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The Ramble for 10-28-11

Indian Castle, NY– I’m along the New York State Thruway, headed home for the weekend, by way of a short stop at Geneva, NY.


Your intrepid blogger and his mighty steed. (Did I really say that?)

We had some ice and snow [2] around here last night, which slowed my progress something terrible, so I didn’t make it home as planned. But, since I wasn’t scheduled for anything after this anyway, I wasn’t too worried. I’ll get to Geneva around 630pm, and from there to the yard, and the arms of my loving wife, who will be waiting for me. We’re supposed to get more snow [3], too.  Nature seems to agree, we’ve got a big one coming. I’m noticing bigger seagulls than usual… the big lake birds, not the usual winged rats you see hanging around shopping malls and such… never a good sign, in terms of oncoming weather. Oh, well, at least I’ll be home.

The truck is running well, with the exception of a broken belt in my right steer tire. Anything over 50mph and this poor truck becomes a rather large paint shaker. I’m told I’ll be getting new tires.

I’m also told that I’ll be getting a  Bully Dog Power-adder [4] as an experiment. With fuel prices as they are (Thank you, hope and change) you can imagine that we’re doing what we can to hold the line on those costs. The Bully dog will add perhaps 500ftlbs of torque and around 75hp , while getting 20% better MPG. Yes, it sounds too good to be true, but I’ve seen these things work on smaller trucks and been very impressed.. Personally, I can’t wait to try it. And yes, they’re expensive… around $2800. Then again, with a tank of fuel costing around $1200, it doesn’t take long to see such investments paying off.

Let’s have a look around, hmm?

I’m off till Sunday night. My usual carlisle, PA run then who knows?