Through the dirty windshield you can see the beauty of the morning sun coming up just north of Park City, UT

OK, let’s think about this for a minute. I’m on an overpass in SoCal 9am Monday morning. I’m waiting to get into a left turn lane, and follow the Western Express truck onto the freeway. The truck on my left is turning onto the freeway, going in the opposite way. He’s also waiting to enter the turning lane. There’s a white van in the center of the picture, to the right of the Western truck and a blue truck with a flatbed. He is trying to get around a stopped car that is properly waiting to get through the light. However, the white box van is blocking the intersection. Why, you ask? Because he forced his way into the intersection, hoping to complete his turn. But because the traffic going the opposite direction is also stopped, he couldn’t complete his turn. The blue flatbed was next to me but is trying to jump ahead of everyone else. The smaller stake bed truck is trying to follow him through the light. In the picture looking through the side mirror, notice the white truck with a black trailer that’s turning from the freeway. He also tried to force his way onto the street but couldn’t because there’s no place for him or anyone else to go. We sat here through 3 lights! I was literally laughing my head off! These stupid people, trying to get one car ahead only to be stopped for 20 minutes. Serves them right!! And this is one of several reasons I hate SoCal and why I left almost 40 years ago. Finally, someone apparently got moved and everyone was able to get out of the log jam. It was funny!

Out of SoCal with a load of A/C testing equipment I picked up in Camarillo, CA. Having to come into SoCal is really getting trying and takes more and more work on my part to do it with a smile. Driving in SoCal averages 45mph. And when you get paid by the mile I’m losing 1/3 of what I’d make on the open road. It takes so long to get anywhere, Monday it took 6 hours to go 270miles. There’s so much traffic and no one wants to be behind me, so they’re cutting in and out around me. Lots of brake usage. And most of the cars have broken turn signals, even the new ones. Someone should start a shop repairing only turn signals. They’d be swamped with customers! And the freeways are a mess. Interstate 40 east of Barstow. The freeway repairs aren’t any better. Maybe in a [good] car they’re not noticeable but in a semi, sometimes I get bounced out of my seat. Thank God for seatbelts.

And did I mention everyone is in such a hurry…just to sit longer at the next red light.

I take this to Maple Grove, MN. It’s a testing unit, one test it determines is the amount of air flow through a evp cooler used in geo-thermo heating and cooling. I was told it did many other things, too.

The load is really light. It was suppose to be 30k#’s but is only about half that. Better for me, better fuel mileage and the truck doesn’t have to work as hard.

Just a really big grass-hopper. I bet George would have paid big money for this one! Maybe a nickel….


Bees on the move to a new home…someone couldn’t make the payments…

UT was really pretty, snow still on the peaks. And from I80 in WY I can see that CO still has a lot of snow on the high peaks. And the wind is blowing up here but it’s pushing me east rather then working against me.


This is a sliding weight sleigh used in tractor pulls. The further the sleigh is pulled, the weight is transferred, causing it weight more. moved forward and weights more! Tractor pulls are really cool. Check out your local county fair and they’re probably there.


‘sheep-boys’ herding the sheep

I’ve still got my ‘ghost’. It caused the dials to spin this morning before I even put the truck in gear! Then it would correct itself. But did it a couple of times before I got back on the highway. Yesterday it did it a lot. I just continued to drive, it always corrected itself. It’s not giving a ‘fault’ report, which is a good thing. I’m looking for a special gel to spear on the EMC connection on the firewall. Hopefully that’ll fix it.

I’m in Sidney, NE near the WY border on I80, at WallyWorld for the night. It’s raining, lightning with some thunder. Oh, how much fun is that!!! Think I’ll pop some pop-corn.

Happy July 4th everyone, be safe.

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There’s a storm brewin’ and it’s lookin’ pretty mean…

Just as crazy as your days are. And they’re just as boring some time. The last 3 weeks I’ve been to SoCal twice, been to Atlanta twice, the Twin Cities once, Omaha a couple of times, Mobile on the Gulf Coast and so many points in between. The sun comes up and then goes down no matter where I am. Funny how that works.

