|Henry's Lake, ID|
Among the comments there were questions concerning the new truck, and trucking in general, and I promise to get to those. I really do enjoy the questions. It gives me ideas for what your interested in knowing about.
This week has been a blah week. We had good miles and made good money, but it just got off to a gooey start and really hasn't climbed the hill very far above the mud hole it started in.
We left home Sunday morning and arrived in Grand Forks, ND by 5:00 to deliver our potatoes. Of course there were trucks in front of us and we didn't get out of there till nearly 11:00 that evening. There have been a lot of potatoes going to Grand Forks.
The next morning, we loaded more potatoes in Cando, ND and headed back to Idaho. A short distance from our pick up we stopped to grab a Subway sandwich in Rugby, ND, which is apparently the geographical center of North America.
This incident was no big surprise. We all tend to give Swift a wide berth when possible. Anyway, the driver was nice enough, even though he asked Malcolm to ignore the damage, (which Malcolm wasn't about to do). He had dragged his trailer for several feet, the whole time scraping against the corner of our trailer.
After a few days of not hearing from Swift, Malcolm contacted them, emailed in the pictures and repair estimate that we'd gotten, and waited. A couple hours later there was an emailed reply.
I am not going to consider that estimate. Its cosmetic at best. I am willing to make an appearance allowance.
Let me ask you, if Swift had backed into your car and scratched it, would you expect them to pay to have the cosmetic scratch repaired? Or would you be ok with driving around with a scratched door. I mean the car still runs, doesn't it?
My feeling is, maybe Swift, with their hundreds of trucks and trailers, and their hundreds of drivers who ding things up on a daily basis, doesn't mind having dented and scratched equipment. But Johnson Trucking works mainly with one truck and one trailer, both of which we pay for and take great pride in. We have an exceptional safety rating with the DOT because we haven't gone around backing into vehicles or running off the road. I challenge someone to look up Swift's safety rating.
And perhaps the trailer still works even though it's damaged, but it looks bad. And equipment that looks bad draws the eye of the DOT. It also devalues the trailer, the trailer that we pay for, which I already mentioned.
Sadly, as our insurance agent informed us, the huge corporate trucking companies are self-insured and can pretty much do what they want. It really is rather infuriating! He's working on it for us, and hopefully can make some progress with them. Time will tell. But really, would you stand for that?
We left ND in time to enjoy a beautiful evening in eastern Montana...
We reloaded potatoes and headed back to Grand Forks, driving all day and all night and pulling in around 5:00am on Wednesday. We were there all day long. There were about 17 trucks in front of us and to top it off, the conveyor had broken down. We were there until 7:00 that evening.
Fortunately (? I think ?) our reload was a 24 hour place. So we skipped over to Devil's Lake, ND and got loaded up. Another all night drive, along the nearly same route. At Bozeman, MT just before turning south towards ID, Malcolm ran into some snow showers. But the rest of the day was glorious, weather wise.
|rustic cabins near Henry's Lake, ID. I'd love to know their history and to take a closer look|
I'll be glad when this week is over. I'm hoping our spirits lift and things go more smoothly next week.
In happier news:
Some people have asked how Paris is doing after her incident last November. If you recall, Paris and I had an accident that resulted in a rather badly broken leg for Paris. It was a very traumatic event (more for me than her I think) and a slow healing process. After 6 weeks in a cast the bone had barely started to seal back together. When we went back in...March?...she was given a clean bill of health. There are still a couple small spots where the bone has not yet grown back around the steel pin, but the doctor felt that given time, it should. And in the mean time it won't be a problem for her.
For the most part, it's like the accident never happened. The doctor apologized that she's slightly bowlegged now, but most days I can't even tell. The only indication that anything ever happened is that our little acrobat, whether due to lack of confidence or the injury, can no longer jump to great heights like she used to. Eight out of ten attempts to jump onto the bed fail. I'm thinking this isn't exactly a bad thing. She hardly even tries, and that's that many less possible accidents waiting to happen. But aside from that, she's her same old lovin' life self, back to enjoying her usual beloved chores such as folding laundry and helping to make the bed.
I told her she needed to apologize for mooning everyone in the video, but she said that's just part of her personality and if her public loved her, they'd accept her for who she is.