- Total for 2012: 264567 km. 164619 miles.
- Average month: 22047 km. 13718 miles.
- Average trip: 5671 km. 3529 miles. 47 trips.
- January 22396 km.
- February 23504 km.
- March 22202 km.
- April 18374 km.
- May 22796 km.
- June 20922 km.
- July 24045 km.
- August 25515 km.
- September 23665 km.
- October 23254 km.
- November 22044 km.
- December 15850 km.
- The stats are for the truck; it went out to work when I had a week off in April and also did some other trips while I had log-hour resets. I could go through every log sheet and get my exact year distance but can't be arsed. I reckon it's about 8000 km from the total; so it's nice to crack the quarter of a million kilometres for the year.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
____Day 1: The truck went into the Peterbilt dealer to have the regeneration particle filter de-coked and didn't come back until two in the afternoon. But one of the advantages of this job is that it is nearly always a pre-loaded trailer leaving from the yard with all the customs clearance in place for a swift border crossing. So Sauk Centre in Minnesota is possible by early evening; before the snow comes down.
____Day 2: Indianapolis by the end of day two, only 7000 lbs of cardboard on the trailer, good fuel consumption as the weather warms up and the rain set in.
|Patched-up RV heading south for the winter.|
____Day 3: Springfield is a town name from every state; so it's difficult say where exactly Homer Simpson lives. Maybe it's Springfield, Virginia. The loads destination is just south of Washington, DC; a mile from the beltway.
____Day 4: When unloaded; the first of four pick-ups is just a few miles away at Dulles, the airport of Washington the capital city. The second is in Newark, Delaware, but not ready until the next afternoon.
____Day 5: Short day-light hours means that the run across from Newark to Huntington, West Virginia, is driven in the dark. 478 miles between pick-ups but it is west-bound and in the general direction of home.
____Day 6: Huntington to Celina, Ohio, for the last collection. Then to Rochelle and a night at the Petro Stopping Centre.
|Spread-axle fridge, colour-coded to match the cabover.|
____Day 7: Not enough time to get home, just enough for Fargo.
____Day 8: Back to the yard with another time for the city truck to go to town and see what he could deliver.
____Overall Distance: 6123km.
|Needle-nose Pete with late model air-cleaner and sleeper.|
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
____Day 1: First drop is just 6 hours away; so no need to leave early and when I do set off it is with Flying Eagle 31 and 32 in convoy. We both have three deliveries of cardboard and both of us start with the same place at St. Cloud, Minnesota.
|Big Sleeper Kenworth sporting stainless wrapped DEF tank.|
____Day 2: Paul is unloaded first but stays to help me handball-off my third of a trailer. He then sets off for Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Manassas Park, Maryland. A lot more miles than my deliveries at Columbia and St. Louis in Missouri. But the second drop is 545 miles away and will be closed before I get there. So it's fuel and a shower at Altoona, followed by a cross country run on Highways 163 and 63.
|Icy Road Ahead! Yeah, because of snow-making machines right next to Interstate 35.|
____Day 3: Despatching trucks with the benefit of hind-sight is so easy for a driver and annoys the hell out of the office. After delivering to Columbia and then St. Louis; I have to back-track to Jefferson City for the reload. Why didn't they send me to St. Louis first and I would have saved two hours driving and gallons of diesel? Quickly loaded with electric transformers; I retrace my wheel tracks to Ames, for a night on an Interstate 35 Rest Area.
|Possibly the oldest truck on a stick in existance.|
____Day 4: Over a thousand kilometres from home but with only 24,000 lbs and a tail-wind; it's an easy day. Running the last stretch of Interstate 29 with old Big Freight colleague, Terry Fennell, who after five years with the big green machines is starting as a truck-driving instructor in the New Year. Good luck with your new career, Terry.
____Overall Distance: 3523 km.
|Trucks in the auction at Richie Brothers : of course the orange one gets the podium spot.|
Saturday, December 1, 2012
|Carhenge, just outside the railroad town of Alliance in nort-west Nebraska.|
____Day 1: The last trip of November and already Winter has been here for a month. Peat-moss load to Colorado; south on the Texas route to start the trip, for a night at Cubby Bear's truckstop in Norfolk, Nebraska.
____Day 2: Overnight snow and westbound on Interstate 80. Into Colorado on Interstate 76 before going across country to Limon for fuel at the Interstate 70 junction. Finishing the day at the compost bagging plant, Fountain in Colorado.
|Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad.|
____Day 3: The highlights of a driving career, that has spanned five decades, are always the visits to unique, out of the way places far from the tourist trail. Travelling in Eastern Europe before the fall of the Iron Curtain gave me the privilege of experiencing the lifestyle of the ordinary communist citizen. My reload location at an organic seed packing farm in north-west Nebraska would not have been out of place on the plains of north-east Romania in the nineteen-eighties. An aura of dilapidation and disorganisation, buildings that have not seen a lick of paint for fifty years and every piece of farm equipment that every generation had ever purchased. All covered with four inches of snow. It also reminded me of my despairing farm days in the Dordogne; where every task commenced with the bodged repair of some inadequate tool. Before the sunflower seeds are loaded; the aging Datsun fork-lift needs snow chains and the pallet truck needs hydraulic oil. Loading finishes in the reflected light of a full moon on the drifted snow. Fully-locked differentials help me negotiate the six miles of dirt road; back to the highway.
|Loading point is the second farm on the left.|
|Backed-in, waiting to load at isolated farm near Rushville, Nebraska.|
____Day 4: The Pilot/Flying'J truckstop group seem to be on a spending spree; all across North America. Independant travel plazas are being transformed overnight and the old Double H Truckstop at Murdo surprises me with it's new red and yellow livery. It puts more points on my loyalty card but a tank full of cheap "southern" diesel is not the best thing for a trip to north Saskatchewan. As I head north across the border, the temperature plummets and a top-up of good quality Winter diesel is needed from Moose Jaw. At -23 degrees C; I keep the big Cummins running all night, using the engines high-capacity fuel pump to circulate and warm the fuel in the twin tanks.
|Rocky Mountain Double with long-drawbar pup hauling Frac-sand.|
____Day 5: It's mid-morning by the time I unload the sunflower seeds at Parkside. Then it's more seeds; this time flax. A trailer to be loaded for Evansville, Indiana, but not available until tomorrow from Churchbridge, Saskatchewan. Down to Yorkton for another night with the 15 litre night-heater rumbling away as the snow came down again.
|Churchbridge Seed Packing Enterprise in Saskatchewan.|
____Day 6: A state of the art seed packing plant; compared to Rushville, Nebraska, has the trailer loaded just after sunrise. Then it's back to the yard with the flax-seed. A load to be re-powered as I take a log-hours reset.
____Overall Distance: 5191 km.
|Snow-covered heap of Buffalo skulls.|
|On the hoof; waiting to go to the table.|