Guess where I am? Hint – It’s on one of the coasts.

I’m headed back to CA as we speak. I picked up a 3M load in Hutchinson, MN. I left Atlanta last Tuesday and emptied out this morning, 6/23. And was given a preplan right away. Which is how it should work every time. I talked with the Director of Operation last week about some of the issues I have with how things are done. It was a good conversation and it felt good to get those things out in the open. At least I felt he was listening!

Very old, narrow metal bridge crossing the Mississippi near Cairo, IL, crossing into KY.

Yesterday, 6/23, was scary. My dashboard gauges developed a ‘ghost’. That’s when the dial start to go around in circles, back and forth or run backwards. In my case they when around once and stopped at the bottom of the dial. Not a good thing! After seeing dollar signs flash before my eyes, I immediately stopped to check things out. The water temp, oil pressure, tach and speedo were acting up. I checked the water and it was OK. The oil was a little low so I added some. Everything else seemed OK and as it should be. I took off and about a mile down the road it happened again.

Some of the damage in Joplin, MO. Whole sections of this hill were missing. I didn’t get downtown where the twister slowly rolled down main street. I was told it looked like an egg beater was used and took everything with it.

This cloud formation looks so surreal. Can you find the animal in it?

This time the warning lights wouldn’t go off when I started the engine. I resat the ECM with 5quick turns of the key. It took 4 times before everything worked as it should. Leaving again, a said a quick prayer and moved into traffic. About 2 miles the road it happened again. This time I put out my red warning signs and waited for the engine to cool off. Nice the weather was about 65degrees and cloudy. After getting things started again everything seemed to be going good. About 30 minutes into this part of the afternoon, the dials went around a couple of times and before I could get stopped they went back to where they were suppose to be. Then about 15mintues later they did it again. I just kept right on cruising down the road and they straighten out.

Some pictures around the T/S just east of Cheyenne tonight.

Can you believe how clear LA is in the photo above? Blue skies, white clouds and it’s the middle of the afternoon, Monday, 6/13.

Who knows what’s going on. A friend had a company truck do the same thing for a while and every time he took it to the shop noting could be found to be causing it. Nor could they find a record on the ECM that anything had gone wrong. So, I think I wait until something really does go wrong before I take it to a shop and spent several hundred $$$ looking for something they probably won’t find. I admit I hear noises, smells and feel things that cause me to worry something is going to go wrong. Probably the price one pays when they are paying the repair bills.

A couple of very old churches in Cairo, IL.

I’m in Cheyenne, WY right now. It’s real pretty with the rain clouds hanging just off where the mountains and valley intersect. I had to take the trailer to get its annual DOT inspection. Put me a hour behind but it’ll all work out. I’m actually in a T/S tonight and it’s noisy. The weather is cool enough to leave the windows down but with all the diesels running, one can’t hear themselves think. So, I’m running the a/c.

Hope everyone is ready with their fireworks, the big day is next weekend. I wonder how many people really don’t know what July 4th means? Do you? Be care and enjoy…

The sandpaper will be in Ontario Sunday afternoon ready to go hang on the hangers of your local hardware store. Please, go buy some, you know you’ll need it soon. I can always bring more!

We have to start sharing with others how we feel about the country we grew up in. The one we are proud of. Remember the words of JFK? WE are a nation of exceptional people, full of people who could do anything when they set their minds to it. Yet, we need some help to get back there.

The start of a new day. The first day of our fight to build the America we know for our kids.

One of the benefits I hadn’t thought of when I started driving across this wonderful country is that I would actually get to SEE it. It is beautiful, all of it. America was blessed with an ever changing landscape. It doesn’t look the same when you see it from either direction. Last week I was driving a route I’ve been over at least a dozen times, back and forth. Yet, on this trip I noticed something I hadn’t seen before. [And ask people who’ve ridden with me, I tend to watch the scenery more than the road]. I never get bored looking at what I’m driving through. The land, the cities, the people. Together it all makes up this country.

