Tonight we are in McPherson, Kansas. We went to Dodge City. Unloaded, reloaded, went just outside of town unloaded and back to the other side of town to reload. Than to here where we had a little bit of a wait that I killed in Pinterest. Wrangler told Cinch. Watch out she is on Pintrest let the crazy ideas began. We waited for twenty minutes to be seated at Montana Mikes. Two workers stared right at us and did nothing. So we walked across the parking lot to Pizza Hut. We had a great waitress there. In the morning we will load and hit the road into Missouri.
Cinch was in the driver seat looking out the rolled down window. He waits until a guy walks directly below him and he let out a bark. The guy jumped four feet and said bad words. I laughed so hard. Wrangler was unloading the truck and heard what he yelled but not what happened. He laughed when he heard. The really funny thing was that the guy saw us earlier and knew we had dogs with us.
Today’s safety tip is on braking. Friday we were in a very close near miss because at the bottom of a three percent grade hill at a stop light the SUV went from forty to zero and left black marks from hitting his brakes so hard. The bad thing was the light was green. He did not turn or anything just came to a complete stop. We were six to seven car lengths back going under 30 when this happened but because there was no warning and it was a complete stop we about smashed him.
Did you know that for a car to stop from sixty miles per hour you need 200 feet. A semi takes at least double that to stop. It depends on if the truck is loaded or not. Or if the truck has engine brakes also known as Jake brakes. The distance it takes a truck to stop at sixty miles per hour is anywhere from 400-600 feet depending on these conditions.
This means when you slam on your brakes and have a semi behind you that the truck needs double the space you do to slow down. If your on a hill its going to even take more distance.
Jake brakes use the engine to help slow the truck down. Yes they are loud and possibly will scare you. Yet they help the truck decrease speed faster than normal shifting and braking. So next time you slam on your brakes for an accident and you hear them don’t freak out. The trucker is trying to keep you and himself safe.
Most truck drivers are away from their families for a week to a month at a time. They are out there because they need to support their families. They are possibly not people persons. Or they are just not happy any where else. Maybe they just are better off working alone. Those are reasons my husband drives truck. We are fouranate though that I can go along with him most of the time. When I send him away on his own I wave and as soon as he turns out of the drive I pray. Because without him my world would be horrible. I pray through out the day Lord keep him and the dog thats with him safe.
On the road I see a ton of crazy unsafe things. Friday was the worse day ever out on the road. There was on unsafe driver after another we dealt with. There are things that drivers do that are in cars that a big truck can not react well to. I hope sharing my prospective will show why there are so many accidents.
We have moved from the guest bedroom into the master bedroom. We had some remodeling to do in there. Well our new bedroom is set up. I have stuff to move still but for now I have enough to spend two nights. Until I can move our closet and other stuff. After a full day of work I am tired. Have a good week everyone.
Today has been a lazy day around our house I slept until seven which is sleeping in when I am home. Wrangler slept until noon. I made an easy lunch and than sat down and wake up to a phone call. Wrangler was the same way. Finally around three I put supper in the crock pot and did some around the house stuff. At six Wrangler decided it was time to move. He has been working on the bed. Hopefully tomorrow we can get everything assembled. I am also caught up on my tempature blanket.
Date: Sat, Jan 28 2017 at 12:25 AM
Tags: Semi • Crazy people
We took the route home that has the least traffic and crazy people from Lewis tonight. We were on the highway that goes over the Cedar Bluff dam and almost to interstate 70. We were a mile and half south of interstate when we come down a hill and at the bottom was a pick-up with a topper on it with no lights on. If we did not have our high beams on we would have t-bone it since it had no lights on. We got stopped in time. A Mexican man comes up to the truck. I instantly dial 911 into my phone to hit send if needed. He kept asking Wrangler if he had seen a car. At first Wrangler thought that the car had hit him but he spoke such bad English Wrangler could not get through to him. Finally he gets out of the way and follows us on towards Ogahalla. We stop for fuel and he goes on North. When we pull into the fueling station there was a car there letting their dog out. I thought that this was the car that he was looking for but it must of not been. The car stuck around a while and the pick-up went on. Well as we fill up with fuel Wrangler is on the phone with 911. I keep watch for the pick-up. When we are done fueling Wrangler says 911 said we could go but we pulled up in the exit for a minute and it looked like something was parked at the railroad tracks. So we sat there waiting on the sheriff and still both had the feeling he was sitting at the tracks. Well after ten or fifteen minutes the Sheriff went by heading to Ogahalla. We waited still because Wrangler was wanting to talk to him. Well all of sudden something flipped around and came back our direction. Wrangler thought it was the Sheriff and tried to flag it down but it was that pick-up and he got on interstate. We followed him. He sped off but as we caught up was running 35-40. Well Wrangler has called 911 at this point. The guy hit the shoulder at this point. Well he came back behind us. Wrangler is on the phone the whole time updating 911. I thought he was going to take the east exit of WaKeeney but he went on to the west exit and got off. Wrangler directed the 911 operator which direction he took. Than the Sheriff nailed him. As we drive down the road we are wondering details. Wrangler and I think that a domestic situation may have been going on. With him with the lights off at the bottom of the hill it was like he was trying to block the road and surprise someone. I hope if that’s the case that she can get far far away.
We made it home twenty minutes ago safe and sound. Both of us are still awake. It’s been a crazy day.