Not all of my employers trucks have GPS. Including this one. Once in Hannover I was so busy looking for where I had to go I missed the turn and had to do a left very late; luckily the direction that had the green light had no cars in it so I didn't get blocked.Oops!
Why is the hardest part of driving a truck left for the end of the run? The warehouse at my destination was full of trailers. All the bays were taken except one in the middle. I managed to park between the others but it was hard work! I'm a Parking Queen!
My delivery complete, I had a bit of time to kill while I waited for new instructions from my employer. It was Monday afternooon, the Scania dealership was open and I had an appointment... I hoped my husband would not be too upset that I wasn't going to his DAF dealer, but it was in Amsterdam!
To be very honest, I felt a bit silly going to the dealership. It wasn't like I could afford a truck! But one can dream...and the Scanias were very impressive. My husband drove a DAF but when I was growing up, my grandfather had a Scania and he was just as adamant about how wonderful it was as my husband was about his XF105. The thing was, my employer had an all-Scania fleet, so I was really getting a lot of experience on them. It made sense to look at what you know best, right?
I decided, just for fun, to try and spec out the least expensive Streamline, and see what it might cost. €108,595! It was terribly expensive. I was even more shocked when I saw that some were going for well over €200,000! I would be working a long time to save that kind of money!Big, Blue and EXPENSIVE!!!
My phone rang. It was my boss. They were happy with how I was on time and neither cargo nor truck was damaged. They said they would use me for more valuable loads than just the completely basic stuff.
I was pretty happy about that, but being reminded I had a job to do brought me back to reality. A new Scania, or new ANYTHING, was not going to happen for a long while.