A song could be written about the beauty this land has to offer us.

A storm comes up over the valley.

I start everyday praying as I drive down the road. It’s usually dark still, the roads are quiet, with less traffic and as I’m surrounded by the beauty of this great country, it seems like the perfect time to give thanks and talk with God. Lately as I ask for God’s guidance upon our nation’s leaders, tears begin to flow. I can’t help myself as I fear for what we’re allowing to happen to this country. And how it affects my kids and grandkids. We have turned our back on God. It shows in the kind of nation we have become. The kind of people we are electing are a mirror image of the kind of people we have become. Regardless of who you call your God, we are not electing Godly people to govern us. Just look at the news headlines. Look at what we and the media now call as normal behavior. Yet we sit quickly on the sidelines, watching. We tell family and friends about how bad it is and yet do nothing. WE have become the frog that is slowly being cooked. We could jump out. But we don’t. Why not?

I’m writing this because I have decided to jump out. I’m sharing my ideas on how I think we can fix America. I’ll share it with anyone who will listen. And I’ll vote and encourage everyone else to also. While it’s not very much, I have to do something. I can no longer stand aside, waiting for someone else to do it.

If it’s going to change, it has to start with me!

There is light at the end of the tunnel if we all work together to take back our land and restore it to greatness!

We have to start sharing with others how we feel about the country we grew up in. The one we are proud of. Remember the words of JFK? WE are a nation of exceptional people, full of people who could do anything when they set their minds to it. Yet, we need some help to get back there.

The start of a new day. The first day of our fight to build the America we know for our kids.

One of the benefits I hadn’t thought of when I started driving across this wonderful country is that I would actually get to SEE it. It is beautiful, all of it. America was blessed with an ever changing landscape. It doesn’t look the same when you see it from either direction. Last week I was driving a route I’ve been over at least a dozen times, back and forth. Yet, on this trip I noticed something I hadn’t seen before. [And ask people who’ve ridden with me, I tend to watch the scenery more than the road]. I never get bored looking at what I’m driving through. The land, the cities, the people. Together it all makes up this country.


A song could be written about the beauty this land has to offer us.

A storm comes up over the valley.

I start everyday praying as I drive down the road. It’s usually dark still, the roads are quiet, with less traffic and as I’m surrounded by the beauty of this great country, it seems like the perfect time to give thanks and talk with God. Lately as I ask for God’s guidance upon our nation’s leaders, tears begin to flow. I can’t help myself as I fear for what we’re allowing to happen to this country. And how it affects my kids and grandkids. We have turned our back on God. It shows in the kind of nation we have become. The kind of people we are electing are a mirror image of the kind of people we have become. Regardless of who you call your God, we are not electing Godly people to govern us. Just look at the news headlines. Look at what we and the media now call as normal behavior. Yet we sit quickly on the sidelines, watching. We tell family and friends about how bad it is and yet do nothing. WE have become the frog that is slowly being cooked. We could jump out. But we don’t. Why not?

I’m writing this because I have decided to jump out. I’m sharing my ideas on how I think we can fix America. I’ll share it with anyone who will listen. And I’ll vote and encourage everyone else to also. While it’s not very much, I have to do something. I can no longer stand aside, waiting for someone else to do it.

If it’s going to change, it has to start with me!

There is light at the end of the tunnel if we all work together to take back our land and restore it to greatness!

Let’s change the air in the tires. Close your eyes and let’s travel back to the summer of 1919. You’re on the Lincoln High, just west of Grand Island, NE. There’s an army transport truck lying on its side with a broken axle, like a dying beast of burden. For the colonel this was just another mishap in a string of opportunities to see how America could get from the left coast to the right coast. Of course, this trek was but one of many transcontinental motor convoys across this great land.

