Started the month out with a hard lesson for all you RVers out there. I use a reflective shield inside my front window to keep the heat out. If you have the smallest of chips and your running an air conditioner, the change in glass resin temperature will crack the window....as seen below...
I now place the reflective shield on the outside of the window to keep the inside of the RV cooler AND the window cool. And of course, my insurance does not include broken windshields.
And, since LIV got a new window, I decided it was time to get her cleaned up for the next job!
Off to Illinois! I drive every year to a farm client who has diversified from corn, beans and potatoes to add peppers, cabbage and squash. I try to go a different way each year to see new areas. This year I am in a bit of a time crunch so will have to take the long boring route 80. I did however spend some time in the Donner Pass area of California, part of the Tahoe National Forest, just before going into Reno, Nevada. Beautiful there.
Traveling on down the 80, a side trip to Lovelock was fun. The signs said there was a place to purchase a padlock to lock your love? Well, my curiosity got the best of me and off the 80 LIV and went. Here is what we saw. Yep, lock your love at the historic LockLove courthouse! LOL
Pushed through Deeth, Coalville, Rawlins, and stopped at Sidney, Nebraska. The original Cabelas has a wonderful campground there. It was so nice we stayed two nights and got some work done. Zoom calls and checking HeavyConnect accounts to be sure all client documents are submitted or if someone needs assistance with corrective actions.
Next Stop 6 hours down the road in Adel, Iowa where they are always ready for the wizard of oz effect (yes, thats a tornado shelter... and floating on the Platte River.
I have been given several instructions for surviving tornadoes and my strategy is to drive like %$## to get out of its path! Don't hook up, keep the weather station alerts on, face outward and keep the keys in the ignition.
A favorite stop is the BIGGEST TRUCK STOP OF AMERICA ~ Iowa 80 ~ Disneyland for Truckers. LIV gets a bath, I usually find something fun for the grandkids and see all the silly displays.
The highlight this year was running into one of my favorite YouTube channel stars in the parking lot! Keep Your Daydream hosts, Trish and Marc. I felt like a star struck teenager when I saw them filming in there truck, so I got the courage to walk up and introduce myself. Could hardly speak but managed to eek out my name. What nice down to earth people they are! So friendly. Here's a picture of their KYD rig.
After driving 2200 miles, I arrived to my clients farm in Illinois on the third of July. First thing I do is weigh LIV on the truck scales. Under 10,000 GW! Parked in my usual place and fixed a pre 4th all american dinner. The farm was quiet and hot! 102° and 78% humidity. Always nice to meet up with this generational farm family and their fantastic farm employees. I will be staying for a month here to assist with customer visits and annual audit document review and training a new food safety coordinator assistant.
After three years with this farm family, I feel they are prepared to take the reins and implement their food safety plan with confidence. When AgEmpowered concludes a contract, we are always available by email, phone or text for our clients when they need us.