monday Early:
   We have made one round from the Portland, Or. area to Salt Lake City and back with loading the last load in the SE section of the state of Ut at a closed coal mine that was being reclaimed and all machinery sold. Quite interesting since this particular mine was the last one from this company (Ohio) to close because of lack of revenue since this administration took office. 200 jobs lost  and quite a small community there.The  guy that loaded these two loads going here had worked there 40 years and he was ready to retire but most were not. This is used converyor  belting and is very heavy. I have 11 rolls on and will deliver this about 8 am this morning. 
    An agent called yesterday quick to let me know that a company here in the Portland area will be loading  about 4 trucks for the Texas area with crane parts and then head out on the same interstate as these last 2 loads. That sometimes happens but we both are sick of running these roads as no new things to look at……
    The weather has been drizzley  most of the night but no wind and fairly quiet  with just a few engines running but none around us where we are parked………..
This was the load to Salt Lake City on Wed………
 Will post more hopefully  2morrow.
    Happy Trails!!