This was simply in the middle on one of the first journeys the colonel was undertaking. Thus the story of the interstate highway system begins. The mission was to understand the challenges the American Army would encounter if our homeland was ever invaded and there was a need to get men and equipment from here to there in a hurry.

This convoy consisted of 81 military vehicles and stretched out over 2 miles, sitting on the South Lawn of the Big House on Penn Ave. That marker was painted with a zero, it was the starting point and it’s still there I’m told. As they are on all major highways, in order to help let you know where you are on that state’s highway system. It’s July 1919 and the convoy will soon meet the Lincoln Highway in southern Pennsylvania as it makes its way to SanFran, CA. Today that highway is marked as US Highway 30 and runs a long way towards the right coast.

A young lieutenant colonel from KS was along for the ride as an observer of the new Army Tank Corps. And ‘for the adventure of it’ as he stated later. This ride would forever change him and molded the relationship he would have between defense and America’s road system. Oh, the young man’s name was Dwight and would become the 34th President. Because of his foresight and leadership the interstate he championed was built. It’s named after him and there are markers everywhere along the Dwight D. Eisenhower Interstate Highway System.

Signed into law in 1956, he lead the project as the first feasible plan to build a high-speed highway system connecting the country he first rode across in a tank. Bringing together government bodies on all levels in every state, the plan was for the Feds [90%] and states [10%] to cover the costs. This way the system would be uniform in design, standards and construction, thus ensuring the system would be safe for everyone everywhere they went. The states are responsible to maintain the Interstate Highway System.

can you name this vehicle?

The 47,000 miles in the Interstate Highway System equals only 1% of the over 4 million miles of roads in the country. Yet that 1% handles over 25% of all vehicle traffic. All interstate roads must have 2 lanes in each direction, with each lane being at least 12’ wide, curves must be designed to keep a car safely on the road at 70mph in the country and 50mph in cities and towns. There are 55,000 bridges and 104 tunnels all having the same design standards and requirements of construction.

So the next time you ‘take a drive’ try to remember a time when there wasn’t a gas station along the side of the road. Or whether you had to pack a lunch because there wouldn’t be a place to pull over to get something to eat. And sleeping? Maybe that’s where the saying, ‘did you bring a sleeping bag?’ came from. No, I stayed at a Howard Johnson’s last night!

And to think of it, nothing you have, use or own would get to you without trucks rolling on Dwight’s highway. So, say ‘thanks’ to the colonel sometime soon.

This post is an Editorial focused on the shape America is in because the majority of us have been standing quietly on the sidelines for too long. I’m hoping lots of people read this, because, I believe this has to be said. This is my soap box. Enjoy the pictures, they are real, I took them. The opinions are real, they’re mine also.

‘Were not going to take it’, the single hit song Twisted Sister had. The song’s aimed at an overbearing father who is telling his song to shape up. The kid just wants to ‘ROCK’. Thus…we’re not going to take it.

First recorded in the early 80’s, the message is just as good today. However, Americans seem to be willing to take anything that’s told them and then go about whatever they were doing. WE have become so busy whatever we’re doing, we don’t see what’s happening to our beloved America. We have become the willing frog.

I got out of the truck to get some ice cream, it was hot in IA and I thought it would taste good. I got back into the truck and see this butterfly on a wash towel. I thought it was dead but it wasn’t. Just resting I guess! When I was done with the photo shoot, I gently held its wings and dropped him out the window. He fell and then flew away.


In Big Springs, NE, close to the CO and WY border, I found what was left of this truck. The fire did a good job of burning it to the ground. I hope the guy had insurance. Which someone probably had as he trailer and freight were still attached. Waiting for someone to show up and determine what happened.

The governor of Texas is asking the state to pray for the country. Perry is inviting all 49 governors to join him in Houston to pray and “call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles,” he says on the event’s website, called “The Response.” I think he should take it a step further. WE are a nation of different faiths, with people who believe in a God other than the one we pray to. We have to put the difference in our ‘God’ aside and ask everyone to join together in asking ‘God’ to heal this land. We have to take back this land from those who are trying to make it the largest third-world country on earth. WE have to come together and ask God for another chance to be one nation under God. And then let God sort out who is going to be King!

