For the last couple of years I been trying to attend old tractor shows that I haven't been to before. That usually means farther distances than I'm comfortable with, but hoping to see something new and/or different, finds me holding the steering wheel for hours on end - once again.
My job is a truck driver so I get enough steering wheel time through the week. And to think, my teachers used to tell me I'd never be able to make a living staring out the window.
Think I won that bet!
There was a small town with a well advertised show about 150 miles from here and I wanted to check it out. The plan was to load Thursday evening.
Couldn't decide which tractors to take.
The MRS. is in between jobs and has been cooped up in the house more than she likes. Instead of loading, she and I went to see a friend that is recently retired and building himself a new house. We had a good visit!
Friday found me with a long run through 3 states but I left super early and that would allow me time to load that evening. We had a little shower Friday evening and I been needing to do some tilling at moms house. She had some landscaping done and I volunteered to till and seed the area as part of her birthday present. She'll be 71 later this month. With the quick rain shower the tiller would work in her concrete-like-dirt better, so I loaded the Howard Rotovator and went to work. Humidity was awful and I was drenched, but I got the job done. Took mom out to dinner afterwards. By the time we got home it was dark. I'd been on the go for nearly 18 hours.
Will load Saturday morning.......
Saturday found me in bed worn out. Got up at 7:30 or so. The MRS. says I guess we aren't going?
I said 'get in the car".
Had a pretty good idea this show would be very small but I still wanted to go. Some of the best shows I ever went to were small ones. So we hit the road for nearly three hours of ride time in the small econo-box car without any tractors.
They were featuring John Deere. That usually makes the show larger just because of the amount of people that collect "belly button" tractors.
They had a total of 6 John Deere's.
Maybe 25 farm tractors total and exactly 2 garden tractors. A beautiful Big Ten Allis that was a treat to see and a 400 Deere that was only there because it was for sale and that was free advertising for it.
We didn't stay long and hit lots of antique shops close and on the way home.
All in all it was a good day. The problem is I drove 300 miles to see 2/3 less tractors than I have sitting around here.
At least now I know....