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Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 13: Back in the Saddle Again

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Well I did it!  A couple days ago, I drove the tractor with the auger wagon twenty some miles to take it down to Warren County where we are doing some custom work for a friends.  Custom means that this family hires us to plant and harvest their crops, and obviously, we are in the harvest part of the year.

Today, I was asked to drive the automatic semi down to the same area, and I DID IT!  No one was harmed, and I observed all the rules of the road.

Have you ever seen the inside of a semi?  Our two are not "tricked out," but they get the job done. Here is what I am looking at as I drive this big dude.

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There is no stick to shift; it's all automatic, but there is still a clutch to use when starting and stopping the truck.  Those red and yellow buttons are kind of important too. These two set the brakes.  I'm supposed to pull out the yellow and red buttons to set the brakes. When I want to release the brakes, I need to push in both buttons.  Just pushing the red button in will NOT release the brakes
..........uhm........ just take my word for it, and ignore the skid marks going west out of our driveway......You can barely see them, but Tall Guy is stating that there are such marks going down our road for about 200 feet...... I'm not saying it wasn't me, but there are a lot of semis going down our road these days.

On a brighter note, I drove a stick shift truck, pulling the corn head trailer, and I never let the engine die!  Wooo!  My first car was a stick shift, but that's been many moons ago.  I'm excited about that!

Ok, I'm pooped, and tomorrow is another day.  Rumor has it I might be back out on the road again. It's never a dull moment around here.  You've been warned!


  1. oh my gosh, look at you go! i don't think i could drive those things at all!

  2. Good to hear from you! Yes, it's taken a few years for me to warm up to the semis. One down, one to go, and this last one has a traditional stick shift! ACK!



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