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Thoughts from the Road

We’ve lost our “community”

We’ve lost our “community”

The mere fact that I am a "truck driver" had me voting, early, today as I will be out of the area for November 3.  I have not missed an election since my eighteen(18) birthday.  I believe that voting is a "civic responsibility" and should be undertaking seriously at every election. There is never a point that any election is too small or insignificant: local only to national they all need input from the local citizen. Let me set the scene.  My local early polling location has extended the available hours to 8am to 7pm for 10 days.  I decided…
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Split Second, Every decision has multiple impacts

Split Second, Every decision has multiple impacts

 What happens in a "split second" often has an impact on your immediate and distant future.  As a "professional truck driver", it is easy for me to relate events that I see and/or experience on the road to the broader meaning of life.  Take this moment as an example:  I am traveling along a very curvy LA highway, it is a two lane and winds down through the swamp, over and around bayous.  Key point to remember: if there is a shoulder (in this case NONE), it is soft; especially because of the current rain and the previous storms.  My cargo…
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Slow to Judge

Slow to Judge

So it has been said that everyone’s life is a story.  We even hear some people state that their life is an “open book”.  Give this a thought for just a moment.  Even if someone’s life is a open book, there are aspects that is not now.  Even moments in time that have been overlooked and/or forgotten.   Think about about it for a moment:  Some of your closest friends or relatives, are there not moment or aspects that you do not know about.  These are not necessarily secrets as they just have not be shared for one reason or…
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Drive Aware, Be Safe

Drive Aware, Be Safe

Everyone on the roadways of America needs to stay aware.  Keep informed of your surroundings.  A friend and fellow driver shared this clip of a very close call and almost fatal incident. He was traveling loaded with Liquified Petroleum on I-10 through a construction zone.  Been an experienced and seasoned driver, he was staying aware of his surroundings and ready for things to happen and very possibly go wrong/sideways.  We try to anticipate careless acts around us; he approached and entrance ramp with merging traffic and was slowing as a car was creeping toward the travel lane.  However, the second…
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RoadTrip 2020 Done

RoadTrip 2020 Done

Well, RoadTrip 2020 has officially come to an end: check that box, close that book.  We have completed the trip to DFW and placed my GrandGirls onto their flight back home. We had the absolute best time entertaining (or being entertained; not sure which) my older two grandchildren.  Our RoadTrip went as perfectly as possible; memories made! Twenty-one (21) days including the ten (10) day road adventure of ten (10) states, three thousand five hundred sixty (3560) miles, and multiple sites and places observed and/or explored.  Now brainstorming and planning has begun for next year.  How to top this; it’s…
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Day Eight: Homebound however Terry Bison Ranch is a Must see

Day Eight: Homebound however Terry Bison Ranch is a Must see

We arrived to the Terry Bison Ranch on Monday evening.  Just in time to set up for the night and enjoy fabulous Bison meat supper.  Clean up and rest up for a short day of Buffalo/Bison Ranch life. Sure enough, up for breakfast at the "Tombstone Cafe"; WOW the Southwest Bison Omellet!   Then over to the "Terry Bison Express" and the bison tours: short open-air train ride through the pasture and a chance to feed the bison their favorite treats. Be warned they love these treats, slobber a lot, and have a long tongue (about 10").      …
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Day Seven: Onto Yellowstone

Day Seven: Onto Yellowstone

After a good night of Food, Family GameTime, S'mores, and Rest; it is onto Yellowstone National Park.  The drive from Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone is full of beautiful sights.  After navigating the so very many turns and turns and hills, enjoying the sights with a few stops to appreciate the beauty, we arrive to Yellowstone National Park. As if my travels are not complete enough with my current troupe; my daughter meets up with us for this brief leg of our trip. We set up our campsite (disappointment as we are on the side of the road and not allowed to utilize…
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Day Six:  Mount Rushmore; Check that box

Day Six: Mount Rushmore; Check that box

Up the mountain and to the Mount Rushmore Monument.  Not only did get to enjoy the sites of the amazing feat of the carving in the mountain side; there is a nice “Presidential Trail”, amphitheater with today’s entertainment of a son of two(2) Indian Chief’s.  He told stories of days past; including through music which he called the “Universal language.  Informing us that the flute and the drum are both instruments found on every continent.  He even included the use of the electric guitar.  Walking through the Gallery, museum, and theater; we learn more of the history of how the…
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Day Five:  Good Morning South Dakota

Day Five: Good Morning South Dakota

After a good nights rest, up for cleaning and breakfast.  We heading into Keystone for some panning for gold at the Big Thunder Gold Mine. There was a tour of the mine and very informative session of the process of separating the gold from the rest of the rock and ore. And then to panning on our own.  The process is tedious and time consuming; it requires a lot of patience.  We panned for approximately an hour and achieved a few “tiny nuggets.”  However, the experience was enlightening and to say the least interesting. Next up, we adventured to the…
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Day Four: Last Leg to Rushmore

Day Four: Last Leg to Rushmore

Start the day with the sites of Gothenburg, NE. Of course there is too much to fit into our brief morning adventures, we just enjoyed another “Pony Express Station” and a “Sod House”(just purchased by to local businesses men and ready for restoration).  Nonetheless, it is still very interesting accompanied by the “Barbed-Wire Sculptures” that were from a non gone barbed-wire manufacturer. Back on the road, west then north.  Enjoyable drive through the hills/mountains including the “Black Hills”.  Crossing finally into South Dakota and continuing on.  Through Custer, SD and passing the “Crazy Horse Monument“; we’ll be back, finally to…
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