Monday, April 27, 2009


I had a great weekend in Walla Walla, WA while Craig and his trainee made their way south. The load was finally ready to be picked up Saturday morning, but not without a bit of confusion. When he called, there was some debate between several people as to whether the load was in fact ready. After a lot of "yes it is" and "no it isn't", it was ruled that it was and Craig and Don were hooked up and ready to scale.

I didn't get all the details, but there was some problems with scaling, and now that I know they are safely past all the weigh stations, how they solved it was by moving the trailer tandems just a bit further back than is legally allowed in California. But as they say, "no harm, no foul" least this run!

They made it into Pollard Flat,CA Saturday night, another first, as we have always commented about staying there, but have never had it work out time wise on any runs. Craig did all of the driving on Saturday and come Sunday morning, Don was in the driver's seat for most of the day. Another first was that the huge weigh station, just before going over the Grapevine in southern California was closed! Come to find out, there was a major accident on the pass and they needed the extra help so they closed the scales.

Craig, ever the task master, upon arriving at the Flying J in Lebec, CA had his trainee practice his backing skills in the parking lot of the truck stop. Craig had intentionally bought some small orange cones just for this purpose and they worked out well.

When he called me, Craig was putting up with some warm weather, while I was telling him that yet again the forecasters were predicting snow. But I'm happy to report that it is just raining this morning, as it is slightly above freezing here. Craig is busy in sunny LA making his three deliveries, including the dreaded Ralph's, where I have asked him to take some photos. Don't hold your breath though, I doubt he will remember!

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