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Log: Day 375

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Today we dropped in Salt Lake City… and then a little “issue” came to bear. Sooner than we had hoped.

Our headlights have done some interesting things that last few weeks… going off when they’re not supposed to.

Once was when I hit a pothole the size of New Mexico on US-285, in the dark. The headlights went off for a second or two. It was a surprise on both counts; the pothole and the headlights going off.

When something goes awry in the truck, it’s necessary to track down the cause. If it doesn’t happen the same way, over and over, it can become a diagnostic nightmare. Even though you stop to have it checked, they find nothing. So we kept an eye on what created this.

For a few weeks… nothing.

Then they didn’t come on when the switch was flipped. But not every time.

Last night, they went off twice on the drive into Salt Lake City. So… a call to our Fleet Manager and the necessary repair was set in motion.

We’re at Kenworth of West Valley this morning. I spoke with Gayle, our Fleet Manager, and our current pre-planned load to Boise, Idaho, then to Chicago has been put on hold to see how quickly we can get this done.

If it’s quick… we’re off. If not, well, we’ll just have to see how it goes.

8:00pm local time:¬†Yep. The switch is bad. The part has been ordered and won’t be in until tomorrow. Road Service has sent us off to a hotel since the truck is in the shop and unable to come out for us to sleep in it.

It’s snowing. Hard. They’re saying up to 15 inches. As usual, it’s the perfect time to have a repair like this. We’d likely be shut down up in the mountains…

Jai has been awake for almost 24 hours. It’s tough to go to sleep when you’re that tired… ever been there?

The shop wouldn’t let him stay in the bed while they worked… against policy.

While I understand that… it’s hard on teams. Not being able to lay down when your body is screaming for it, is tough.

Time to get Jai to bed. See you tomorrow!
Andrea



Andrea Steward

Andrea Steward

Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a professional photographer/musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
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Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a professional photographer/musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
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