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Tracy: Thank You Doesn’t Seem Enough

Tracy: Thank You Doesn’t Seem Enough

Jordan, Montana – The cleanup has begun.

When I make that last round and climb down the ladder for the last time, it never fails to create a ping in my soul. I don’t even know if the word, “ping”, is the correct way of defining the feeling that happens. Why does this happen? I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Sometimes, I really wish I was like others who do a little happy dance when it’s over. Instead, I’m always wishing there was just one more field to head to.

Z Crew The days end much chillier than they have. The cooler air reminds me that summer is quickly coming to an end and winter is just around the corner.

Z Crew The great vastness of Montana never ceases to amaze me…and that big, beautiful sky!

Z Crew The rugged terrain made the days challenging yet enjoyable.

I recently replied to one of our followers, Allan Kuntz, when he told me not to be sad that it’s over. Maybe this will sort of explain the how and why:

“I know it’s silly to be sad when the end is here. I wish I could pinpoint just exactly what makes me feel that way. I should be in a hurry to get home. Home to see my kids and grand kids. And I AM. It’s leaving the harvest world that makes me sad. I think it’s the simplicity of the whole experience. Living in a 40 foot trailer, with just what you need, waking up to either sun or rain, no clock watching and working so closely with Jim. When we get home, we become ruled by the calendar and clock once again. No longer will I wonder what day it is. We will be pulled in a thousand different directions and rarely spend good, quality time together. We’ll be under the same roof but our worlds no longer collide. I think I got a bit carried away with my thoughts. 🙂 Anyway, thanks for continuing to follow our journey – our ups and our downs. I pray that He has us out there again next year. I don’t know what I will do when the decision is made to no longer do what we do.”

Z Crew Moving from field to field in Montana sometimes means the combine becomes a very large ATV.

Z Crew No filter…no words!

We probably take a lot more time to cleanup and prepare for the road home than most. It’s always been that way. The combine, trucks, pickups and the camper will be cleaned like they’ve not been cleaned all summer. Jim will take the time to do maintenance on the vehicles for the long trip home (it’s just shy of 1,000 miles, one way). I think it’s just easier for both of us to do it here rather than when we get home. Once we get “home, home”, there will be so much more to do; having more would just be too overwhelming.

The house will need to be de-webbed (spiders move in BIG time as soon as we lock the door) and cleaned, the yard will have a summers worth of weeds waiting to be pulled and then there’s fall harvest to prepare for. The schedules will become filled…immediately.

Having the cleaning and maintenance work done before we get home eliminates one more thing that needs to be done.

Fall harvest is right around the corner. Always in the past, this has just meant Jim and the Beast heading to a local farmer (whom he’s cut for 31 harvests) and I am done with the harvest world. Not this year. I was asked by a neighbor to run their New Holland combine so I’ve really got to make use of my time a bit more efficiently so everything gets done before harvest starts up again.

Z Crew September 1 – last day of wheat harvest 2018.

Z Crew I had a few spectators as I finished my last field of the season.

Z Crew The final dump.

Z Crew We spent the evening working on cleaning the header. These Montana sunsets will be missed!

This will be my last update for the 2018 All Aboard Wheat Harvest. I’ve thought about what I wanted to say to you, our readers, and haven’t come up with anything more than thank you. Thank you for finding this to be worthy of your time. Thank you for leaving the comments – they reinforce to me that you’re actually out there and read my words. Thank you for your support and encouragement. And, mostly, thank you for your prayers. I know they work…just look back at how we began this summer . Although I am finished writing for AAWH, I will continue updating my personal blog. Hop on over to that page (nebraskawheatie.com) if you want to know what the heck the Z Crew is up to.

Thank you to our customers! If it weren’t for you, we would have no reason to be out here on the road doing what we do. We began 2018 with one job. I put the desperate call out on social media and the rest is history.  A HUGE thank you to those who helped line up jobs in Chase, Kansas, Limon, Colorado and back to Jordan, Montana. Thank you to our customer in Garden City, Kansas. You’ve kept us around for quite a few years (except when the hail wiped every acre out in 2017) and we appreciate your loyalty!

As for the Combine Cam…well, I did the best I could considering the lack of cell service in the areas we were working. Maybe one day (hopefully soon), more rural areas will have the much-needed service to keep up with the rest of the world. Maybe they really don’t want it (and I wouldn’t blame them one bit if they didn’t). However, it makes doing a job way more challenging when you can’t do the job. Many heartfelt thanks goes to Grant and Mike with Kiowa County Media Center for all they did to help me when there was a need. It’s a team – one that I’m pretty proud of…these two do AMAZING things!

