Back in Pennsylvania. Headed east this time. Trip mileage is at 4,100 or so.
Last night during my driving shift the truck started harassing me again. It kept whispering, “All work and no play make Hedon a something something” over and over. I told it that lots of teams run 1,200 to 1,300 miles a day back to back to back to back… so it really wasn’t that big a deal. The truck seemed to get a little pissed off and started screeching “REDRUM! REDRUM!” at the top of its voice. By god I told that truck if it didn’t shut up that instant there would be hell to pay. And if it woke Stace up with all its carrying on I would forget that it required Ultra Low Sulfur fuel the next two or three times I fueled. That worked cause the truck shut up then, but I could tell she was seething with anger.
When my shift was over and I laid down to try to get some sleep there were suddenly mysterious rattlings and knockings coming from various points all over the bunk. Just when I would find one and get it to stop making noise a new one would pop up. I know she was doing it on purpose. The truck hates me now. I hate her. Course I always did hate her so that’s not really a dramatic development.
Tonight in the midst of a fitful sleep, I heard Stace yell back into the bunk, “Twenty minutes to driver swap” so I started trying to get around and wake up. I found my clothes, brushed my teeth, and poked my head out of the bunk curtain. Stace looked around at me all startled and asked, “What are you doing up? You’ve still got about an hour and a half to try to sleep.”
My first thought was that I was now dreaming the god-awful moment when you have to start getting ready to drive for the next eleven hours… then I realized it wasn’t a dream… it was the truck. The truck woke me up. Oh my god now the truck can imitate Stace’s voice! And it woke me up way early knowing that I wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep. Damn the truck. Damn the truck to hell!
I should write a post about all this but I’m too tired and brain-dead… but I’m still not as grumpy as Stace.