I recently got back from a long haul we did with the Ford E350 diesel cube van. Boy oh boy was it ever expensive on fuel! But after the first 1500km it stopped blowing black smoke and the truck seemed to get into the rhythm of being driven so hard.
We had a late start, so from Victoria we only made it to Williams Lake. The next day we drove straight through to Terrace, where I was fortunate to see some of my family whom I hadn't seen for over a decade.
After a quick stop in Terrace we made our way to Prince Rupert, our final destination. It was around 8pm, and we found a very affordable little hotel, of which there are many, and made our way to the local bar to meet our clients and have a social drink.
The next morning I went for a walk through the small city of Prince Rupert, taking in the fresh sea air, and enjoying the nostalgia I was having of the place. Many years earlier I had visited here often with my father as a child, and teen.
We offloaded the small apartment load we had, and our clients cooked us an awesome breakfast before we headed back on the road back to Victoria, stopping briefly in Terrace again so that I could have lunch with my cousins.
The trip back we drove straight through, only stopping in Prince George for dinner, and making a couple of brief rest stops to clear our heads and eyes of sleep and grogginess. We encountered a small blizzard around 3am in the morning, which forced us to stop driving through as the conditions became too difficult for us with so little rest. After this subsided we pushed through down through hells gate, fortunately we had stopped long enough for it to get light out so we could see our way along this very dangerous stretch of BC highway.
What I take away with me from this trip is the following; 1.Double check your math! I way underestimated the costs of this trip, and came out of what should have been a four day journey with only $250.00, 2.Plan your route and stops if you can. I paid $89.00 for a really cheap motel in Williams Lake, where just down the road was a small town with a place for $49.00. 3. Get lots of rest when and where you can!
Over the past several months we have had a few scares on the road, icy conditions, torrential downpours, that sort of thing. It of course raised the question, "Is it the brakes or the tires?"
I have come to the conclusion that it is both! Our old truck is desperately in need of a complete overhaul. She looks not half bad, but when it gets right down to it she is starting to show her age. I have been making minor repairs as I can afford them, but these scares we have had made me realize that I need to make this a priority!
Fortunately, the past month and a half have been very kind to us, and the truck will now be seeing a slew of work getting done to her. I just replaced the front tires, and next week will be having the brakes checked and fixed, just in time for our first long haul!
SIDE NOTE:I apologize to any readers that may be offended by me calling my truck a her. I believe that whichever sex owns a vehicle, they instinctively call it the opposite sex!
This has been a trying first year. I started this company with next to nothing, no savings, and only my wits to find us business. In short order though things have picked up at an exponential rate, and we are seeing contracts coming in for Canadian Tire, Sears, The Bay, Home Depot, and other business giants. It is these clients that will see us through hard times, and help my credit, and credibility grow!
Laird J Blomgren