it was so funny….

July 26, 2011


Sunset over Sidney, NE, about 125 miles east of Cheyenne, WY. And I cleaned the windshield but you’d never know it from the ‘love-bugs’ on it.

Just watched the movie, What About Bob and laughed through the whole thing. It fits my sense of humor.

Park City, UT, sunrise. A hot air balloon is up early flying over the mountains into Salt Lake City. It came right over the freeway. I thought for a minute it was going to land on the road.

In Bereshford, SD tonight, waiting to unload in the morning. Have a load of plastic bottles they’ll recycle into drainage hose that farmers use under their fields to help with drainage. It’s also used in football fields, parks, etc, anywhere they want to drain water away from something. I picked it up in SoCal on late Friday afternoon.

I didn’t have to sit anytime at all after unloading in SoCal. It was another successful load of sandpaper from 3M waiting to go to your local Home Depot.

This is a pretty long trailer, 12 axles, 8 tires per axle. Probably carries 275 or 300,000#’s. My truck can carry 80k. It had a puller truck and a pusher truck. It hinges in 6 places.

The truck is rolling smooth and straight after having the tires trued and front end aligned in Rock Springs, WY last week.

The Mississippi River was flooding and they flooded the farms north of Omaha. This sand bags were keeping the water from flooding the highway. Where were 2 bridges out in Omaha and my detour was 50miles around. One farm house had been built way above the surrounding farm land but when the land was flooded, it cut off access to the house. It looked pretty funny, an island in the middle of a ‘lake’ with a house on it.

And I have a P/P for tomorrow. I pick up a load of turkey meat going to Louis Rich in Newberry, SC for Friday.

Another beautiful morning sun rise. The left over storm clouds from the night before. Love the way the morning sun reflected on the higher clouds and show cased the darker rain clouds behind them.

More tire problems. It seems to be a never ending bottomless pit of late. And I really don’t have any idea on what might be the problem. I had a front tire cupping on the outside edge. I flipped the tire around on itself and drove another 6-7000 miles. I had the front end looked at by an International dealer and was told everything looked OK. Not wanting to have a blow-out, I had the tire replaced on Monday morning. Bridgestone will take the old damaged tire and determine what is the problem and if it’s a defective tire, will refund some amount towards the new tire I bought. I’m not holding my breathe. The tire place [GCR] also looked at the front end and agreed everything looked OK.

I’m still not happy with the ride or amount of vibration coming out of the front end. So I took it into a Bridgestone dealer this morning in Rock Springs, WY. I have to find out what’s going on and get it repaired. As I talked with the shop foreman, I saw where the tires weren’t round on the rims, as we spun them on the hub, they moved up and down. This would account for some of the vibration. They took off the Centamatics I had on the front. They removed the balancing weights from each tire, and remounted the steers. Then they rotated all 10 tires, side to side. After that they trued the steers on the hubs, cutting off strips of tire so they are now round. Next it was a trip to the alignment station. They examined the 3-axle alignment I had done 45000 miles ago. Thankfully it was all pretty good. They made a couple of minor changes and called it finished.

I haven’t had a trailer under it yet but on the 15 miles I’ve driven it is much smoother and rides a lot nicer.

Of course, my day couldn’t end there. As I was fueling before hooking up to the trailer to leave, I noticed I had a small crack in one of the rubber radiator hoses. The radiator cap appears to be leaking and probably should be replaced. I went to a semi repair shop and they don’t have parts for an International. And neither does any other shop in Rock Springs. The closest one is in Salt Lake City, some 250 miles away. I ordered it to come in tomorrow [Thursday].

This is where I delivered the sugar dust Sunday from the gum factory. It was a mess. But there were no bugs, anywhere, and I would have thought there would have been. The boxes in the photo are the actual cardboard containers the plastic bags of sugar dust were packed in.

I then went back to the trailer and got out the pop-rivet gun I bought to repair the side cargo door. But the tool is broken, it has a working part that is broken or installed wrong. Thus it won’t ‘pop the rivet’ as it should. Back to the repair shop to have them repair the door but their ‘gun’ is missing. I went to buy another tool and it was $95 from Car Quest. I passed. I then went to Home Depot and they had 3 different styles of them. I bought the ‘best’ one. Outside I tried to repair the door and found I have the wrong size rivets. Need very large [round] ones. I returned the tool. And will go to Peterbilt in the morning to see if they can repair my door.

The storm clouds over Cheyenne as I rolled into town. It rained and dropped the temp to 65. Next morning it was 55 when I left, about 430am.

It’s been one of those days. And then my new accounting company called that my mail is still being returned to them. It’s also going back to my leasing company. Oh, well, tomorrow promises to be better. The good thing is I did take an hour walk in the beautiful sunshine of Rock Springs. It was 75 at noon today here.

