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.
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.
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!
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