03 Jun The Combine Dance
Great Bend, Kan. — My triple shot-extra strength-English toffee cappuccino was one of the best decisions I could have made yesterday morning. Day one of moving is always the hardest and longest of the entire harvest. Leaving home always takes just a little bit longer than it should, whether it be on account of little oversight hiccups or saying our final goodbyes to family members who come to see us off.
Throughout my years of having a driver’s license, I have moved up in the ranks of the convoy. The first year or two, I drove the suburban and pulled the hired man camper. Once I mastered that (and had obtained my CDL), I drove the service truck pulling the header trailer. The following year, I drove my beloved Purple and pulled the tractor/grain cart. Ever since that year, I have driven Purple and pulled the hopper bottom trailer… until this year.
This year I have officially made it to the tip-top of the convoy ladder; I am driving our blue Peterbilt while pulling the combine with the header trailer trailing right behind. What better way to learn than to go through the five-state obstacle course to get to our first stop? I have discovered how much more the combine “dances” around on the trailer than any other rig I have pulled before now.
Osowski Ag Service is scheduled to arrive at our first stop today. We made it to Great Bend, Kan. on our second travel day and are all ready to get to a stop where the campers can be set up for more than eight hours before moving them.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. You can contact Steph at email@example.com.
Ed SchlozPosted at 20:28h, 03 June
Looks like a good crew!
Dan McGrew, now of North CarolinaPosted at 08:29h, 04 June
What, no two gallon porcelain coffee pot heated over a cow-chip fire, or bedroll spread under the combine? Triple shot cappuchino??
All the trucks 16 and 18 wheelers, with not a single five-ton stake bed grain truck?
Indoor showers with hot water?
Steph you 21st Century harvesters are much too pampered!!
Rick LaHaisePosted at 11:06h, 04 June
Always loved going south custom combining. Wish I could do it again. Have a great summer and stay safe. Love you guys.