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"Rain, rain go away, come again another day." It was another wet weekend but somewhere in between rain showers I was able to get out on the mower and cut the grass high rather than damage it since it was still a little wet. Where we live the city sends us a nastygram if the grass gets too high so we have to stay up with it. This week out we are trying to avoid a nastygram from the Department of Transportation because the Blitz is right around the corner.

This week the scales will be full of Bears and where there isn't a weigh station they will bring portable scales and make one. Of course we expect the worst which isn't a bad thing but in the last few years while I have been pulled into a scale or two during the blitz, I have been waved through and not inspected. Successful inspections are a good thing for both the Company and the Driver as they reflect positively on both. An Inspector climbs all over the truck looking for something wrong but doesn't find anything which means that;

  • The Company is taking care of their equipment.
  • The Driver is reporting things they find wrong and the Company takes care of it.
  • and, the Driver is doing a good inspection of the equipment beforehand.

The whole Inspection thing is supposed to protect the General Public from huge trucks with maintenance issues. Only today we saw four trucks, one was the 'Mule' and the other three were piggy backed. Unfortunately the connection between the Mule and the other three had broken so the Mule was parked on the shoulder with a Bear behind it and the other three were still upright having gone across the shoulder, down an embankment and up a hill. A wrecker truck operator was trying to determine the best way to get the three back on the road without rolling them over. I doubt that the Driver of the Mule could have determined that the connector as bad as part of it was still attached to his 5th wheel. The towing apparatus has broken. Still, the Inspection tries to find these problems before they become an issue on the road and a threat to other road users.

Once again we are on our way to Laredo. It's Sunday and there seems to be a lot of traffic on the road. I have an option ahead to take 130, a toll road, around Austin and down to I-10, but it is expensive. Not that we have to pay the toll ourselves but we both prefer not to increase the Company's expenses if we don't have to. I will make up my mind as to toll or not depending on warnings for construction areas ahead or how much the traffic persists. Running down I-35 is about 20 miles shorter than going around the toll but the toll can take a lot less time.

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