01 Jun Jenna: First trip south
Manley, Neb. – Each time Zeorian Harvesting moves down the road, two trips are needed. On the first trip go the combine and grain trailer pulled by the semi, and the header pulled by one of our pickups. Once that equipment is safe and secure at the future harvesting location, the drivers head back to the previous location in the semi and get ready to make the second trip with the rest of the equipment (and family).
Last week, Dad and I made the first trip to our first job of the summer in Arnett, Okla. It was about a 550-mile drive from our yard to the Arnett city limit sign. Google Maps just told me that it should’ve taken 8 hours and 48 minutes but Google Maps doesn’t know we were hauling a combine and header – into the wind. It took us more like 12 or 13 hours in total.
After arriving in Arnett, we met with the farmer who we’ll be working for and drove around to look at a couple of fields. I knew Oklahoma was dry this year but, holy smokes, it is dry. We are so thankful just to have wheat to cut.
When we got back from the fields, Dad and I unloaded, unhooked, moved, unhooked, unhooked and moved some more until the combine, header, trailers, dolly and pickup were parked and set. Then we grabbed a bite to eat, hopped in the semi and headed north.
Those couple of days were fairly exhausting but, man, it felt good to be on the road again. It was good for this soul of mine.
But not so good for my right arm, which got an awesome sunburn on the drive south. Now I have a farmer’s tan…on only my right arm. Neato.