Our farm dump truck needed some new leaf springs and a front-end alignment. The existing suspension was old and tired. When we put a heavy load in it, the tires would rub against the body making an awful screech. We knew this was the year to give it a little workup. Ol’ Red has been faithfully hauling manure, firewood, soil, rocks, etc. without complaint. But with all types of machinery, maintenance is part of life.
After asking friends what Spring Shop they liked, we drove Ol’ Red two hours away to the big city to get a makeover. We do not travel to the urban part of the state very often anymore. Between Covid and our rural lifestyle, there just is not a need to venture too far off the farm. None-the-less, we grabbed money for the tool booth and head for an adventure. Much like Curious George Going to Town, there was concrete, lots of pavement, tall buildings, gas stations with multiple pumps, lots of people and what seemed like an insurmountable number of lanes for vehicles on the road. We are not sure who was more out of place, us or the truck. Two country kids, dressed in Carhart, driving a truck with no A/C and no chrome parts to a fancy city. We told the spring shop that this will not be the fanciest rig they ever worked on. A place like that works on $500,000 trucks before breakfast and we rolled in with a truck that on a good day, might fetch 10k. We picked the hay out of our teeth, brushed off the animal bedding from our coats and left her in the parking lot for a few days.
Later that week, we returned to Donnovan Spring to find they treated her to a royal makeover. The truck got shinney new parts. Something she has not experienced in a while. Driving home she felt taller, rode better and was excited to stretch her legs. We like to think she smiled with pride at the experience. A little attention goes a long way.
Being the county bumpkins’ we are, we stayed in the far-right lane. The rat race does not get to us anymore. And frankly, the dump truck tops out at about 63 mph. She gets the job done but will not win any races.
The toll cost $2.00 ~ Payment to the Kingdom for allow the peasantry to pass.
Maybe we will paint it this year. Something flashy…. And a little bit of chrome. 😊