Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Finally, an uneventful day.

Well, nothing broke, went flat, or leaked today. We made 500 miles in good time. We'll be home Friday afternoon if all goes well.
Here's Molly and Kate playing when we stopped today.

The scenery sure has changed from yesterday, this is Kansas.

The clouds were quite dramatic this afternoon, I don't think I have ever seen them like this before.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Headed east again.

Well, yesterday didn't go well at all. I got a good start over to load three vans, two were ready, but the third one didn't pass the quality inspection. I sat there for five hours waiting for them to get it fixed. I didn't leave Phoenix untill about 4pm. I guess I still don't have the fuel problem fixed, because I ran out of fuel in one tank about half way up a mountain. I didn't even get clear off of the road. I was able to get going again pretty quickly by siphoning into a small jug and putting some in the other side.

I did get some pretty pictures yesterday and today.

This is another of those pictures I have been trying to get for some time. This is better than some of the others, but it isn't quite what I want.


Pictures from Zoo

We went to the Zoo on Sunday. Here are some pics. This first one isn't at the zoo, but for those who wonder what I look like here it is. That's Poquito in the background.

These were taken at the Phoenix Zoo. The weather was very nice high 70's and sunny. The first time I went to this zoo it was about 120°.


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Day off

We got all of our stops done yesterday and are spending today at my cousin's house in Mesa,AZ. We've made tentative plans to go to the zoo today. I'm not at my own computer, so I have no pictures from yesterday. Here is one that I took last year.


Friday, February 20, 2009

In and out of LA

I got in and out of LA in one day with all of my deliveries done. I did lose some paperwork somewhere. Now I'll have to somehow get a signature again, or I won't get paid for one of the cars. I'm off to Las Vegas,NV tomorrow, then on to Phoenix,AZ to finish up a load that goes to the east coast.
Four scenes from today. Since I take most of these pictures without looking at the camera, I crop them to show only the good parts.

The hills are a pretty green this time of year.

Lots of windmills.

Early morning hills.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Goofy GPS

Things went better today, I'm still having the fuel problem, but I'm learning to deal with it. I did have to put on a new fuel filter, it got so I couldn't climb the mountains anymore. Lots of pictures today. The first one is of my GPS screen. The blue line is the route it wants me to travel, with the white arrows showing the path. I was to go straight through this interchange, but it thought I should go around the complete cloverleaf.

Horses in Arizona.

Panorama of the Continental Divide. This is actually 5 pictures laid end to end.

Kate and Molly at the Continental Divide.

I sure couldn't get them to pose for the picture, Kate just doesn't like to pose, and Molly always wants to lay down.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

More fuel tank woes.

We were doing real good, making good time, until I stopped for fuel in Guymon,OK. I stopped to take the windmill pictures, and fuel started running out of the overflow on the left tank. I was able to make an emergency fix and kept going, but the "fix" made the level in the other tank raise. When I stopped for the night, I was able to put a manual valve in one return line so that I can kind of manually control it until I can figure out what is causing this. I have already replaced all on the "normal" parts that might cause this. I was still able to make 506 miles today. I was also finally to get this picture.

I have stopped a couple of times to photograph this, I think I finally got it this time.

Here is another from today that I think is kind of neat.

Here's last nights sunset.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Made good miles today

Made over 600 miles today, kinda makes up for yesterday. Not only did I have to load in two places, which always takes more time, but I had to stop back in Huntington for more repairs. One fuel tank was getting empty, and the other was filling up. That took about two hours, then I got another 100 miles or so after that. I need to make good time for the next two days to deliver in CA on Friday.
Here are a couple of pictures from yesterday in Illinois.


Saturday, February 14, 2009


We finally got a load, things are slow all over. We leave tomorrow afternoon to be in eastern Ohio first thing Monday AM to load for the west.
After all of that warm weather, we got snow again last night. I took my camera with me on our early mourning walk. It was a really beautiful snow. Light and fluffy.

More later

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sunday night, still home.

Well, I've been home quite a few days now. We got some really warm weather on Friday, and almost all of the snow has melted. The dogs get pretty messy on their runs. I got some things done to the truck that I had been putting off. I completely redid the air and electrical connections between the tractor and trailer. They had been giving some trouble, I hope this takes care of it. There's a good chance that I won't get a load until Tuesday now.

Here are a couple of pictures from past trips.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Still home

We're still home tonight, I just got the truck back from the shop about an hour ago. Hopefully, I'll get a load out tomorrow, if not it will probably be next week.
Here is a picture I took south of Kokomo, IN Tuesday.

Sure looks like a good place to eat.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Stayed home today, finally got a chance to wander around outside and take some pictures. Here is one of a little fella trying to hold on 'till spring. Hopefully not much longer. I was near Punxsutawney,PA early on Feb 2nd and I certainly didn't see any shadows. I don't see how an 82 year old groundhog can see anything.

This picture was done with a new process I have just started playing with called HDR. It is really three pictures merged together to make one with better detail.
Here is a picture taken a while ago. The road must be for Kate and Molly.

That's all for tonight

Home agan,home again,jigady jig.

We got home about 8:30, ran into some snow and blowing snow south of Kokomo, IN. That stretch of US31 is bad anyway with traffic and stoplights. I should be home for a couple of days, catching up on chores, and getting the truck worked on.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Home tomorrow

If all goes as planned I should be home tomorrow night. I have some work to do on the truck, so I should be home for a couple of days. No load yet, but I hope it's out west again. I had sunshine most of the day today, it sure is easier to stay awake when the sun is shining.
Here's a picture of Kate and Molly watching me take pictures.

This is what I was taking a picture of. 1975 Unimog that I am taking to Carmel,IN

A Unimog is a Jeep type vehicle made by Mercedes Benz. It has a 6 cylinder diesel engine and air brakes. I was told by the man I picked it up from that the four door model like this one is unusual. I think it's really cool.

Since I don't have any scenery pictures from today's trip, I thought I would show some older scenes. I really don't know when these were taken.

Winter scene, farm in northern Utah.

Windmill farm in southern California.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Back in Brookville

We're back in Brookville, PA tonight. I delivered in Londonderry, NH then picked up three going back to Indiana and Illinois. I picked up a car in Chatham,MA that's just about as far east as you can get in Massachusetts.

Look at the lower right part of the map for Chatham.

Here are some pictures of Kate and Molly playing in the snow.