Jan Vissers' Tiny Truck Tales

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#171 Post by Drive Safely » 02 Sep 2017 10:34

Nice story :)
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Re: Jan Vissers' Tiny Truck Tales

#172 Post by dreamcatcher » 05 Oct 2017 11:26

Interesting!Keep on Truckin ;)

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#173 Post by BK Vissers » 12 Oct 2017 01:29

Thanks, guys!

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#174 Post by BK Vissers » 12 Oct 2017 01:50

The Kid

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Jan

What turned into an unusual drive began at the Darchelle vineyard...

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Where is that container trailer?

For this trip I was taking a container filled with old oak barrels to a distillery. Some distilleries would age their whiskey or other spirits in former wine barrels to give a unique taste to their products. Look up Balvenie Sherry Cask if you’re curious.

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Hitched up!

I like these short container trailers. Easy to maneuver, not very heavy, which my little Scot appreciates with its less than 300 hp motor. It was still hot outside, so I left my “new” air conditioning on and enjoyed the scenery in the dimming evening light.

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Dry California

About an hour into my drive, I was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. All traffic behind me disappeared long ago leaving me alone on the road. Alone except for a kid walking by the roadside. What could he be doing out here on his own?

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This is a strange place to be walking alone

It seemed somehow wrong, so I stopped to talk to him. He was reluctant at first, talking to a stranger, but when it started to rain, he became more willing and climbed into the cab. His name was John, he was 13, and he ran away from home. “Can I ride with you, Mister?” he asked. I nodded, and we began to roll.

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No way am I leaving a child out here!

It was completely dark now, except when the lightning flashed. By the lights of the instrument panel and headlights, I let John have my sandwich. He was famished. The road was too twisty to not have both hands free anyway, I told myself.

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Night Storm

I pulled off the road after a while for my break, and talked a bit to John.

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Rest Break, and maybe a bit of information

He told me his mom and dad fought a lot, and there was always a lot of alcohol around the house. He wanted to reach his uncle’s place. He was a forest ranger and John wanted to spend some time with him. They got along well. I wasn’t sure how his uncle would feel about a teen kid showing up asking if he could move in.

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A tragic story

After our chat during my break, we resumed driving, until I spotted a gas station. My fuel light was on; I was almost running on fumes so I filled the tanks, suggesting to the kid to use the pay phone to call and tell his mom he was ok. She had to be worried. He was reluctant but I gave him some change and told him regardless of how mad he was at his parents, it was the right thing to do.

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Fill-up

We couldn’t go much farther; I was at the limit of my hours of service, so I found a decent-looking motel and got us a room with two beds. We watched TV a bit, but both of us were tired. Just before we slept, I did manage to extract from him a little about his call home.

“Mom answered and wasn’t really mad, she was just glad I was ok. But I could hear dad screaming in the background how I was going to get a beating like I never had before.” If I felt any ambivalence about not taking the boy, it evaporated. I just hoped he wasn’t mistaken about his uncle.

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Done for today

We left early the next day. I was going to have to deviate from my planned route a bit to find this uncle of his.

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Hurrying on

A couple of hours later I turned onto a dirt road. John was uncertain and we had to try two more before I found the right one.

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I hope THIS road is the right one!

The space between the fence and a parked Jeep was pretty narrow. I knew it was going to be fun backing out.

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Easy going in, but out...

I went as far as I could down the road and then stopped. In front of us was a small cluster of trailers. They looked fairly tidy, which was a relief. For a moment I was worried the boy was remembering something far grander than reality.

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This must be the place!

John leaped out of the truck and ran toward one of the trailers, and disappeared inside. I waited a couple of minutes, then stepped out of the truck. John came back out, followed by a man sporting green uniform pants, a plaid shirt, the suntan of a man who worked outdoors, and a big black beard speckled with grey. We shook hands. He had a warm, strong, friendly grip.

“Thank you for bringing my nephew here safe. My sister called, said he might be coming.” At the word ‘safe,’ we exchanged a knowing glance. The boy had take some chances, running away, but then his uncle and I understood the reason. He invited me in for a coffee, and while I wanted to get back on the road, it seemed rude to refuse his hospitality.

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It's not much, but it's home

After speaking for an hour, I climbed back in my truck and gingerly backed out of the tight lot, and down the dirt road. John stood and waved goodbye, a grin on his face. It felt right, leaving him there.

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Backing out slowly

My drive resumed. I had a little detour, but I still had plenty of time to deliver those barrels.

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Ok, good deed done!

At the distillery some hours later, my delivery made, I felt pretty good about the day. Before taking another load, I was going to go inside and see if they might sell me a bottle more cheaply than the liquor store. Might as well see what my truckload would help make!

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#175 Post by Hakan » 12 Oct 2017 15:06

Great! nice story again! lovely pics and Scot!
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Re: Jan Vissers' Tiny Truck Tales

#176 Post by BK Vissers » 12 Oct 2017 15:12

Thanks, Hakan!

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Re: Jan Vissers' Tiny Truck Tales

#177 Post by saur44l » 12 Oct 2017 15:32

Nice story and great shots mate.

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Re: Jan Vissers' Tiny Truck Tales

#178 Post by obelihnio » 13 Oct 2017 17:04

Superb story and pictures. Gotta say that was an unusual co-driver you had for a while.
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Re: Jan Vissers' Tiny Truck Tales

#179 Post by Joe the gamer » 13 Oct 2017 18:38

The size of the trailer fits perfectly with the size of the truck))

Great shots and story.

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Re: Jan Vissers' Tiny Truck Tales

#180 Post by Tofoloo » 22 Oct 2017 21:18

That's a great story and lovely shots.Congrats Sir ++ ;)

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