21 Jul Laura: Harvest moves north and different worlds
Western Kansas: While the crew played musical combines—also known as moving to the next area—I took the opportunity to head home to tackle July’s paperwork. Recent rain held them up for a short time, but hot temperatures and no precipitation in the forecast will make for some big harvest days this week.
I’ve had several people ask recently if I like being able to come home in the middle of the run since we’re centrally located. While I wait for my last load of laundry to dry before I hit the trail again, I thought I’d sit down and answer the question. The answer is yes. I do like coming home. It gives us the best of both worlds but it does take some effort to maneuver though.
We operate on two different times. Harvest time and home time. On the road, there are no set schedules and time revolves around things like the sun, weather, dry wheat and elevator hours. We eat when we eat and sleep when we sleep. It is easy to lose track of days because everything revolves around the urgency of harvest.
At home, things can’t be nearly as loose. There are schedules, practice times, business hours of 8 to 5, and well, you get the idea. Our two worlds couldn’t be more different. And quite frankly, they aren’t always easy to merge and there is usually a small transition each time we pass from one to another. I spend the summer living out of a half packed bag to save a little time. It takes a lot to clean and care for our road home and our home-home each time we come and go. I enjoy the creature comforts of home like a full-sized shower and a dishwasher. I’m thankful to reconnect with family and friends when it works. I also appreciate the adventures the children and I find on the trail, the sun setting into the wheat, and meeting new people. It’s a crazy combination for sure.
Well, I’m off to finish packing. Time to bounce between the worlds.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Laura Haffner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.