Sunday, August 8, 2010
____DAY 2: 1489 miles to Uxbridge, On. and three days to get there, so no hurry on a long holiday weekend. Highway 17 along the north shore of Lake Superior with my sights set on Sault Ste. Marie for day-ending fuel and a shower. But my attention is drawn to the low fuel warning light; the level drops dramatically, as if the tank is holed. On inspection; I have plenty of diesel, but is all in the large left side tank which is not the tank from which the supply to the engine is pumped. The pipe linking the tanks must have a blockage; all I can do is park-up and hope it is only a partial restriction and that the levels will even out overnight.
____DAY 4: Two of the 3 trucks with the new showroom for Viking Trailers are unloaded onto probably the worst laid-out building site I have ever seen. The third drives up when I'm breakfasting at the nearby Esso station. The reload arrives at noon; 200 miles away at Sarnia. Two guys are working overtime at the steel fabrication shop; as it is just one big vessel, loading takes less than twenty minutes and it's only 22,000 lbs. If I'm going to get unloaded on Friday I'll need a few miles today, so i push on to Parry Sound.
____DAY 5: Sarnia to Regina: transiting the USA is 2400 kms. Staying on Canadian soil clocks up 2940 kms. Before 9-11-2001, going through the States would have been allowed but since the fall of the Twin Towers, trucks have had to go the long way round. A thousand kay day on the north shores of Huron and Superior, around to Nipigon.
____DAY 6: Another thousand kilometres to Brandon and the job is looking good. Four hours left in the morning; get unloaded; too late for a reload; they wont want to pay me for sitting about all weekend; run home empty. It pays to think things through on this job and the Esso at Brandon has free internet and a Tim Hortons next door.
____DAY 8: Two packs of decking lumber delivered and onto Neepawa; two more packs of decking and just the crates to go back to the Steinbach yard. Rolling up at two in the afternoon wasn't what I expected but you can never figure out this job with any degree of certainty. Plus side: the yard is stacked out with loaded trailers. My next load is to Etobicoke in Ontario, a town named after Nigeria's second choice goalkeeper at the 1994 World Cup.
____Overall Distance:- 5936 kms.