Willis and Sharon Robinson of Spangle, Washington own and operate a truck and trailer as Lost Pine Trucking Inc. They offered to haul the second rig to Houston for shipment to Guatemala without pay. This is their story:
Dec 13 – It was cold in Spokane. The drive into the yard is down hill and glare ice. Willis believes we may have to use chains to get back to the road. After loading by Gary and Rod Bartholomew and Steve Lingenfelter, we head back up the drive. No chains were required, but as we pulled onto the road, we lost the brakes to the trailer! This required immediate repair. Willis called his friend Terry French at Western Peterbilt on Broadway in Spokane and asked for help. Although they were covered up with work, they made the repair and we were on the road in 15 minutes! Into Missoula with 15 minutes to spare before the deadline, the generator is loaded and we are on the way to Denver with the trip’s fuel bill partially paid.
Dec 14 – We are in Billings Montana. As a donation to help us, our dispatchers Owen and Monica Foss, offered their commission on the last load. More money for fuel! We went south into Wyoming into winds reportedly gusting to 75mph. Trucks were blowing over between Douglas and Cheyenne. The wind subsided before we got there and we drove through the dangerous area with only a strong wind to hurt our mileage. We passed a rig lying on its side. I hope no one was hurt.
Dec 15 – We made it into Denver, unloaded the generator, and went on to Shamrock, Texas without incident.
Dec 16 – It was a day of rest with family and loved ones. They were all interested to see the old rig and learn of its destination and the wonderful work it will do for others. They wished us well and we were off to Houston on the 17th, down the long roads of Texas.
Dec 18 – We were one full day getting into Jacinto Port and getting unloaded and then out to get to our next load, hopefully a good run back home for Christmas. After some delay, we got a very good paying load of specialized drilling equipment to take to Casper Wyoming. When we got there, a Bobcat needed to be hauled straight to Spokane! We made it home for Christmas with the fuel bill paid.
Thank you Lord for the safe trip again. Bless the children and the villagers and all who use the fresh well water this project is providing. Thank you for letting us help.
Willis and Sharon Robinson