____ The cycling shorts have been exchanged for the insulated coveralls. 30 lbs. lighter and with the blood pressure down from 150 / 95 to an acceptable 125 / 85, I'm back at Big Freight. I have lost so much weight that several people have asked if I am suffering from some serious illness. When I tell them of the 4300 kilometre cycle tour of New Zealand; it only confirms that I have serious mental health issues.
____ I have signed on to truck number C592. a Kenworth T 800 from the same batch as C 596. It took the best part of a week to get the vehicle serviced, saftied, cleaned, insde and out. Also it's been re-equiped with straps, chains, bungies and tarps etc. Much better to get it all sorted in the yard than out on the road. First trip is 1610 miles; a load of steel from Selkirk, Manitoba with two drops; to the States of Iowa and Mississippi