Lived through a nightmare: or Wagons, Tractors, and Duallys, Oh, my!
Briefly this was my nightmare:
A narrow road, my BGC passing two sets of old wagons, a tractor and large grain cart, a dually pulling a wagon all in line in the dark.
William said it was my idea to move last night to a field that is 30 minutes away. I said we could, not that we had to. Anyway, we came up on the usual amount of home bound cars at 5:30pm who aren’t sure how to pass equipment. William pulling the bean head in front of me in my BGC of course. We turned down a narrow road. William called to let me know that he was going ahead to get the bean head in position to hook it up. So basically he left me. Hoping it was not another combine, I saw some flashing lights coming toward me. As I drove closer, I saw a large dark object silhouetted on the narrow road. It turned out to be two sets of wagons setting on the road with not lights or reflectors on the back. Knowing my BGC is wide, I thought this is going to be fun. I briefly stopped when I was close then just pushed the hydrostat forward and went. I know my ladder was inches from the wagon tires and was waiting for my hazard light to smack the wagon but it didn’t. Crawling past them, the lights that cast the silhouette came from a tractor pulling a grain cart which was wider than the old wagons. I veered more to the ditch as I could, thinking William will hear about this. Got passed him without scraping anything. Then came a white dually truck with a wagon. As I was passing him I could see him eyeballing the ladder that was about to take the white paint off his truck. If he was thinking, “Why didn’t this idiot fold the ladder forward?!” He would have been right. I had the ladder out but I did not take the paint off his truck. I made it thru then let a truck that was following me go around.
What’s the lesson learned? not to take the BGC on narrow roads at night, put the ladder out of the way. Or better yet have William drive the combine next time. He could have said, “Let’s wait ’til morning.” I’m just glad I don’t have to call my insurance guy.
There’s another nightmare brewing. If this one happens, I’ll try to take pictures of it to share.