Wednesday, May 06, 2009
NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT THREE SURPRISES
The first surprise didn't stay secret for too long. After all, I've often said that truck drivers are just like women gossiping over the clothes line, and the word traveled fast. Seems the CVSA's (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) Surprise Inspections Keep Brake Safety in Check was held today, and at their first sighting the warnings were put out on the radio and QualComm. Nothing much to be worried about when routine checks are made on the equipment. But imagine their second surprise when upon doing a pre trip inspection this morning, the sound of hissing air was heard. That's not good. Following the sound, and eventually having to crawl under the truck to find the source of the leaking air, Craig took a picture of it for me. He really is starting to take his blogging correspondence duties seriously. After trying everything he could think of to stop the leak, it was determined that road service would need to be advised. After all, no one in their right mind would dare attempt to drive anywhere when surprise inspections were being conducted. Road Service located a little hole in the wall automotive repair shop that could replace the faulty connection. Thankfully, it was only a couple of miles down the road from the truck stop that Craig and Don had stopped at last night in La Pine, OR. They had to wait for the serviceman to arrive this morning, and after a quick repair they were headed south. A beep from the QualComm gave them their third surprise. They were to swap loads with another driver in Weed, CA and deliver bananas again back in Pulluylap,Wa by 5am tomorrow morning. It is a tight delivery, but with the two of them, and just a bit of team driving, they should be able to pull it off with no problems.