Monday, July 8, 2019

Smoky Drive to Healy

This morning, I took a leisurely drive down to Healy. Leisurely as I had the snowplow installed and the recommendation is around 45 mph. I ended up pulling onto the shoulder to let some cars and trucks pass but only needed to do that a couple of times. I dropped off the plow at their home and still need to remove the mount and wiring from the truck. They are planning on installing it on a Dodge as well but an earlier year. Hopefully, it's compatible. The return trip seemed much faster and the engine ran a bit cooler. I guess the plow was kind of blocking the radiator. The outside air temperature was indicating 130°F (it was only 75°F) since the sensor is next to the left headlight. Not much air flow. They are coming back into Fairbanks for the RAHI graduation as several of their students have been part of the program this summer.

I offered to deliver the plow to them as it is really the simplest way. And they happily agreed and said that my offer was completely unexpected. Otherwise, they would have to install the mount on their truck after I removed it from mine. If I needed to move the plow, I can't since the mount is removed. To me, delivery was simple enough and around a 200-mile round trip.

The smoke was pretty heavy for most of the trip and even though Healy is quite a bit south of the fires (I think), visibility was still limited. I thought about stopping at the Parks Monument but you could barely see the trees that were 1/4 mile away. No long views at all.

4 comments:

redlegsrides said...

I bet your truck felt much zippier on the way back! :)

RichardM said...

Not only much zippier but ran a lot cooler as well. No longer 130°F on the way back.

david R said...

Bummer about the smoke. Seems thicker tonight. We had a flight planned for next week, doesn't look likely now with visibility in the IFR class most of the time. Nice of you to deliver the plow, cool that it turned out to be someone I know.

RichardM said...

I thought it may be an opportunity to escape the smoke but no…

Plus, it’s easier for everyone if I just delivered it.