New Job

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I am now contracted to Star Fleet Trucking in Middlebury, Indiana!

Unfortunately, I am often on the road a lot now so the posts will come in right about the same time.

I went in for my two day orientation then drove out with the unit above around 2 pm the second day. I completed my first trip with no problems and delivered to Albany, New York the following day.

9-9-18 (6)Middlebury is an interesting and busy place. The campers are built there after the chassis is shipped in from the OEM factory.

One of the first things I noticed was the air. It smelled different. Not bad or like chemicals, just different. I think it is because of where I live, right on Lake Erie in Western New York, most of the time I am never more than ten miles from the water and that is what my sniffer is missing.

9-9-18 (15)I saw so many different vehicles while there. From pull behind campers to large vans to three axle buses going down the road. And just for contrast, I even saw quite a few Amish buggies.

As I said, the campers are everywhere. Almost like they use them as lawn decor. I will be back on the road soon, and hope to see many more interesting things and enjoy my time behind the wheel to clear my head and find some deep thought. Most of my first book was written behind the wheel. I would gather my ideas while driving and write them down later. Exciting things to come!

old-brick-houseAnd I find my own fun on the road. Sing it with me… Cause it’s a brick…house…it’s mighty mighty, letin’ all hang out…

 

Okay, I’m done.

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7-11 Chicken Wings

I like chicken wings. I like them so much that many of my previous posts are about visiting restaurants in the area on my bike and reviewing their wings.

0828181657_HDRI was in a hurry, and hungry the other day, being between shifts on the NYS Thruway. I saw these “pecan wood smoked flavored” wings at the 7-11 and thought I would try them.

They were around $4.50 for five of them, not what I would call cheap. Once I got the box I stuffed my nose in the crack. My smeller told me there was a boiled hot dog in the box. My brain said no, that we just watched him put wings in it.

I don’t like hot dogs much. It is rare that I will eat one.

 

0828181657Ever wonder how somebody could possibly screw up that badly? This is one of those times. How do you get a chicken wing to taste like a hot dog I will never know.

Not gonna do that again.

 

Get Paid to Sticker Your Car?

More than likely not.

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Ever been on Facebook and seen an ad that said you could make money to drive your car? I thought it deserved a look. A good article from the Penny Hoarder said that many of these are a scam. If you still want to think about it, it does give legit options, and there would be a good place to start looking. Click the link for more.

https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/make-money/car-ads-legit-or-scam/

Elantra Done

0814181601As stated in a previous post, I bought a 2015 Hyundai Elantra with the purpose to set it up to be dingy towed. I am happy to report that it is now done!

Of course we picked a hot day. One hour into the project and I was soaked through in my own juices.

First step was to drill out the plate the tow bar attached to. Why it didn’t come with the two holes it needed was beyond me.

Once that was done bolting up the bar was simple.

The fun part of the job was running wires to the back of the car for the lights. I wanted to keep it clean so it will use the car’s taillights instead of magnetic externals.

First find a hole in the firewall the wire can go through, then run it under the kick molding to keep people from tripping on it. Go under the back seat, then strip out the molding in the trunk.

If you don’t have a wiring diagram, you can use a test light to find out what wires power what. If you have a three wire system (one for driving lights, one for brake, one for turn) don’t make the same mistake I did. Leave the turn alone. The tail lights will still flash with your foot on the brake for turns and you don’t want the turn signals to come on when the brake is applied.

8-15-18 (1)The kit comes with diodes that keep power from feeding back into the car, and for some reason (once again) that is important so use them.

 

 

8-15-18 (3)Here it is, done. Tie up any loose wires.

 

8-15-18 (2)Once the car was done and put back together, we made a harness to go from the RV to the car. If you buy one they are like, eighty bucks. I spent enough on this project. I got a seven prong male RV plug and a small six post round male and female.

Using some extra wire and a loom from Napa Auto Parts, we made one for a significant savings.

I hope to soon deliver my first motor home. More to come.

Blues and Bikes Night at Native Pride

8-9-18 blues night (17)If you like blues music, which I love, and motorcycles, guilty again, Thursday nights at Native Pride are the place to be. Located on Rt. 20 on the Res and showcasing excellent blues bands, it has all the things one would expect from a Native American truck stop, like smokes, food, fuel, Arizona Tea cans.

8-9-18 blues night (9)This is not the first show. They have been doing it all summer, but I have just been busy, or too lazy, to talk about it. They do have all of my favorite things!

Bike count has gone down though. The first day it was packed and now it is a bit wanting for bikes, so if you happen to be around on Thursday, show up.

I was upset that Gowanda Harley Davidson was not there this week. I intended to piss them off by winning the smoke show with my 1984 Honda GoldWing. I here they will be around next week.

8-9-18 blues night (13)Still there are rockin’ blues and nice bikes to look at.

8-9-18 blues night (11)And no, being at a bike show didn’t stop me from snapping a few pics of this awesome Cutlass, even if I couldn’t track down the owner.