So early this week a guy came into the shop and asked about hiring us to haul a small excavator with our 6x6 5 ton truck (M813A1 for those who care). I gave him an estimate of what it would cost, he was quite happy with the price, even paid 100% up front.
|Loaded up: I was impressed with the loading ramp they had built--looks like somebody's been measuring our truck's deck height! all photos courtesy of Marty.|
Anyway, back to my story: I'm the shop manager this week, as the incoming manager doesn't get here until sometime next week and the outgoing manager's last day was last week. So I took the job and took Marty and Evan with me, as there is a good chance that either one of them could end up doing these trips in the future and I knew that the experience would be good for them.
It was a short haul, a little under 3 hours total time. It was pretty straightforward, a beautiful day, nice and dry, the roads were all there, no big washouts, only a couple of bridges to deal with, and those were short and in reasonably good shape.
|Photos like this make me realise just how Mighty my beard has become. The morning glance in the bathroom mirror doesn't do it justice. Ned Kelly, eat your heart out.|
|No matter where you go in PNG, natural beauty abounds.|