Now keep in mind that Irene has been off the road since last December. She was quite nervous, of not only getting behind the wheel, but also getting into a truck she had never driven before. She was a little shaky out the gate, literally the truck was shaking. Throttle, clutch, shift, she was just a little rusty but I had started her off on the interstate where I knew she would be able to get used to it without a lot of shifting like you would in a city. We had been rolling for about 45 minutes and I noticed Irene kept glancing at the floor under the steering wheel. I asked her what she was looking for. “The brake pedal” she replied. “OMG…are you kidding me?” I said. “What’s the problem?” she asked. Do ya think that might have been an important question before ya got rolling Irene? I helped her along though by telling her it’s the peddle in the middle…lol
Well after a couple of hours behind the wheel and her knuckles bleach white from the death grip she had on the steering wheel, I asked her how she was liking the truck so far. “I like it!” she replied. I could tell by that big grin on her face that she really was enjoying her new ride. We were on our way to Dallas to drop a UPS shipment and she asked me which way we were going? I told her down to Atlanta and across. “ATLANTA! Are you kidding me?” she screamed. Do you know what the traffic is like in Atlanta? That was panic attack #2 in the truck. The 1st one was mine when she was looking for the brake. I wasn’t sure if now would be a good time to tell her that we would hit Atlanta at rush hour. Needless to say she made it thru Atlanta and has been driving like a champ ever since with just a couple bobbles.Oh, and I may as well go ahead and tell ya’s now, because I know if I don’t she will. First, I stalled the truck at an intersection the 1st day we went out. (Pretty sure Irene was distracting me, just kidding) and 2nd Irene has been getting better fuel mileage out of the truck than I have. (She always drives the flat land and leaves me with the mountains, again kidding) It’s been 7 days out now and it’s seems like we never left the road. We laugh; we enjoy the road, and can never wait to see what tomorrow brings. The other day I said to Irene “we can honestly say there is an “I” in this team”. She looked at me with a puzzled look and asked what the "I" was for? LOL Your name honey…Irene…as I said, she’s a little rusty.
Life is good again!