Last, but definitely NOT least, thank you to Kylie, High Plains Journal and the sponsors (John Deere, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, AgriPro and Unverferth) of the All Aboard Wheat Harvest!! Without you and this platform, we couldn’t continue to share our journey or continue to teach others about what it takes to get food on their table. Our job takes perseverance, dedication, long days, long weeks and a whole lotta faith! Just like everyone else involved in agriculture…except we take it on the road.

Until next time…it’s been “reel”!!

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All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Tracy Zeorian can be reached at zcrew@allaboardharvest.com.

34 Comments
  • Carmen Kraus
    Posted at 08:27h, 14 September Reply

    Always enjoy following your travels. Good luck down the road and enjoy being home again!

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:53h, 23 September Reply

      Thank you, Carmen!
      We’ve made it home with no issues and am thankful for that! When everything gets home and we’ve done it with no issues, we consider the season a success. I guess it was just that…a success! I appreciate you and your words of encouragement! See ya next season!
      God bless!

  • Jan Edgecombe
    Posted at 08:28h, 14 September Reply

    Tracy it is always a good read when you post your thoughts and they are very well done. I enjoy reading all your adventures and how well you put everyting into words so all of us non harvesters can understand your lifestype and your journey. This was well written and a good ending to Harvest18! Good luck with fall harvest coming up shortly!

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:51h, 23 September Reply

      Thank you, Jan! Your words of encouragement mean the world to me! I appreciate you and the fact that you took the time to write them so very much.
      God bless!

  • Norm Rotruck
    Posted at 08:44h, 14 September Reply

    Thanks, Tracy! It’s been a hoot following you and the crew. Wish I were younger and able to volunteer!

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:50h, 23 September Reply

      Thank you, Norm!
      You’ve just made me smile and made my day! You can come sit in the buddy seat any time you’d like! See ya next season.
      God bless!

  • jerome fuhrmann rapid city SD
    Posted at 09:15h, 14 September Reply

    Thanks,Tracy!I’ve been following you and J im’s harvests for several years and really enjoy it. Hope to see you next year and have a safe trip home. Jerome.

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:49h, 23 September Reply

      Thank you for your note, Jerome!
      I appreciate you taking the time to write and let me know you’ve been reading those words I type. 🙂 Thank you, too, for being a loyal follower of the All Aboard Wheat Harvest program. It’s people like you who make it all worth everyone’s efforts in getting it out there. Hope to see ya next season!
      God bless!

  • Eliason Don
    Posted at 10:39h, 14 September Reply

    Thank you Tracy. I love to read about the wheat harvest and follow your posts diligently. It was my favorite time of year in my youth when I lived on a farm and I still miss it.

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:48h, 23 September Reply

      Hi Don!
      Thank you for taking the time to write your note! It truly means a lot to me knowing you’re out there. It’s good to know I have a couple of “followers”. It makes the time I put into the updates more meaningful knowing someone is out there reading them and enjoying them. Gives me the boost I need to keep typing away. I never lived on a farm but would have liked to. You’ve got one up on me! Take care and thanks again!
      God bless.

  • Neil Hadley
    Posted at 13:51h, 14 September Reply

    Thanks, always look forward to harvest season, with some envy..Stay. safe and have good fall.👍🤗

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:45h, 23 September Reply

      Thank you, Neil! Fall harvest hasn’t started for us yet but it’s getting closer every day. We’ve had some rain to slow progress up a bit but anxious to get back in the cab! See ya next summer! In the meantime, be sure to check out my personal blog – nebraskawheatie.com.
      God bless!

  • Terry Nanninga
    Posted at 15:48h, 14 September Reply

    One big Thank You. I will think of you every time we go up 50 to see family in Bennington.

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:44h, 23 September Reply

      Hi Terry!
      Seems weird to think you come by Manley and are so close once in awhile. Maybe you should stop and say hello. Thank you for taking the time to write your note. I appreciate it so very much!
      God Bless!

  • John Sabus
    Posted at 16:02h, 14 September Reply

    Thanks Tracy and Jim for all the updates! Its been 25 years since my last wheat harvest and you always bring back great memories and I get to be a 19 year old seeing the whole country side again! Thank you!

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:43h, 23 September Reply

      YAY!! Someone else who gets it! You understand my “language” then because you’ve lived it! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement to continue telling our story – the story of the custom harvester. If you’re ever in the same area we are, come say hello!
      God bless!

  • Clark Straka
    Posted at 16:15h, 14 September Reply

    Thanks for all of the posts and pictures, Tracy. Hopefully, you will be able to do it again next year. Take care and be safe!!!
    I always look forward to your blog and pictures. Really enjoy the combine cab.

