The Long Journey Home
Howdy Sunday. Today the mules and I start our long journey home. From Hailey, Idaho, where we ended our mule ramble, we head back toward western North Carolina, where we started our journey 7 months ago.
This time, instead of walking, we’re heading up the road in our beloved 1992 diesel Dodge. We would have left sooner but after checking over the rig (1992 Brenderup trailer) I discovered some spots on the tires balder than the top of my head.
Where were the mules during all of this? Hiding out in far corner their new pasture of course.
About the Towing Rig
I know. To some, our transport seems meager compared to the big trucks and living quarter trailers many folks use these days. I’ve owned this 1992 D250 Dodge 15 years. There’s something comforting and hypnotic about its 12 valve, computer free Cummins diesel heart purring away as it pushes us up the road. It’s rarely let me down on numerous cross-country drives and even 2 forays in to Canada. I’d like to think I’d hang on to it even if I won the lottery (which I don’t play).
There’s also something comforting about hauling my mules with gear that doesn’t cost too much. Between the truck and trailer, I have less than $9k sunk in to the purchase price of reliable equipment. I would, and have, driven this truck tens of thousands of miles across America and beyond.
Yes, $9k is a chunk of change. But it’s not $50k which is what you’ll pay for a new base model Dodge with the Cummins diesel. Oh, and don’t forget to add another $15k-plus for the new aluminum tag along trailer. That adds up to $65k, a long cry from 9,000 smackers. And we’re just talking a 2-door pickup and a small trailer. Man up to a new dually Dodge and aluminum living quarter trailer and you could easily sail in to the $100k to $150 range.
That just doesn’t sound like a fun way to haul 2 cheap mules around. Besides, you can buy a whack-load of new tires for your old trailer with what you’d save over buying a new one.
The Route Home
It’s 2,200 miles from Hailey, Idaho back home to Lenoir, North Carolina. From Hailey, we plan to head east toward the following places where we’ll spend the night:
- Rawlins, Wyoming
- Lincoln, Nebraska
- St Louis, Missouri
- ??? (Maybe Nashville, TN, maybe Lenoir, NC)
It feels good to head home. It feels good to know that – barring breakdowns and the unforeseen – I’ll be home with my wife Julia toward the middle of next week.
Enjoy your Seventh Day.