The sun’s coming up over the NM desert, west of Gallup. There was smoke in the valley east of the AZ/NM border and ran almost to Gallup. The red cloud turned out to be smoke from the fires in NE AZ.

Coming into Ontario was pretty easy, not a lot of traffic. I turned down a load going to MN because I didn’t have the hours on Thursday to even pick it up. When they didn’t have another for me Wednesday, I knew I’d be doing a 34-reset of my hours. Friday I turned down a great load to FL because the only thing coming out of FL this time of year are plant loads. Usually, WallyWorld, 35k’s of little plants, that the driver has to carry to the end of the trailer. For $15 a drop, usually 18-22 drops per load. Way to much work for my back, regardless of what they would pay!

Up on I80 headed to Cheyenne, WY, this huge storm cloud developed, dropping a lot of hard rain and gold ball size hail. I thought for sure I’d break my brand-new windshield. I drove out of the storm in about 45minutes.

Picked up 40k’s of Hormel Chili Friday afternoon. Stayed in Ontario Friday night and left early Sat morning. Ran hard all weekend to set myself up to roll into Davenport IA early Tuesday morning.

A picture of hail hitting the windshield. Hail on my windshield, my newly replaced windshield.

Not sure where I’ll go to next. Probably back to SoCal if the pattern stays the same.

Stay safe friends, play hard but be nice, do something this summer you’ve always wanted to do. Make all the work you put in all year worth-while…you’ll always have the memories.

A really long truck and trailer carrying a big load. The rear of the trailer is controlled by remote control either by the truck driver or the trailing pilot car. The trailer will fold up on top of itself, to about ¼ the size as seen. This type of load pays up to $10-15/mile depending on type of load and distance. Pretty cool.

from east to west…

June 1, 2011

Early morning clouds.

Lots of hard rain, lots of lighting and very dark clouds.

A load to Panama, IA was quick and an easy drop and hook. I had a 303 miles dead head to pick up my next load in Eagan, MN. The 1875miles back to the wonderful land of fruits and nuts once again.

Only one race yesterday, GrandAm Rolex from Limerock, CN in New England. One of the oldest road racing tracks in the country. I listened from start to finish. My favorite drivers were involved in an accident on lap 9 and finished 6th. But are still leading the championship. And the drivers I dislike the most had a DNF. Oh, so sad….


Good looking custom built cropper. Very cool

There’s still lots of water in the fields around the Mississippi River. The fields around the Missouri River are flooding also. This is up-stream from Omaha, so Omaha wouldn’t flood.


On a trip through the mountains west of Kingman, AZ there are these formations made when hot lava breaks the earth’s surface and begins to cool as it boils up over itself. I just love nature!

In Panama I found this turtle, just a turtle…hitching a ride

This the way they clean trailers at a transfer location in Panama, IA. Airplanes are actually washed in a similar fashion.

The storms that were so big and bad going to MN were gone by the time I came back through Des Moines before heading West to Cheyenne.

I ran into huge hail, really heavy rain and lighting on my way there. Then 30 minutes later it was clear blue skies. And I had a pretty clean truck…washed by Mother Nature! BTW – I had to break out the sleeping bag in Cheyenne, down to 36 last night….burrrrr.

Tonight, I’m in Fillmore, UT, 150miles south of SLC on I15. Cloudy, cool and there are lots of flies waiting in the fields I’m parked next to for me to get out of my truck so they can invade my home. I think I’ll wash the windshield tomorrow and leave the flies right where they are.

Headed to Ontario, CA to deliver Wednesday early afternoon. Will probably only have about 2 hours left out of my 70 to drive on. Then will only have 6 hours to drive on Thursday. Hope I don’t get a load until Friday morning, because then I’ll have my 70 hours back. Confused yet? I sure am.