Sunday, September 30, 2012

Thousand Island Crossing.

____Day 1: Eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway, further than the peat-moss mine for the first time this year. Making use of Canada's 13 driving hours-a-day allowance; reaching Hearst, Ontario, late on a Monday evening.
____Day 2: Construction materials for a port on the Arctic Ocean coastline. The ice-pack is creeping south again and soon all the shipping from the Port of Valleyfield will stop for the winter. This is the last week that goods will be leaving and I must not miss the boat. Another long day of driving on the Canadian Shield, through the capital city of Ottawa, after rush-hour, and onto the banks of the St. Lawrence Seaway; ready for an early morning delivery.
Eastbound on Ontario Highway 401: crossed the median and westbound carriageway.
Roberts Turnpike Double buried in soft ground.

____Day 3: The wharfs of the North East Arctic Services have been bustling with activity on my previous visits. But this time it's just one Flying Eagle and the Coca-Cola truck unloading cargo for the last boat of the season. Next drop is Rochester, New York State. Upstream along the St. Lawrence before crossing at the Thousand Island Bridge. Cardboard for place where I have delivered twice before; then it's southwards across New York State on the toll-free Southern Tier Thruway, heading for New Jersey.
Great Lakes Freighter amongst the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

____Day 4: An elevated rail-road track with bridge clearances of  12' 6" frustrates my attempts to reach my final destination. Low cloud and drizzle don't help, but eventually I find a 13" 6" route under the tracks; leading me into a run-down docklands just a couple of miles from the Statue of Liberty. After unloading at a builders merchant, I contemplate a visit to the statue; the reload is not until Friday morning and only 170miles away. But it's not the sort of area where a truck could be safely left in the street, also the shitty weather wouldn't make for good photography. Plan B is the Mack Truck Museum at Allentown, Pennsylvania. Not my lucky day; only open Mondays,Wednesday, Friday, 10 to 4.
Steps in front of the steer axle and eight stud wheels.
Don't see that too often.

____Day 5: Cleaning fluid from a York, Pa, factory. Mistakenly loaded onto somebody else's trailer before being trans-shipped onto mine. A three hour un-needed delay to the journey back to Manitoba. But it's a warm autumnal afternoon along the banks of the Susquehanna River; heading for State College and Interstate 80. Fort Wayne, Indiana, at the end of the day.
Statue of Liberty on an island in the Susquehanna River.

____Day 6: Saturday morning traffic through Chicago, fuel and a shower at Black River Falls' Flying 'J. A trouble free run around the Minneapolis/St. Paul ring-road with it's extensive long-term road-works. Onto Sauk Centre and a night at the Truckers Inn.
Village of Genoa City ??? : Somebody should stop and have a word.

____Day 7: Breakfast with Mr. Ramsden at Grand Forks, before he heads down for a Monday 08.00 delivery in Wisconsin. Back in the yard by 3 o'clock.
____Overall Distance: 6234 km.

New addition to  the Flying Eagle Heavy-Haul Fleet : #42
Just waiting for those wide tyres to be fitted to the steering axle.

Have you always wondered what the hourly rate of pay is for this job?
57 miles per hour X 37 cents per mile = $21.09

1 comment:

  1. Not a bad rate for a truck driver!!!!!
    Beats my £8:50hr.....
    Great shots as always Chris and a nice ride out!! Safe driving mate!!