Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I Hate Winter
I've whined before about how I just don't care for winter. When I started hauling oversized loads, we were generally left alone in bad weather. Most states have some sort of bad weather restriction on the permits they issue - they say they don't want us out there if it's too dark, windy, rainy, icy or snowy.But, in these days of the various .gov agencies looking for dollars, the LEOs will park us, probably even accompanied by a fine. The various states enforce these rules differently, and as a matter of fact, so do the individual officers. It's a judgment call.
Colorado is one state that turned one hundred eighty degrees in their approach to enforcing their oversize restrictions. If there is even a dab of snow on the road, it's likely that we'll be parked. Nebraska is now paranoid about rain. We didn't have to go through Colorado today, but we sure had to go through Nebraska.
Another driver and I are headed to eastern North Dakota (Bakken oilfield, anybody??), and we didn't get out until noon. We had to go about seventy miles out of our way in Nebraska due to road construction, and it rained on us the whole trip. Until we got to Broken Bow - then it turned to snow. Getting parked out in the middle of nowhere isn't high on my list of Things I Want To Accomplish In A Day Cab - luckily we made it to Thedford. For a spot in the road, it has a nice motel and restaurant/club next door. If the roads are dicey in the morning - we will get stopped trying to get through Valentine tomorrow. The state trooper based there is a stickler.
But, you can call me a lot of things, but you'll never call me late for dinner. We're warm and dry with internet access and cable tv, so all is well for a while at least!