Thought for an hour or so that he was going to be off on Wednesday ... but the "phone call" came ...
Dispatch sent him to El Paso ... to take some loads from there to Portales, NM.
I had intended on staying home the rest of last week - but after that phone call, and knowing that it would be many days/nights alone ... I came with him.
We made it to El Paso on Thursday. He picked up the first load. Spent the night at the Flying J in Anthony, TX. Left early the next morning on our way up and over the mountains, into Portales. Sit there several hours with the only bathroom being a port-a-potty. Finally unloaded. He drove back to El Paso. Dropped the trailer. Again, to the Flying J in Anthony. Got there around midnight. A light supper. Showers. To bed. 3 a.m.
Next morning - he picked up the load. We went back thru and over the mountains. Again to Portales. Again, several hours of waiting time. Again, drive back to El Paso. Got to the Flying J around 2 a.m. A light supper ... bed at 3:30 a.m.
<<My body is having a hard time ruling over my mind on these times. I have gotten up for so long between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. that to go to bed at that time is a struggle. Even tho I am tired and sleepy - my mind keeps screaming that it is time to get up, while my body is saying, "I don't think so!" Sigh.>>
Pick up another load on Sunday ... start up into the mountains. Alarm goes off. This is the heaviest load so far. On the hottest day so far.
Got to Mescalero, NM - truck shut down while we were going up the mountain. Rick got it steered to the shoulder. Let it sit and cool just a bit, then it started back - allowing us to have the ac while we waited on the repair guy.
A leak in the air hose that operates the fan clutch. A patch job using J-B Weld and tape ... we are back on the road - 4 hours later.
Make it up and over the summit (almost 7600 feet). On into Portales. Bay was empty, so Rick scaled, pulled in, tank was unloaded and washed, sent on our way.
Rick was out of hours by this time ... so it iwas time for a 34 hour reset.
Rick got us a motel room at the Sands Motel in Portales, NM.
Spent the day yesterday just resting and watching some TV. I worked on bills and checkbook, some other paperwork, and even did a couple of things on the computer.
Showers ... good hot water. Shower felt like a hard but soft rain.
We walked across the street early yesterday. There is a water shop. Rick wanted a gallon of water and a bag of ice. They also sell Irish soda's. He got a Lime, I got a Root Beer. Never had a soda with whipped cream on it - but it was GOOOOOOOOD! :-)
Anyway ... reset is over today. So, this morning, we will be gathering our things about us, loading and settling back into the truck.
On the road again ... hmmm... sounds like a song!