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:42h, 23 September Reply

      Good to hear from you, Clark! Thank you for taking the time to leave a note. It truly means a lot to me knowing you took the time to write. I enjoy sharing our world with you and hope it opens up doors for others to see what it is we do and why we do it. And…now I’ll also know I have you on board with the combine cam! 🙂
      God bless!

  • J Wick
    Posted at 19:38h, 14 September Reply

    Thanks for all of your hard work Tracy. I’ve enjoyed following you the past couple of seasons.

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:40h, 23 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Jon! I appreciate your kind words and letting me know you’re out there! Hope to “see you” again next summer!
      God bless!

  • Nancy Eberts
    Posted at 21:38h, 14 September Reply

    Your so wonderful , your commitment, your words, your heartfelt presence on the road, in the seat, and everywhere harvest is ——is what keep your readers returning and following —you are the real deal and a advocate for this industry to the core!

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:39h, 23 September Reply

      Nanc, you’re so kind! I appreciate your words more than you will ever know.

  • Magne Kåre Tuhus
    Posted at 01:20h, 15 September Reply

    IIThank you Tracy!I have been following you from Norway for eight years now.Always look forward to the blog start and feel a little sad when you put your last post in.Good luck next year!

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:39h, 23 September Reply

      Why thank you Magne! I appreciate hearing this. I’m going to attempt to journal my days in the fall harvest via my personal blog nebraskawheatie.com. I’ve never spent much time in the combine during the fall. Maybe you’ll enjoy that, as well. Eight years?!?! That’s awesome!! See you next spring.
      God bless!

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 13:08h, 15 September Reply

    Tracy ,as always, thanks so much for you to take the time and share another Harvest Run with us. My summer would not be the same with out hook’n up to AAWH. Glad that 2018 was a better year!!

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:37h, 23 September Reply

      Well…2018 was probably the most stressful one to date. Not knowing what was going to happen next gets to be a “trusting” journey. And, maybe that’s just what we needed. To trust more – to trust the One who knows the journey! It ended up much better than we expected just weeks before leaving…that’s for sure! Thank you, Tom, for being such an integral part of the journey and for always being there!
      God bless!

  • Scott Glasscock
    Posted at 16:37h, 15 September Reply

    I enjoy your thoughts and comments about harvesting the crops and the areas you work. I passed you guys today as you were heading south from Jordan. Have a safe trip and good fall.

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:35h, 23 September Reply

      Why thank you, Scott! Good to “see” you – even if I didn’t know it. 🙂 It’s always sort of fun to have those things happen once in awhile. We made it home without any events happening. The machinery is home and we can now say the journey was a success!
      God bess!

  • GERALD TORKELSON
    Posted at 02:42h, 16 September Reply

    Thanks for all your posts. I love every one of them, coming from a farm background, but a much smaller one. I always enjoyed harvest time, and envy you menuevering those huge machines!

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:34h, 23 September Reply

      Thank you for your note, Gerald! I’m certainly glad you enjoy the stories we write about! We don’t farm, so even your smaller one is larger than ours. 🙂
      God bless!

  • Georgia Keel
    Posted at 11:57h, 17 September Reply

    Thanks for taking us along during the wheat harvest. Looking forward to next year. Have a good down time!

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:32h, 23 September Reply

      Thank you, Georgia, for your note! Hearing the words from our readers makes it that much more real – that people do actually read the posts and like what they see. We’ll see ya again next season…unless the plans get changed. 🙂
      God bless!

  • Melvin Mertz
    Posted at 18:38h, 18 September Reply

    I do not know what I would do without All Aboard Harvest every year.. Sure brings back memories. I grew up in the Loma / Big Sandy area of Montana. I started wheat harvest in 1966, out of my junior year in high school when I went to Oklahoma and worked for Milton Hays of Carrier, Oklahoma. He harvested my dads wheat and barley. I worked for him for 2 years. Dad had to make me go home for my senior year of high school. Then the army got me. Returned from the army in 1970. In 1971 I started working for Hitchcock and Campbell harvesting, Talhequah, OK. They harvested for a neighbor in Montana and I went to work for them in Montana and worked for them year round from 1972 through 1985. I do miss the harvest but due to sleep apnea could not take the hours. I cannot believe it has been over 30 years. Thanks for keeping everyone up to date on modern harvesting. Sure beats the 750 Massey Fergusons we had in the 80’s.

    • z crew
      Posted at 11:31h, 23 September Reply

      Whoa! You certainly have harvest in your blood! So I know you understand a lot of the emotions I talk about and how very real they are. I think some people might think they know but unless you’ve done this yourself…I don’t think it’s possible. Thank you for your service! Both American and I appreciate you very much! And, thank you for taking the time to leave a note. It means a lot to me. I’m so glad you enjoy the All Aboard program and keep coming back, year after year! God bless!!

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