02 March 2012

Year 2, Day 62 (Such Beautiful Scenery)

Larry and I didn't make it as far as I had hoped, but we did cover some ground. The customer where we picked up at was, as usual, very pleasant to deal with. Even though the load wasn't ready yet (in fact, they weren't expecting us until today), they did what they needed to ensure an efficient loading process... even getting with the delivery customer to get all the logistics sorted out. When we left Lewiston, ID the weather was cool and the roads were clear... up until we started climbing the mountain on U.S. 95 north to Genesee. In about the distance of 5 miles, the roads went from dry & clear to this:

It was still a lovely ride. The thing about driving a truck in weather like this is it's not too bad when you have a load around 35,000 - 40,000 lbs; but when you have a load that is just slightly over 17,000 lbs, you definitely use a little extra caution (as Larry did). The roads weren't bad going across 4th Of July Pass in Idaho, nor on Lookout Pass crossing into Montana, but with a load this light, you still want to be careful. We ended up shutting down in Haugen, MT, about 8-10 miles east of the Idaho/Montana state lines. I had hoped we could have made it to Bonner (just east of Missoula), but a lot of time was eaten up by dealing with the present conditions.

The scenery is already beautiful out here in Montana, but the addition of snow certainly adds to it:

One more thing... this is the view we awoke to this morning:

As Sabbath approaches, I pray The L-rd's Shalom (peace) upon you, and may He bless you all!

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