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18 wheels… and a dozen reasons I shouldn’t drive TRUCK!

It wasn’t Needles Highway… but it felt like it! A daunting drop off on either side… my green semi and I. Like dangling a hippopotamus on a tightrope!

With 18 WIDE wheels, one lone trail, and a crazy driving history… I was scared.

White knuckles, I grabbed the oversized steering wheel. How fitting: I’m wearing “I fell in love with a John Deere boy” on my t-shirt. I adjusted the air-ride seat. Guess I’m fit to drive a rig.

“Don’t drive in the track… ride the ridge. If you don’t, you’ll wreck the truck,” my farmer instructed.

This grass-lined road and my rig was like pulling a firehose through a straw!

This grass-lined road and my rig was like pulling a firehose through a straw!

Ride the ridge? I don’t even know where my tires are! I know they’re under the semi – but exactly where? My mind was picturing… somewhere within a 3 foot area – but my tires needed to fit unto a small 18 inch ridge. this is not good. it’s bad.

My driving record flashed! Taking a corner too tight and hanging my rig in mid-air. only 16 wheels touching earth. 18 were supposed to.

What about the traffic jam I caused? And… the fence I wrapped around the plow? How do I get myself in these predicaments? glancing at my t-shirt… I remember.

It’s spring planting. Hectic. Time-crunched. Adrenaline-driven. Stretched-to-the-limits. So the world can eat.
My farmer needs me, and I want to help.

Balancing on the narrowing ridge I shifted into low. Two-miles. I can do this. How long can two miles really take? (Just ask a beginning runner.) The drive felt like 200 miles.

I carefully… ever-so-slowly… took the rig down the needle. Like a cooked spaghetti noodle in a confining cardboard box, I tried to maintain my rigid, determined spirit.

The most intense driving of my life. I was sweating. Profusely. I was cursing. Everything.

“I’d rather drive 500 miles in a white-out blizzard, than drive that road with this rig again,” I yelled! I pulled the parking break. Leaving that nasty green machine in the dust.

At least for the day.

Like the lone rider, this big rig and I take a road that seems to have no end!

Like the lone rider, this big rig and I take a road that seems to have no end!

But tomorrow, I’ll try it again.
I’ll jump behind the wheel, smile wide, and give it another spin!
All… because I fell in love with a farm boy!

threading this big daddy through the fields where your food is grown....

threading this big daddy through the fields where your food is grown….

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