Next trip was to a guys place to look at old bush hog parts and some literature. I saw one of the largest and unique collections around. John Deeres, Shaw tractors, Mineapolis Moline GT, Oliver GT, etc - you name it he had it. Well I had to leave my truck on the main road and he drove me in. We looked- sealed-loaded up his truck and headed back to the main road to my truck. Finished loading in the dark, and I headed to Kansas City, Mo for my 4th stop of the day and my second uship drop. I had 4 36" tall 25" rims pick up tires in the cab to be delivered to a young couple in KC. I got there around 9:00 that Friday evening. Nick (a Navy guy) came and helped unload the truck. He and his wife had moved from Alaska and these tires had not been loaded by mistake. He then had a buddy who brought them down with his stuff to Goldsboro, NC to get them closer to him. When I learned they had a baby, his duty of service, and his quest for achievement I was impressed. When he went to pay me, I counted it and then gave him back $50. I told him , you have paid me too much. He looked confused and I responded " thanks for your service- this may help with your costs) we sat and talked about fatherhood and raising children for a while, but it was getting late and I had to move on. He went to his truck and brought out a woven string that he had found and hung from his rear view mirror. He said it was a cross and it was his good luck-safe passage charm. He said he had brought the tires back to put on the truck to sell it. He wanted me to have the cross so I may have safe passage. We shook hands and off I was again heading out of KC going to Galesburg, Kansas- the holy grail- the home of the Bush Hog garden tractor. More to come, I've got 12 more hours to drive.
Edited by sacsr, March 07, 2013 - 09:04 PM.