And I was really hoping to be in LA tomorrow! Guess not now. But, Honey, how was your day?

While walking to the ninth hole, one psychiatrist said to his colleague, ‘Would you believe that yesterday I had a patient who claimed he heard music every time he put on his hat on?’

‘Really? What did you do?’ asked his colleague.

The first psychiatrist answered. ‘I took it away and removed the band!’

I think this is really funny…but then …

Coming up over Paducah, KY, the morning welcoming sun is trying to fill the Saturday sky. It’s about 75 degrees and wet, about 85% humidity. You can almost see the heat waves mixed with the wetness in the photo.

I’ve been pretty busy of late. Had a couple of back to back runs after sitting in Ontario having the A/C repaired. Now I’ll lose a day having the tire/front end checked. But I can’t take the chance of having a blow-out in the truck at 65 and will need to have any problem corrected.

I also bought season 6 of the TV show MacGyver! Wouldn’t everyone have loved to be him at one time of another!?! Well, almost everyone would love to…someone I’m pretty close to probably doesn’t even know who I’m talking about! TV has changed sooooooooooooooo much, it’s almost laughable what we enjoyed back then.

Running down the road in a lite mist I found little tiny lights flying towards me. Fireflies, lighting up the evening sky. Not so you could use the light, only see the results. I remember the kids collecting them while we lived in FL in the late ‘70’s.


A long nose ‘39 Lincoln made to look like a semi-truck. Built in Canada, it started out as a ’54 Peterbilt and has an ’85 drive line. Painted a gloss gun metal silver, it really looks like an old Lincoln town car.

One of the steer tires I bought in April is going bad, cupping real bad. I’ll have it looked at in MN on Monday. Hopefully, nothing will be wrong with the front end of the truck. I had a 3-axle alignment done in April when I bought the tires. Something else to replace…


A sunrise over NM. A few storm clouds added for color.

The upper mid-west is still under water. A few roads are still closed and I’ve had to detour around a flooded bridge or road. Or maybe detour around the whole freeway like in LA this weekend.


Sunset over northeastern Iowa while it as raining on my way to south of Chicago.


Storm clouds and rain in Flagstaff. The snow is gone but still we see God’s handy-work in the form of a double rainbow. The other half of the second rainbow is really hard to see, yet it was there. As always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I was broke down for the night in St. Joe, MO. having a starter replaced for the second time this year, which was under warranty. They found a problem with the key switch and that was replaced as was the starter relay. Of course they weren’t covered under any warranty!

I’m hauling 38k#s of dust to a pet food maker in MN. They’ll add it to the feed for cattle, sheep and family pets. Not just cheap feed but also good stuff, like Science Diet, I was told. Oh, the dust comes from a factory making something we all have tasted and some of us enjoy everyday…


Driving into Atlanta Thursday afternoon, I saw what had to be the modern version of taking the roosters to market. In the current situation we find ourselves in, some people are doing whatever they have to as they make ends meet. However, they may also be on their way to a cock-fight!


The same set of storms that blew thru so many towns in the south, went thru the country side northwest of Atlanta, and it takes everything in its path.


No, my shaver is not broken, thought I needed a new look. Think I’ll keep the new look for awhile, I kinda like it!

I hope everyone is doing well, your summer full of fun and family. Maybe a vacation or two over one of the summer holidays. I hope you enjoyed the photos. To really enjoy a fresh, refreshing summer dessert, try adding a ‘dusting’ of sugar from some Wrigley’s gum.

The sun coming up, promising us another day…

Mannix, the forefather of ALL great TV cops and robber shows. I remember staying up and watching a show while waiting for Chrissy to join us! I bought the second season at WallyWorld last week. Watching these old shows is really funny. The clothes, cars, gun fights and wounds without blood or even bullet holes. It puts a smile on my face of simpler times, polite people and promises that all is right with our world. Except the ‘bomb’ was always there in the back ground.


Just a pretty cloud formation….

The last couple of weeks have been busy. I’ve been from coast to coast and back again. Then up to MN before heading back to SoCal again. One of these trips I’ll actually run through the house and collect my mail and see a few old friends.

The ghost in my dash has been asleep for a few days. I busted my butt driving into LA to drop a day early so I could get my windshield replaced again and have my APU looked at. The APU is fine, the windshield is clear and I have a full 70 hours on my clock. And once ready to roll and having a load to MO, my A/C decides to stop working. Which is where I’m waiting to have it repaired. They say tomorrow, tomorrow. Sounds like there could be a song in there somewhere.


Outside Cheyenne, WY. Looks like a mushroom cloud. Hanks God it’s not!

Oh, no, it looks like Mannix is in over his head. His client is turning out to be the bad guy…and he’s always getting shot at.


Ever see a bee actually stopped in flight? Buzzing outside your car?