Utah. I-70, again. Going up the Black Dragon Canyon Pass.
I'm glad I only had about 12000 lbs in my trailer, made the climb a little easier.
Thru my windshield.
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915 this morning as I was waiting for the tow truck.
That's the intersection of Wellington and Commissioner in London, Ontario.
It was supposed to be an easy and short day, hook a trailer, go to pick up 30 kilometers away, load, bring it back home. Then leave for Maple Plain, MN Saturday afternoon.
But this stupid snow storm had other plans for me.
I got to the load part fine but then it went wrong.
At that intersection, the car in front of slammed on his brakes to stop on a yellow.
I had to slam on my brakes too. But that can create problems.
Like little mounds of snow in front of the tires. And a little ice underneath the tires. Combined that to the small grade up of the street, when the light went green, I was able (with great difficulty) to make it almost half way into the intersection.
Then forward progress stopped.
(Here's a little piece of advice for you folks: when you are behind a truck that's barely moving forward, don't tailgate him.)
A silver minivan driven by a not very bright young woman, followed me no farther than 3 feet off my rear bumbper, meaning I was not able to go forward OR backward.
And every time I tried to go, I slid back a little.
Less than 5 minutes in the middle of the road. blocking 3 lanes of a major street, a police officer knocked on my door and asked me what he could do.
He and another officer were able to block and clear the line behind me far enough that I could back up and try to make a run for it.
But that failed and we had to call for a tow.
1 hour 45 minutes and $263 later I was on my way.
To a truck stop to weigh my truck and trailer.
Another little problem, I have 39500Lbs on my trailer axles. Only 34000 is allowed.
And no way I'm going back to shipper and get stuck in town again, I bring it back to our warehouse and shop staff will unload it and reload it (hopefully properly).
...and said "Back to work".
I got home for the Holidays on December 23rd 2008 and got back to work this morning, January 6th 2009.
1st picture thru my windshield of 2009 with the 9.2MP Kodak camera I got for Christmas.
"Welcome back to work Luke"
-signed "US Customs".
Spent about 2 hours there waiting for release by USDA.
Another "Welcome back" courtesy of ACT.
This week I went from Ingersoll, Ontario to Oshkosh, Wisconsin then to Minnieapolis, MN. And from there to here in Ferndale, WA.
It's now Friday night.
Monday morning, I will deliver my load in Vancouver, BC.
Between Oshkosh and here, I took over 600 pictures.
Here are about 550 of them.
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