Originally Posted by Fly at Night
Wow! Thanks for the professional input and tips.
It's a hard haul for Canadian truckers; high fuel prices and taxes. Then there is the terrain and weather. Maybe those night drivers are really on the line.
Would I do another "Fly at Night"? Not unless absolutely necessary.
Oh well. Something to reflect upon when my arteries harden and the only thing I'll be driving is a scooter.
(Those drivers are just as likely to be heading home for the few hours they likely have at that locale. The understanding of cost is what enables one to run another 30-rpm -- 10-mph -- faster).
With respect to age it is in establishing good habits in performing
pre-trip and post-trip checklists as well as
good habits behind the wheel. A plan . . . and how to deal with difficulties. Bad drivers never do it and why they are atrocious once old.
After all, one may wish to travel in this manner to age 75. Or, that one has to
. It is not only ourselves, but family & frends who may need our expertise.
Those of us of an age to have covered hundreds of thousands of miles on vacations or for wrok outside the metro areas -- continent-crossings --are
becoming rarer. Healthy respect [read: caution] is the bellwether for travel in extremis.
The youngest adults among us are less to likely to even own cars, much less have travelled when others would counsel staying put. We do not throw caution to the winds, but at least have an idea of what for others is literally terra incognita.
Those who plan to travel at night (a missing predicate in thinking) are all too dependent on others, others who may not or will not appear if necessary (remember the burned house of the man who didn't pay his fire insurance), Road markings, available services and credit cards are all a level of abstraction
; they are the first things to disappear.
I've enjoyed the writing-as-exercise-in-style, and the references made (noir, clothing romance) so put me down for one with a FILSON jacket and REDWING boots where practicality, proven
trumps all else. I find that plenty of mil-spec fits the bill nicely. MIL-SPEC MONKEY blog is one such site going back years. Just filter for ones own outdoor uses.
A blown tire on a windy/rainy night is the test
where one has to secure the site on the side of the highway with warning triangles and flares, not just change a tire. Vehicle emergency flashers are in NO WAY enough to do this (else police and other first responder vehciles would have little else). The right tools/equipment is 90%, learning to use it well is 10% . . so include CLASS II or III safety clothing.
It isn't "if", but when
. . . and as you are on the road you are yet another disposable (north) American out there in flyover country.
The cavalry won't be riding to rescue.