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May 31, 2015

Inside "Ruby Emerald 2", The 2013 Freightliner Cascadia

May 24, 2015

Memorial Day Tribute

May 23, 2015

Happy Memorial Day Weekend To All

Went and visited "Ruby" this morning. Started squaring away the truck. I took over this truck from unknown operator.
I spent a lot of time just trying to get her clean, inside and out. I had to organize her as best as I could. This is going to be my office, my home, my money.
I got my bed squared away. I hooked up the TV and made sure it worked. But more importantly I squared away all the items and tools on the truck that I have to deal with every day. Made her mine.
So as it turned out I have a good long weekend break. This is the last one. When I open the door on Ruby Tuesday morning it is all over.....run and roll. Down the road I go.

See You "Out There"!!!!

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Cheers yawll !!!!

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May 20, 2015

"Meet my little friend !" or My New "Main House"

So here is the deal. I got a new job. One that is already is a dramatic change of lifestyle. I went through the hiring process, the major deal that it was. And finally got the job that I wanted. I went through the company orientation in Indiana and now am into what is two weeks of over the road in truck training. After next week I will be turned loose on my own.
This is my new home away from home, so to speak. It will actually be my main home for a couple of years if I don't wreck it. Of course you need to understand that if I wreck it I will probably be out of a job. So I am trying to absorb all that I can in this training process to help me get safely down the road for a long time.
This is a 2013 Freightliner Cascadia. It is one beautiful truck. It is smooth as hell on the road and nice and quiet. I will fill you in on more details down the road about the truck. It really is very nice.
Just pulled my first heavy load (48,000 lbs) across the state today and it went smooth as hell. Headed to Charleston in the am with another heavy load. With this company most loads are heavy hauls.
Anyway, cheers yawl !!!!!

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May 11, 2015

Calgary couple on sailing adventure in Honduras robbed by armed pirates

CALGARY — A Calgary couple say they were terrified when armed pirates boarded their sailboat and demanded money, then abandoned them on a remote part of the Honduras coastline.

Andy Wasinger, 46, and Loretta Reinholdt, 54, set out on the adventure of a lifetime two weeks ago, helping transfer a boat from Belize to the island of Roatan in Honduras and learning to sail in the process from an American captain named Dave.

But just a few days into the adventure, a small fishing boat pulled up and the sailboat was boarded by four men armed with guns, a harpoon and a knife.

They ran the sailboat aground and took about $3,000 cash and anything of value they could find, then disappeared while the captain and the Calgary couple obeyed their orders to go below deck and stay there.

The trio then spent four days in the jungle, drinking rainwater and using the sail as a makeshift tent, until they were found and rescued by some hikers.

Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs said the government was aware of reports of the attack and was in touch with local authorities to gather information.

“Canadians travelling to Honduras should be aware that serious crime — including armed robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, home invasion and sexual assault — is common, and armed attacks on marine vessels have been reported,” said a statement.

Wasinger and Reinholdt said things happened very quickly. First the pirates held Wasinger at gunpoint, then Reinholdt, before ransacking the captain’s quarters.

“They tore his place apart, yelling and screaming that they wanted more money,” Reinholdt, a retired nurse, told CTV Calgary. “They came back up on deck and they pulled my hair and they took a knife to my throat and threated to kill me if they didn’t get more money. This is when the captain did find some more money in his quarters. He gave it to them but they were still not satisfied.”

After the boat was run aground, the pirates cut the electrical lines to the boat’s communications system.

“After about five minutes we couldn’t hear anything, we peeked outside to see if we were safe and they were gone,” Reinholdt said. “We rejoiced that we were alive.”

However, that relief quickly turned to panic over fears the pirates could return. The trio set up a camp in a nearby mangrove swamp where they could hide out in case they did come back.

Wasinger said they eventually found a trail which led to the entrance to Jeanette Kawas National Park, a park that is only accessible by water. They set up an SOS on the ground using sticks, and after four days a group of hikers approached the beach where they had run aground.

“It was great. It was one of the best moments of my life, I think. I was ecstatic,” Wasinger said. “I know we can go through anything in life now after this situation. We are a lot closer as a couple and we live life every day as if it is our last.”

After their rescue, the couple met President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who offered them a ride in his presidential helicopter to the nearest airport. And the Honduran government covered the cost of their flight to Mexico, where they are recuperating from their ordeal.

April 11, 2015
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May 08, 2015

Sunshine meets jettys or Coast Guard Heros

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A man and a woman were rescued off the Charleston jetties when their sailboat ran aground and began to take on water, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received the initial report at approximately 9:50 a.m., from the captain of the 36-foot sailing vessel, Sunshine, stating that foul weather had pushed his boat up on the rocks of the Charleston jetties, puncturing the hull.

A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Charleston and an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston were launched to assist.

Due to the depth of water, the boat crew couldn’t get close enough to take the two people directly aboard. With both people in life jackets, the crew threw them a heaving line and pulled them to the boat.

The boatcrew brought the two people to the Charleston Maritime Center. No injuries were reported.

“The outcome of this case is what our crews train for,” said Mr. Sean Shrum, command duty officer for the Sector Charleston command center. “We strive for a positive outcome whenever we deploy our crew, but we ask that boaters do their part too. Weather can dramatically complicate any outing on the water. We urge all boaters to check weather conditions before they cast off lines.”

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